Lessons to be Learned from the Resistance to Resilience

cartoon from VComply Recently, while attending a legal conference, I struck up a conversation with a gentleman I'll call John. It began like most social networking event conversations, but quickly took a turn I wasn't expecting. While it was off-putting (for reasons you will soon see), it held important insight into the resistance to the …

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 …

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 …

Book Review & Activity Guide: What Do You Do With A Problem?

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men and women, and there is no better time than childhood to strengthen that resiliency muscle! Looking for creative solutions to problems, seeing them as opportunity and allowing them to build our grit all contribute to resilience. Kobi Yamada's book, What Do You Do With …