Thank you for participating in the workshop, “Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging Young Professionals in Law Firms and Legal Departments”.   I thought I’d share my research with you. I found these studies, articles and books helpful in creating the session on engagement.  At the end of the list, I’ve provided additional resources related to leadership in law firms. If you are looking for a speaker or consultant in the areas of leadership, management, engagement or business development, please call me to discuss your ideas. I’d love to help.

Mark Beese


Millennials:  Not Attached to Employers or Institutions (Gallup)

How Millennials Want to Work and Live (Gallup)

Breaking Monotony with Meaning: Motivation in Crowdsourcing Markets (Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization)

White Paper: Retaining & Advancing Women in National Law Firms (Stanford)

Millennials Surpass Gen Xers as the Largest Generation in the US Labor Force (Pew Research)

The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey – Executive Summary (Deloitte)

The 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey  (Deloitte)

2015 Employee Engagement Landscape Study: Championing Greatness or Capturing Mediocrity (PWC)

2016 Employee Engagement & Loyalty Statistics

2017 Employee Engagement and Loyalty Statistics

Articles on Engagement

Declining Employee Loyalty: A Casualty of the New Workplace – Wharton

Millennials Disconnected from Employers and Institutions

The US Chairman of PwC on Keeping Millennials Engaged – HBR

What Do Millennials Actually Want From the Workplace?

What Facebook Knows About Engaging Millennial Employees

How to be a Company that Employees Love – HBR

How to Be the Boss without Being the B-word (Bossy) – CCL

IDEO’s Employee Engagement Formula – HBR

The Right Kind of Stress Can Bond Your Team Together – HBR

Engaging Your Employees is Good, but Don’t Stop There – HBR

Two Sides of Employee Engagement – HBR

Employee Engagement Does More Than Boos Productivity – HBR

The Intangible Things Employees Want from Employers – HBR

What Amazing Bosses Do Differently – HBR

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation – HBR

How Corporate Culture Affects the Bottom Line – Duke

What it Really Takes to Attract Top Talent – HBR

Creating the Best Workplace on Earth – HBR

The Best Law Firms to Work for:  Biglaw “Quality of Life” Rankings – Above the Law

Six Companies that Get Employee Engagement – and What they Do Right – CMI (UK)


Be The Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders (CCL) – William Gentry

What Millenials Want From Work: How To Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce  (CCL) – Jennifer Deal and Alec Levenson

Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through The Science of Total Motivation – Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor

You Raised Us – Now Work with Us:  Millennials, Career Success and Building Strong Workplace Team – Lauren Stiller Rikleen

Ladder Down:  Success Strategies for Lawyers from Women Who Will be Hiring, Reviewing and Promoting You – Lauren Stiller Rikleen

Getting Clients: For Lawyers Starting Out or Starting Over – Merrilyn Astin Tarlton

The No Asshole Rule:  Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t – Bob Sutton

(see also “Why I Wrote the No Asshole Rule Book – Sutton)  HBR

Leadership and Law Firms

Leadership In Law Firms – CCL – Nick Petrie

The Changing Nature of Leadership in Law Firms – CCL, Roland Smith and Paul Marrow

Herding Cats – Larry Richard

Herding Cats – Video

Leadership Isn’t Management – Mark Beese

The Law Firm as Learning Organization – Mark Beese

Four Necessary Leadership Skills – Mark Beese

Growth Mindset/Learning

Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset (TED)

Carol Dweck Revisits the “Growth Mindset”

How Companies Can Profit from a “Growth Mindset” – Harvard Business Review

Honing Your Humility: An Antidote for Big Egos – Mark Beese

How to Keep Learning and Still Have A Life – Harvard Business Review

How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization – Bob Sutton (Video)


Denning – A guide to storytelling – Stephen Denning


What is Your Persuasion Quotient? – Mark Beese

Persuasion – Jay_Conger

Scarf Model for Persuasion – David Rock


Personal Resiliency – Mark Beese

Developing a Strong Leader Network

A Leaders Network – CCL – Phil Willburn and Kristin Cullen

Generational Leadership – Millennials

Managing Millennials – Mark Beese


What Every Leader Needs to Know About Followers – Harvard Business Review – Barbara Kellerman

Leadership Videos

Lollipop Moments – Drew Dudley

Leadership Playlist – TED