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Where to Find Good News — and Why You Should Look for It by Dr. Larry Richard, LawyerBrain LLC — Monday, April 20, 2020 This morning I joined Cecilia B. Loving as a presenter in a webinar that we presented as part of the NYC Bar Association’s Mindful Mondays series. We called our session Tips for Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Anxiety: What Lawyers Can Do to Thrive During the Crisis. We covered a number of evidence-based strategies…
Tips for Coping with Coronavirus-Induced Anxiety[1] by Dr. Larry Richard, LawyerBrain LLC As I’ve spoken with my clients this week, the most frequent request has been for concrete actions that their lawyers and staff can take to cope with coronavirus-fueled anxiety. Here is a baker’s dozen of self-help tips that I hope will help. All of these are evidence-based, backed by at least several studies, and, in some cases, years of solid research. Some…
Hello to all my readers. I haven’t posted on this blog site for a couple of years because I’ve been so busy with consulting. The CoronaVirus crisis has given me some breathing room. Here’s an article about how you as a leader can incorporate some important psychological principles into the way you respond to the crisis: The Psychology of Crisis Leadership Law firm leaders[1] are intensely focused on responding to the CoronaVirus crisis. However,…
More advice has been written about leadership than just about any other topic in the social sciences. My clients often ask me if I can distill this leadership wisdom into a very short synopsis that’s tailored to lawyers in senior leadership roles. I’ve resisted doing this because there are so many good books on leadership (although very few of them address leadership in law firms). If you want to dig into that literature, start with…
This blog post was originally published at the Legal Executive Institute website, a ThomsonReuters site, on December 19, 2016  (http://tinyurl.com/futurelawyer): We in the legal profession — especially those of us in Big Law — have always been very clear about our criteria for what kind of lawyer we’d like to hire. Indeed, there’s nearly universal agreement that we want someone who’s smart; and then we look for the indicia of a strong analytical ability,…
These two podcasts were originally published at the Legal Executive Institute website, a ThomsonReuters site. Podcast #1 discusses why change is hard for lawyers, and Podcast #2 discusses what you can do about it. I was recently interviewed by Gregg Wirth, the Content Manager for the LEI blog site. On July 18th, 2016, he interviewed me about the psychological consequences of incessant change on lawyers and their performance. Here is the introductory blurb from the…
This blog post was originally published at the Legal Executive Institute website, a ThomsonReuters site, on September 20, 2016: Law firms are struggling these days to do a better job of retaining their Millennial lawyers. Millennials famously have less loyalty and a shorter time frame before jumping ship than any previous generation. Is this a baked-in problem, or can something be done about it? According to research by the Gallup Organization and others, there are definitely…
This article first appeared on Tuesday May 17, 2016, on the Legal Executive Institute blog site, which is curated by Thomson Reuters. One of my favorite leadership books is The Extraordinary Leader by John Zenger and Joe Folkman. In this book, the authors offer a number of findings from their own empirical research about what makes leaders effective, i.e., what makes constituents actual follow leaders. One of their principal conclusions is that constituents follow leaders who…