How to build a great law firm culture

Our Director of Human-centred Development, Amy Gilmore was interviewed for an article in the Law Society journal on How to build a great law firm culture.  How?… Get clear on values, but do more than just pay lip service. Values like empathy, diversity and integrity must be modelled by partners and junior members alike, otherwise there is a risk that the behaviour within the firm will not be congruent with its advertised ideals. Like all MindNavigators Amy is a passionate advocate for reshaping organisational cultures to make them truly “human-centred” and “That means a workplace that fosters positive human experiences…

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Goal Setting

Why set goals? How clear are you on your future direction?  What are your goals – for the next 6 months, 12 months, 3 years, 5 years….and beyond? The Harvard MBA graduate class of 1979 were asked about their future plans and surprisingly 84% of those graduates had no specific goals defined; 13% had goals (but not in writing); and just 3% had clearly formulated, documented goals with associated plans. A decade later when the graduates were surveyed again, the 13% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 84% without goals; and the…

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Quick Practice: Slowing your pace

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Higher-performing companies allow time to reflect and learn and in doing so, are more open to ideas, discussion and innovative thinking. By contrast, performance suffered at firms that moved fast all the time, focused too much on maximizing efficiency, stuck to tested methods, didn’t foster employee collaboration, and weren’t overly concerned about alignment.  This is according to Jocelyn David and Tom Atkinson. Although it might seem counterintuitive, slowing down can lead to higher levels of productivity and less wheel-spinning. Organisational performance starts with the individual. You might like to try this simple technique for overcoming auto-pilot and bringing mental clarity:…

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Diversity beyond social agenda

“Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world.”. -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau As a key driver of innovation and business growth, as well as employee retention, diversity remains a critical factor in business success. Organisations traditionally approach diversity in terms of characteristic differences (gender, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, physical ability, and of course many other categories). When we consider diversity, our focus is on perspectives, or diversity of thought. In the 1930’s Korzybski coined the phrase ‘the map is not the territory’, expressing the idea that our experience of reality is simply an approximation, rather…

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