This month IST had an opportunity to participate in the ALA Large Firm Retreat in San Diego, California. I would like to share a few of the thoughts and concepts that were presented during the conference.
There were several presentations and discussions regarding data and how large firms manage their data.
“Data is capital. There is an economic cost to producing data.”
Beau Mersereau, Fish and Richardson
The most valued asset of a firm is data – locked in documents, not systems, that need to be managed and protected. Building a data exchange within a firm gives people access in order to allow data to provide the knowledge edge.
Another presentation centered around positive leadership and mindfulness. Positive thinking is the link to a firm’s mission and vision. Managing ongoing change must take a positive approach to recognize the firm’s goals despite a VUCA environment (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous). Responding vs. Reacting may create different behaviors. Stop-Reflect-Think. In many firms the Executive Director is the “bridge” between the C Suite and Attorneys. It has been found that a positive environment impacts strength, i.e. positive emotions broaden and negative emotions narrow. A positive environment builds capacity in the brain as well as resilience and greater attention span.
So how can this be applied to your situation?
- Positive strengths can build a foundation to get from here to there
- Call out team member strengths, “I see you’re good at XXX”
- Focus in the moment during meetings and conversations
- Be fully present and aware while talking with colleagues
- STOP – stop, think, observe, proceed
- Give people your full attention
- Use collaborative role model behavior
- Ask intentionally ‘positive’ questions
- Engage and empower positive strengths of the team
- Influence what we can’t control