Justice Debate

Lawyers Leading the Justice Debate

This is our last post in our summer series on leadership. We looked to the past to see what it means to be a workplace leader in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers. Then we looked to the future to…
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Lawyers Leading the Revolution

Lawyers Leading the Revolution

It’s the 4th of July. And on this Election Year Independence Day, we yet again have a lawyer running for President of the United States. The last time neither presidential candidate attended law school? The 1980 election – Jimmy Carter…
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Traditionalists

Traditionalists: A Generation of Service and Loyalty

For the past year, I have been writing about the different generations in the workplace. I’ve talked about Millennials, and Baby Boomers, and Millennials again, and, let’s not forget them Gen Xers. But as the Commission approaches a massive roll-out of…
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Gen X Leaders

Don’t Forget About Gen X Leaders

Canada’s new prime minister has a certain distinction (other than being the son of Canada’s former prime minister). Justin Trudeau is the first Gen X prime minister in Canada’s history. His appointed cabinet is the most diverse cabinet in Canada’s…
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future workplace

Surviving the 24/7 Future Workplace

What will the future workplace look like? We all know that Millennials believe in flexible working hours and working from home. Millennials do not see work and life as two opposing weights that need to be balanced, but rather as…
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Annual Report

Recognizing Millennial Leadership

On January 1, 2011, the first Baby Boomer turned 65 years old. Every day since, 10,000 Boomers have turned 65. This will continue for the next 14 years. And then one December night, in 2029, the very last Baby Boomer…
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Communicating as a Leader

Communicating as a Leader

Leadership is not a set of skills that you must go off and get at some seminar—they are habits, ways of interacting with others—that achieve results.  The raw materials are inherent in each of us. Like a performance art or…
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Interupt Gender Bias of Speaking

Interrupt the Gender Bias of Speaking

Stereotypically speaking, women talk a lot. Statistically speaking, men talk more – at least within professional settings. Men tend to speak more frequently, loudly and dominantly than their female colleagues, which has effectively silenced many women in the workplace. The…
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Collaborative Leadership

Leadership Is Not Fear-Inducing

Should leadership tactics be different because of the changes engulfing the practice of law? Maybe. A dictatorial, hierarchical approach to management has flourished in many legal organizations over the past many decades. The managing partner or a department head would…
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loyalty

Where Did Loyalty Go?

There’s no loyalty anymore! I’ve heard that accusation from both law firm partners and associates. But accusations don’t help us solve problems nor will they ever help us move forward. Rather, we need to start re-thinking the traditional employer-employee relationship,…
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Men Women Lawyers Empathy

Embrace the Empathy Piece

I have been catching up on business leadership books and articles lately, and have come to the conclusion that three skills essential for successful leadership going forward may leave lawyers in the dust unless we rapidly embrace them. They fall…
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