Ronda Muir

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Muir is a lawyer with both Big Law and inside counsel experience in the US and abroad. Grounded in the behavioral sciences, she provides psychologically sophisticated and business-savvy advice to maximize individual and organizational law practice performance in the 21st century. Muir specializes in getting your lawyers invested in their careers, motivated, productive, profitable and leading effectively.

Muir publishes LawPeopleBlog and is an award-winning author and speaker on numerous current issues unique to the legal industry. Her best-selling book Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence, published by the ABA in 2017, is the first comprehensive guide to understanding, using and raising emotional intelligence in the unique context of law practice.

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A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology confirmed that emotional intelligence can be a highly effective gauge for measuring an employee’s suitability. To meet that need, the researchers at the Universities of Geneva and Berne, Switzerland, developed assessments for employers to use during the hiring process to determine a candidate’s levels of sensitivity to and recognition of emotions. To create these tests, the researchers interviewed over 40 managers of Swiss-based firms to…
Everyone at Law People Management wish you and yours the happiest of holidays! May you travel safe, enjoy the company of family and friends, and experience the profit of a successful career and the peace of a life well-lived. For a more emotionally intelligent 2019, the ABA is offering a 20% discount off the applicable member price on Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence and other ABA titles using discount code ‘OURGIFT18.’  ENJOY!      …
If there were any question as to whether emotional intelligence positively impacts every endeavor, research has recently verified that even athletes benefit from EI. A study of marathon runners showed that, of 237 runners, those with higher emotional intelligence finish half-marathons faster than their low EI competitors, even after controlling for the effects of physical training and the number of half marathons run in the past. The researchers found that those who can control their…
As we count our Thanksgiving blessings, we should remember the many lawyers (and their friends and families) who are not feeling blessed, but rather tormented by the life they are leading in the law. As most are aware by now, Gabe MacConaill, a young bankruptcy partner at Sidley Austin, died in October from self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the parking garage of the firm’s Los Angeles office. His wife has written a heart-wrenching tribute to her husband…
  We are proud to announce that Law People has been nominated from a field of hundreds to compete in The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Contest, one of the largest competitions for legal blog writing online today. Now it is up to the readers to select the very best of the blogs with an open voting format that allows participants one vote per blog. Each blog will compete for rank within its category, with the…
Paul Rawlinson, Baker McKenzie’s Global Chair, stepped down temporarily from his position last month. The firm’s announcement read in part: “Based on the advice of his doctor, in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion, Paul has decided to take a step back from Firm leadership and client responsibilities to make his health and recovery his immediate priority.” While we don’t know the particulars of Mr. Rawlinson’s situation, the legal profession generally seems similarly overcome.…
Now that we’ve made it past Halloween with its tricks and treats, let’s turn to some everyday scariness. Nearly half of the respondents (45%  of 800) to the October monthly survey of the National Judicial College (NJC) alumni indicated they have suffered from secondary traumatic stress (STS), defined as “the emotional duress of hearing about the firsthand trauma experience of another.” More than 150 judges were moved to make comments about their unsettling memories (photos of the…