The Interplay of Stress, Disruption, and Innovation

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 whether that change is positive or negative,Continue reading “The Interplay of Stress, Disruption, and Innovation”

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 suddenlyContinue reading “BigLaw Isn’t Waking Up To The Alarm and It’s Killing Lawyers”

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’tContinue reading “The Cost of Not Caring”

Goal Setting Builds Resilience

Being resilient is a belief in the 3 P’s (Personalization, Permanence, and Pervasiveness) for managing upset. This concept comes from Dr. Martin Seligman and it is a reminder that: in the midst of our adversity that while it involves us, it is not necessarily because of us (personalization), that the feeling of grief/ challenge/ crisisContinue reading “Goal Setting Builds Resilience”

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 WithContinue reading “Book Review & Activity Guide: What Do You Do With A Problem?”

Cultivating Resilience in Lawyers from the Ground Up

I had the privilege of being a fly on the wall at Quinnipiac Law School‘s Business of Law Symposium last weekend. Now, it’s not my usual way to spend a beautiful spring Saturday, particularly since I am not an attorney or a law student. I have, however, become increasingly aware of burnout, substance abuse andContinue reading “Cultivating Resilience in Lawyers from the Ground Up”

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

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 9- Mindfulness

If you are like me, you might picture an individual in a very Zen posture in deep meditation any time someone mentioned mindfulness. Also, if you are like me, your reaction might be “who’s got time for THAT?” I’ve told myself that even if I had time, I’d be terrible at it. My mind wouldContinue reading “10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 9- Mindfulness”

10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 7- Challenges are Recharging

I am a pretty active person; running and getting to the gym a few times a week is something I enjoy. Not everyone does, and I get that. After a long Monday, even the most die-hard gym rat can lose motivation. The pull of the couch is strong.¬†Good! We all need time to recharge. ThereContinue reading “10 Days & 10 Ways to Build Resilience: Day 7- Challenges are Recharging”

Just the same

I dropped my son off in front of his high school this morning. Just the same as I do every morning. Just the same as many parents dropped off their children in front of Parkland High School yesterday morning. Just the same. Just the same. Just the same. We say that being resilient means theContinue reading “Just the same”