“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
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:
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.
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
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
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
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