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Perfect Phrases for Performance Reviews

The ability to craft an employee review that is meaningful and change-driven is what separates average supervisors from great managers. How often, though, have you struggled to find the most appropriate words for your needs?

This completely revised and updated second edition of Perfect Phrases for Performance Reviews provides hundreds of ready-made phrases you can use to clearly communicate any employee's performance in 74 different skill areas. Learn the most effective language for:
  • Crafting an accurate, carefully worded assessment
  • Documenting behaviors and accomplishments
  • Guiding and developing promising workers
  • Conducting face-to-face interviews
Member: $12.95
Nonmember: $17.95

Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier
This cutting-edge guide shows lawyers how to use a practical, goal-centric approach to social media, with the purpose of enabling them to identify the social media platforms and tools that best fit their practice and to implement them easily, efficiently, and ethically. Authors: Carolyn Elefant and Nicole Black 200 pages. Paperback
Member: $47.95
Nonmember: $79.95

Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You'll find the most current information and recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office might need. It's written in clear, easily understandable language to make implementation easier if you choose to do it yourself, or you can use it in conjunction with your IT consultant. Either way, you'll learn how to make technology work for you.
Topics include:
  • Updated recommendations for hardware and software, including Mac products
  • Navigating the minefield of social media
  • The authors' favorite utilities
  • The rapidly evolving smartphone market
  • Data security--what reasonable measures should you be taking in light of the new ethics rules?
  • The Paper LESS office: Kicking the paper habit
  • Cloud computing pros and cons
  • Where the legal tech world will be in 2014
Authors: Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., John W. Simek and Michael C. Maschke
Member: $54.95
Nonmember: $89.95

Someone’s in the Kitchen with FALA
Tantalize your taste buds while supporting the Foundation of ALA! This unique collection or recipes, covering everything from appetizers and soups, main courses and desserts, represents a true collaborative effort of ALA’s 101 chapters, international members, Headquarters staff, and the FALA trustees. For all sales, 100 percent of proceeds will go to the Foundation of ALA. Author: Compiled by Char Coulbert. 336 pages.
Member: $10.00
Nonmember: $10.00

The Big Book of HR
Managing people is the most challenging part of any leader's day. And that job certainly is not getting any easier. The Big Book of HR will provide any HR professional, manager, or business owner of any size organization the information they need to get the most from their talent.

It is filled with information on everything from the most strategic HR-related issues to the smallest tactical detail of how to manage people.

The Big Book of HR will clearly and comprehensively explain how to:
  • Identify, motivate and retain your superstars
  • Determine the employees you need and when to hire them
  • Select the best applicants for your positions and your culture
  • Assimilate new talent into your organization
  • Manage using total rewards and performance management
  • Maintain positive employee relations and manage conflict
Each topic covered includes information on associated legal issues, and includes stories from leading organizations to illustrate how Human Resources can positively impact the organization. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to test your understanding of the topic and encourage additional thought. Many sample forms and templates plus a list of additional resources are included, as well.
Member: $17.95
Nonmember: $22.95

The Chief Operating Officer: Managing A Law Firm in Challenging Times
An exploration of the many varied responsibilities and challenges of the COO role, this book examines the nuanced, subtle combination of leadership, management, guidance and wisdom that enables the COO’s firm to achieve excellence in client service and an enduring, powerful brand.

Among the responsibilities and challenges discussed, it includes:

  • The evolution of the legal industry and the impact on the COO role
  • Managing the cross-generations
  • Understanding and managing generational influence
  • The relationship dynamic
  • Leadership traits and competencies
  • Partnership or corporation: which form will prevail?
Author: Arthur T. Gurwitz.
Member: $47.95
Nonmember: $52.95

The Essential Performance Review Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource For Any Manager or HR Professional
Are performance reviews at your company like fruitcake--you get it every year whether you want one or not? It doesn’t have to be like that. Because everyone wants to know how they’re doing, how they measure up, and what their chances are for advancement and rewards.

And they want to do things right.

The Essential Performance Review Handbook will help you understand why performance reviews:
  • Serve as an important business tool.
  • Motivate personnel and increase productivity.
  • Help achieve your company goals.
  • Improve manager-employee communication.
  • Reduce your risk of legal liability.

Whether you’re a manager or a HR professional, this is an indispensable resource to help you create confident, motivated, and productive employees.

“The Essential Performance Review Handbook turns the writing of such appraisals from a tedious paperwork chore to a powerful management and motivational tool—a valuable new way of thinking about an old task.”—Robert Bly, author of 101 Ways to Make Every Second Count

“This book should be required reading for all employers and their supervisors.”—Henry P. Baer, former chair of the labor & employment law practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Whether you’re a manager or a HR professional, this is an indispensable resource to help you create confident, motivated, and productive employees.

Member: $12.95
Nonmember: $17.95

The Extraordinary Administrator
Featured ALA Book Learn what it takes to be an extraordinary administrator and chart a successful career. This book is published with the support of the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators in memory of former ALA President David Brezina. Author: Paul A.C. Malliaté. 134 pages. Softcover.
Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $45.00

The Extraordinary Law Firm: Making Your Firm a Great Place to Work
Great law firms do not just happen. They are the products of exceptional leadership and sweat equity. This book aims to equip firm managers with the knowledge and desire to transform their offices into the remarkable workplaces that deliver not only superior client service, but also the utmost satisfaction for each and every person who is part of that effort. The author draws from 12 case studies to create specific checklists for firms of any size to use to create an extraordinary law firm. Author: Charles E. Stinnett.
Member: $45.00
Nonmember: $55.00

The Extraordinary Managing Partner: Reaching the Pinnacle of Law Firm Management
Featured ALA Book Essential reading for anyone who is serving as a managing partner in a law firm, or simply interested in acquiring additional understanding of what is involved in law firm management. The third in the Extraordinary Series, this book is based on research obtained from managing partners and their teams, and provides - from a variety of knowledgeable perspectives - what it takes to move beyond doing “very well” to being a highly effective and extraordinary law firm management leader.
Author: John J. Michalik, J.D. 184 pages. Softcover.
Member: $55.00
Nonmember: $65.00


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