Podcast S2 Ep2: Gerry Riskin

Host, Ray D'Cruz, is joined by Co-Founder & Partner of Edge International, Gerry Riskin, for an in-depth conversation on how to lead high performance professional services firms.

December 11, 2020

Ray D'Cruz
Performance Leader

In this extended podcast, co-founding Partner of Edge International, Gerry Riskin, talks to me about his reflections on 40 years leading and advising leaders of professional firms. Recording this podcast with Gerry was a treat. He's one of the most generous and positive people. We cover a lot of territory in this podcast, from what makes a great managing partner (spoiler alert: courage), to advice for new managing partners, to change management, partner evaluation, dispersed teams and knowledge management (specifically one of our pet topics: after action reviews). Gerry also reflects on his own journey, from his desire at an early age to be a lawyer, his passion for business management and the profound influence of David Maister on his life. (Full transcript below).

About our Guest

Gerry Riskin, B. Com, LLB, P. Admin, is an internationally recognized lawyer, author and management consultant and a founder of Edge International.

A graduate of commerce as well as law, he began practicing in 1973 and was Managing Partner of a law firm in Canada and Hong Kong. Gerry co-founded Edge International in 1983 and turned to full time consulting in 1989.

Gerry is author of The Successful Lawyer, Creating the Marketing Mindset, Herding Cats and beyond KNOWING.

Apart from being a prolific speaker to legal associations and law firm networks globally, as well as frequently conducting workshops, retreats and seminars, Gerry engages in:

  • counseling law firm leaders on
  • structure and management of their law firms
  • marketing and client development
  • recruiting and developing talent;
  • creating and implementing competitive strategies;
  • performing law firm cultural assessments;
  • providing skills training in leadership and client relations; and
  • coaching on effective management and building books of business

Gerry focuses on implementation and execution with which many excellent law firms struggle. He has served hundreds of clients from small boutiques to mega firms.

As an authority on developing trends that impact the profession, Gerry habitually disseminates such information as well as potential reactions, including the impact of a pandemic and the resulting need to prepare for and effectively work virtually.

Gerry is still a Canadian but has resided on the Caribbean Island of Anguilla, British West Indies for the past 25 years.

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