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We've been talking about firm culture a bit, but haven't really defined the term. Think of it as your law firm's personality. While you've probably heard the concept of "lifestyle firm" when it comes the occasional BigLaw or MidLaw firm, you're probably wondering what that has to do with small law firms. Well, we're here to tell you that it is definitely important to small law firms.

Let's look at some ways law firm culture will play a larger role in your firm's business.

We've talked a lot on this blog about how to give feedback to employees, but as we said on Friday, communication is a two-way street. Just as we have feedback for our employees, they may have some feedback of their own for us, or the firm as a whole. Hearing out your employees will lead to a happier firm workforce because your associates and staff will feel that their opinions are valued. Not only that, but they may have some good ideas too.

Here are four tips for how to accept feedback from your employees.

You may be sick of hearing Pharrell Williams' "Happy" by now, but you'd be lying if you said it didn't put a smile on your face, and a swing in your step -- at least when it first hit the radio waves. And, maybe it resonated with so many people because well, people like to be happy.

Even lawyers.

Earlier this week we read an article in Inc. about company culture hacks for a happier workplace. We were inspired, and decided to give their hacks a law firm twist -- especially considering lawyers seem to struggle with this "happy" thing just a bit. Here are five easy things you can do to make your law firm a happier place.

Google Ventures, a leader in technological innovation, has adopted a rather simple way of keeping track of time during meetings -- the Magic Clock. Not really "magic," the term is borrowed from grade schools. Jake Knapp, a design partner at Google Ventures, saw it in his son's first grade classroom, and said, "I figured what worked for small children would probably work well for CEOs, too," reports Entrepreneur.

So that got us thinking, what else can we borrow from preschool and first grade methodology to make law firms run more efficiently? After all, we're just more articulate versions of our preschool selves, right? The key thing about preschool and first grade is that students' time is very structured. By adding more structure to your time, you may use the little time you have more efficiently.

We recently read an interesting article about office oversharing, and were slightly amused by the fact that many of the examples cited in the piece involved attorneys, or people who worked in law offices. In a survey of 514 corporate and professional employees, three in five stated that they work with someone who overshares at least once a week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

So that got us thinking, as someone running, or working at, a small law firm, what should an attorney do to stop office oversharing? Read on to find out.

Ever wonder how the other half lives? The ABA Journal ran a piece this morning on how BigLaw firms, with massive architectural budgets, are rethinking their office spaces: glass walls, fancy cafeterias, and lounge-braries. It's high class hotel lobbies and lounges meet law offices, and for most of us, it's way, way out of the budget.

But, nestled in to the glamor shots of sinfully decadent décor were a few considerations that any firm, big or small, can weigh when picking or redesigning its office space. What can we learn from our bigger budgeted BigLaw brethren?

Psst. Have you heard? No? Well the word on the street is ...

We've all been there. A coworker has some juicy news he can't wait to share and you are so tempted to hear about it, but you know better than to engage in office gossip. As a leader at a small firm, it's up to you to manage damaging work place behavior.

Here are four ways to stop office gossip.

We recently came across a profile of hip eyewear company, Warby Parker's corporate book clubs, and thought that having a company wide book club -- formal or not -- is a great idea. And, it's not something limited to trendy companies that do good -- your law firm can have a book club. Not convinced?

Read on for three reasons why your law firm should have its own book club.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with varying degrees of excitement that vary across geographic and generational lines. In most colleges, you can bet that the student population will use the day as an excuse to take a cue from the "most interesting man in the world." While folks of an older (wiser) age, may just enjoy some chips and salsa.

As an employer of people from various backgrounds and ages, you may want to disclose up front what you expect on this festive day. Here are some tips for whether you should ole, or not.

We're well into spring, but if you're like most lawyers, you've been busy dealing with your case load and managing your firm, so you've let things like spring cleaning pass you by. It's not too late, it's still technically spring, and you've got almost two more months before it's officially summer.

Here are some tips for you to spring clean your firm.