The Productive Culture BlueprintThe Productive Culture Blueprint provides a methodology based on sound business principles and a real-life case study for building sustainable strategic productivity into the law department as well as enduring, effective relationships with outside law firms and a highly motivated and enthusiastic work force. Written for corporate law departments and their outside counsel, the book will help any organization energize its employees, transform its operations, and reap immense and immediate rewards.


Title The Productive Culture Blueprint for Corporate Law Departments and Their Outside Counsel
Category Nonfiction
Author Debra Snider
Pub Year 2003
ISBN 1-59031-139-6
Format Soft cover
Price $49.95
Pages 134
Publisher American Bar Association Career Resource Center

Positioning Statement:
The Productive Culture Blueprint is a blueprint for addressing corporate pressures to downsize by improving operating efficiency, productivity and employee job satisfaction. Complete with a real-life case study, explanatory examples, and a variety of practical tools like sample job descriptions, mission and vision statements and vendor management tactics, the book offers proven business know-how in a straightforward, easy-to-read and easy-to-use format. It will give corporate executives, in-house and outside lawyers and other leaders and managers what they need to increase productivity, eliminate waste and build strong, scalable, efficient and adaptable organizations with aligned, satisfied employees.

Intended Market:

General Counsel, corporate law departments, outside law firms, other executives responsible for staff functions who want to increase productivity and job satisfaction, eliminate waste, and focus on what matters most so as to do more with less

Selling Points:

  1. Straightforward, easy-to-follow theory, strategies and tactics for working smarter and easier instead of harder
  2. Builds a complete model that covers analysis of appropriate tasks, highest and best use of human resources, strategic vendor/partner management, and process and resource efficiency to achieve defined mission
  3. Chock-full of specific strategies, explanatory examples and practical tools, including case study, sample job descriptions, mission statements, goals, task analysis methodology and vendor management motivations and tactics
  4. Breaks down complex organizational design principles into simple, useful chunks, with examples to make them even easier to understand and follow
  5. Includes persuasive, cutting edge Not So Modest Proposal for Change that suggests changing the legal services industry's business model to emphasize client service over technical expertise and thereby increase quality, profitability and job satisfaction
  6. Author is a sought after public speaker who leaves audiences enthusiastic, energized and inspired. Snider has the credibility, the contacts and the following that result from a highly successful 20-year career as a lawyer and business executive in a major US city. She is offering more than nice-sounding theory; she has already produced exceptional results using the strategies and tactics she advises readers to try

Author's Biography:
Debra Snider is an author and speaker. She retired in 2001 from a distinguished 20-year career as a lawyer and business executive, a career that brought her both personal satisfaction and financial success. She has been a featured speaker in the United States and Europe on various topics including strategic productivity, change facilitation, leadership, client development, strategic vendor management, law department management, and success strategies for professional and business women. She has also consulted for nonprofit, corporate and law firm clients on projects in these topic areas.

From 1995-2000, Ms. Snider was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Heller Financial, Inc. in Chicago. In her combined functions, she had executive management responsibility for approximately 100 people and $100 million in annual expenditures. As General Counsel, she developed the vision, strategies and tactical blueprints for the law department and led its transformation from a cost center into a strategic corporate asset. As CAO, she oversaw the company's corporate services functions, including facilities, purchasing, office services, travel, records management, telecommunications, business resumption planning, security, and the Knowledge Center. In that capacity, she developed and implemented process improvement, vendor management, and other strategies and programs that aligned administration functions with business strategies and resulted in significant cost rationalization and savings.

From 1989-1995, Ms. Snider was a partner at Katten Muchin & Zavis (now Katten Muchin Rosenman) in Chicago, where she practiced primarily in the securities, securitization, and mergers & acquisitions areas. She currently serves on the Executive Council of Reading In Motion, a nonprofit organization committed to improving literacy in at-risk children, on the Advisory Board of The Corporate Legal Standard, Inc., and is a member of The Chicago Network. Admitted to practice law in Illinois, Ms. Snider is a 1979 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Nevada with her husband; they have two grown children.

Ms. Snider's other written works include two novels, Lost Wyoming (2016) and A Merger of Equals (2006), as well as a business book entitled Working Easier (Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, 2005).

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