Hogan Lovells: A few words of support for Andrew McGinty

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LONDON — It’s a silly time for news stories. But everyone seems to love a “bad business” story. So I feel sorry for Lovells’ man in China. He sent out a note to try to rally his senior staff and get them into the office on time.

Did it work?

We’re they embarrassed?

Ah, no.

There are some really exciting things happening in professional services businesses in Asia. I think it may be this generation’s Woodstock.

You’re laughing, but there have consistently been these big events in business: The rush to Hong Kong, the dawn of the bankers, the Y2K, the opening of Dubai, the rush out of finance… and many many more.  People who were in the thrall of those events talk about them wistfully.

The mergers and emergence of professional services firms in China and other parts of Asia, is happening right now.  It’s exciting.

In that context — with the mix of cultures, the overload of work, the demands on managers and leaders — the mild way in which a business leader asks his senior staff to show up to work on time, barely rates as a business story.

Most firms that deal in people, not goods, will know that getting people together, allowing them time to talk, cooperate and generate new ideas, is vital… particularly in times of change.

Clearly leaders need to be better communicators in times of change.  That’s not under discussion.

But lay-off on the guy in Shanghai who’s trying to get people to show up to work.



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