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“In a Remote Environment, Talent Development is Fraught With Risks”

“Law Firms have proven that they can work remotely, but can they train and develop lawyers without creating inequities in their talent pools?” (American Lawyer Magazine, September 2020) Mark Beese, President of Leadership for Lawyers, was quoted in the September 2020 issue of “The American Lawyer”, on how firms need to focus on issues of equity and inclusion in their remote professionals development efforts. “The role of a leader is to create a culture and an enviro
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Professional Development Activities Restrained Significantly During Covid Crisis

We crunched the numbers, and the results of our June 2020 Flash Survey on Professional Development Activities during the Covid Crisis are in. Key findings are summarized below. You can download the complete report here:
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Podcast: Strengthening Your Firm Leadership Through Feedback and Strategic Process Design

Hosts Chase Williams and Ryan Klein interviews Mark about leadership development in law firms and legal departments.  Listen to the podcast here. 
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Podcast: 12 Productivity Tips When Working from Home

Scott Love of Attorney Search Group interviewed me last week on how to make the shift to effectively work at home. He has a great series of podcasts that you can listen to here. The direct link to “12 Productivity Tips” can be found here.
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Marketing and Business Development Activities in the Covid-19 Crisis

As of this writing, the global economy is in a near standstill because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over the past few days I have spoken with friends from around the world from Nigeria to Iceland, lawyers and other professionals are working from home offices, trying to serve clients who are also working remotely.  At this point, we don’t know how long the work from home orders will persist nor the extent of the recession that will result.   We do know that the pa
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Leading Legal Organizations During the Corona Crisis

In this article, I outline what the near future will look like for law firms and legal departments, what people want from leaders during times of crisis, and four commitments leaders need to address as they plan to lead through a crisis.   What the next two to three months will look like As of this writing (March 16, 2020), we can make some predictions about what the next two or three months will look like for law firm and legal department operations.  The Covid-19 virus will continue
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12 Productivity Tips When Working from Home

As I write this, many firms are shutting down their physical offices and having professional staff work from home.  While most of us have done work from home before, often late at night or on a weekend, many professionals had not worked full time from a home office for an extended period.  I’ve been a consultant, trainer and coach for the past twelve years.  I work from a home office in my furnished basement.  Most of my coaching is conducted over the phone or video.&nb
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Improve Your Vision in 2020

Why being a visionary leader is critical in times of dynamic change “What leaders struggle with most is communicating an image of the future that draws others in – that speaks to what others see and feel.” – James M. Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of “The Leadership Challenge” As part of my leadership coaching practice, I often ask lawyers to take a 360 leadership assessment.  The lawyer asks those that they work with – other attorneys, staff and their superiors – to assess the lawye
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Design Thinking Mindsets that are Counter-Intuitive for Lawyers

One of the reasons design thinking has been slow to catch hold in legal is that some of the underlying mindsets are counter-intuitive for lawyers.  It is not that lawyers can’t embrace and practice these mindsets.  Rather, their training, incentives and environment have often encouraged the opposite attitude or behavior that is needed to innovate in this way.   I facilitate Design Thinking for Legal© workshops for lawyers, legal professionals and legal operations leaders in law firms and legal d
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