Right now, lawyers are both working from home and returning to the office in the midst of an anxiety-producing crisis. Even before this emergency, many organizations— law firms and legal departments alike—were already stretched thin, with culture fraying and individual well-being diminishing.
Now with the COVID-19 shock, the recession, and the social justice unrest, leaders need strategies not only to help their professionals stay engaged and productive, but also to support each other so that they emerge stronger after the crisis.
What can leaders do to build productive, healthy, collaborative virtual and in-person teams during this crisis?
Join this highly interactive Town Hall, led by Dr. Heidi Gardner and Dr. Larry Richard, to learn and discuss these strategies:
- Turn “Lone Gunslingers” into Team Players: Lawyers like lots of control and autonomy—even more so during a crisis where choices have been constrained. Learn 5 powerful principles to mobilize lawyers to work together—even though they’re not “working together.”
- Avoid the False Dichotomy of Accountability vs. Compassion:Many leaders—especially during a crisis—believe that a coercive style is essential in order to get their people to perform as expected. Compassion is seen as antithetical to productivity. In this Town Hall, we’ll show you how the best leaders can bring out the best in their people despite this apparent dilemma.
- Learn About the One Personality Trait That’s Dropping Like a Stone: Richard has spoken and written frequently about the 6 outlier personality traits that characterize lawyers. His research shows that there is now a 7th outlier trait, and it’s declining precipitously among lawyers just when we need it most. Learn what you can do about it.
- Inhibit Cognitive Bias to Support Diversity: Stress can increase stereotyping and unconscious bias, thus undermining diversity efforts and dampening morale.Learn about a powerful evidence-based strategy for reducing bias and capitalizing on diversity during a time of crisis.
- The Power of Collaboration in a Crisis: Hear Dr. Gardner’s latest research findings showing why collaboration is remarkably protective during a crisis.
Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School
Dr. Larry Richard, Founder & Principal Consultant, LawyerBrain LLC