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 …

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 …

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 …

Akin Gump Makes Steps to Improve Attorney Well-being. What Can Your Firm Do?

In response to increasing rates of depression, anxiety, addiction and suicide among attorneys, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has taken great strides in making the emotional and mental well-being of their lawyers a priority. Beginning in June, the Akin Gump Washington D.C. office will have on-site counselors available for appointments one day each week. This is …

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 10- Can You Hear Me Now?

The most resilient people are also skilled communicators. First, they have the ability to articulate their challenges and their coping strategies: "I can't stay late at work tonight on such short notice. Let's talk tomorrow about how we can get the job done more efficiently without either of us having to work overtime."  "I am …

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 8- Give It a Rest

Today's focus is specifically on resting and its positive impact on professional resiliency. Discipline, action, intensity, priority: those words do not usually invoke the word “rest.” And, yet, that is exactly what I am prescribing for both individual and organizational resilience. Any marathoner worth their running shoes understands the value of the Rest Day in …