You can tell a lot about a person by how they run their meetings. Inviting the correct people and creating clear agendas are just the beginning. But are they also demonstrating emotional intelligence? Are they making eye contact and actually paying attention, positively contributing to the conversation in a meaningful way? If we really want to improve how people work together at meetings (and by extension, in the entire organization), we need to develop and rely on our key emotional intelligence competency: empathy.
Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”
You’ve probably heard of the 20/60/20 Leadership Rule that divides people based on change-receptiveness. Harvard Business School classifies people based on performance levels: top performers, strong performers, and underachievers. As humans, we have an innate tendency to categorize people and things into groups to help us make sense of the world. How we view our people… meaning those we serve at our respective firms… is no different.
Over the last few weeks I’ve had a number of terrible experiences with traditional taxicabs. While I usually use Uber or other ride-sharing services when I travel for work, I used traditional taxis a few times recently for a variety of reasons. Never again! Nearly every taxi ride was laughably bad, especially when compared to the convenience of Uber. Here’s what happened and how this relates to lawyers.
Here’s the secret for lawyers to win all of their cases: Don’t take losers. That’s the first nugget of advice from a state district judge who shared a top 10 list for lawyers to win their cases during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 18.
You don’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. to be a prolific scholar. You do have to write however. And nearly all of the prolific academics I have met are daily writers. Daily writing is one of the most important strategies I can recommend to boost your productivity.
YouTube announced YouTube Newswire, a partnership with Storyful to provide a curated news feed with verified stories. According to the official blog, this grew out of the proliferation of user-generated YouTube videos that are already being used to support news reporting.
While cloud computing has penetrated virtually every sector of today’s economy, the legal world has remained a stubborn last bastion of old school, on-premise technology. Until now, few entrepreneurs have dared to attack this bulwark of backward, cloud-wary client-server thinking. Fortunately for today’s legal professionals, technology entrepreneurs are innovators, always looking for ways to make life easier for their customers. We’ve identified four entrepreneurs in the vanguard of this new legal cloud—bringing the promise and potential of the cloud to the world of law.
In a move that places a new priority on ‘page-turner,’ Amazon on July 1 will begin paying authors in its Kindle library program by the number of pages read, and not the number of times a book is checked out.
After nearly 28 years of service, Librarian of Congress James Hadley Billington announced his retirement on June 10, 2015, which becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2016. President Barack Obama is tasked with finding a replacement, who will then need to be confirmed by the Senate.
Brian Mathews of the Ubiquitous Librarian announced in late May that he would be ending his blog in 50 days. Click to read some of these finale posts, including “What did librarians want in 1945? Many of the same things we want today.”, “Could Your Library Answer 1 Million Reference Questions a Year?”, “Scientific Utopia: Improving the Openness and Reproducibility of Research”, and “From Teaching to Consulting: Librarians as Information Literacy Designers. An Interview with Carrie Donovan.”