I've spent a lot of time thinking and writing about the concept of working on the firm, rather than in it. Organizational design, human resources management, better technology, and strategic planning and implementation have helped our firm - and can help yours. We've confronted many problems along the way, but one problem I can't solve is the march of time.

While I expect to work for many years with my firm's No. 2, Cal Brown, I'm 64 and Cal just turned 59. It was clear a few years ago our firm needed a management structure for the next 20 years.

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