One BigLaw Firm’s Response to ‘Inappropriate Personal Conduct’ Demonstrates Its Resilience

Yesterday, the law firm Mayer Brown took the swift and decisive action in terminating one of its high-profile partners, Zac Barnett, for "inappropriate personal conduct" with one of his subordinates. How an organization reacts to crisis and challenge often reveals more about the culture than the crisis or challenge itself. This is particularly true regarding …

Grit versus Get ‘er Done: What Lawyers Need to Know

Patrick Krill's spot-on article in today's Law.com about the "just make it happen/just do it/get 'er done" mentality in the legal industry caught my attention. First, because of the much-needed encouragement to lawyers to set and hold boundaries, and second because it made me stop and question the difference between grit and "get 'er done." …

The Cost of Not Caring

With the pressures of the billable hour, a culture of perfectionism, law firm dynamics and political minefields, paying attention to the happiness of the individuals who make up a law firm can seem like a waste of precious resources. Years ago I spoke to one leader of a large company who candidly said he didn't …

Bids for connection: making your relationship more resilient

It's Valentine's Day week. Perhaps you are the ebullient cherub of the patron saint of love and romance, prepping your rose petals for your Valentine's evening. Or maybe you fall more to the, shall we say, jaded end of the spectrum and cringe at the Hallmark-contrived mandatory love-in. Most likely, like me, you fall somewhere …

On beginning

Yesterday, at the age of 83, poet Mary Oliver died. This month, as we focus on meaning and purpose, her passing gently yet insistently reminds us that it is never too early, nor too late, to do what we need to do. It requires us only to begin. THE JOURNEY One day you finally knewwhat …

Keep Indulging!

Happy New Year! And yes, you read that headline right. Keep indulging! I know it's January 4th and if you are like me, you are sitting somewhere back at work, slightly dazed, and craving fondue and a cocktail even though it's just 11:15am. We've indulged and partied and celebrated and taken naps and lived in …

The ROI of Resilience

As your business prepares to close another year, you might be looking ahead for what will continue to keep your people motivated, optimistic, focused and resilient. You might also worry about the cost of investing in positive mental health actions. More training, changed processes, increased screenings and new programs all incur cost, to be sure. …

Deck the Halls with Expectations! Fa-La-La-La-La Let’s Take a Breath!

It snowed in Charlottesville all day yesterday. When it finally eased off around 10pm, we had close to 8 inches of snow. The white blanket looked festive and sparkling surrounded in the neighborhood Christmas lights. I had been slow to feel much in the holiday spirit this year, but having "real snow" in Virginia before …