The Interplay of Stress, Disruption, and Innovation

Abstract photo created by freepik - http://www.freepik.com Innovation and disruption are words taking up a lot of ink right now, particularly in the legal industry where AI, NewLaw, compensation restructuring, and encroachment of the Big Four are coming fast and furious. Both have one common core: change. And change is stressful. It does not matter …

BigLaw Isn’t Waking Up To The Alarm and It’s Killing Lawyers

Today, Baker McKenzie confirmed the death of their Global Chair, Paul Rawlinson. In October of last year, Rawlinson took a leave of absence to focus on his personal health. Today's announcement of his untimely passing included word that his health issues were "caused by exhaustion." The lives of the Rawlinson family is forever changed: children suddenly …

R&R: Resilience Round-up

A weekly brief round-up of articles, conversations, hot-takes, and quips in the world of corporate and legal resilience. 1. Joe Milowic's Story of Depression Should Spur Renewed Focus on Lawyer Well-being With the backdrop of Joe Milowic's story of depression and renewal, this letter to the editor by Joseph Bellacosa in the New York Law …

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 …