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Leadership Development in Just Two Hours (and less than 500 words!)

I spent several years on the faculty of the Nottingham Law School teaching a two-year MBA in Legal Practice. Then I was asked to design an MBA in a day! My consulting colleagues teased me that I hadn’t got it … Continue reading

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We Can Give Feedback, But Do We Know How to Receive it?

What’s it like for you in any of these situations: A close relative or friend gives you some critical comments on what you’re wearing Your in-laws give you parenting tips as your toddler has another bout of tantrums in a … Continue reading

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Are These the Reasons Women are Leaving Law Firms?

Sherwood Consulting has carried out an online survey with woman lawyers to find out why so many talented women are leaving the profession. We received 59 responses and here are the key findings: Only 30% are getting sufficient developmental feedback, … Continue reading

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Here’s Some Feedback for Law Firms – Your Feedback Isn’t Working!

There – I’ve said it and got it off my chest! Phew – that feels a lot better! But it won’t make any difference for several reasons , including: You don’t know me or trust me, so you don’t know … Continue reading

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Should Law Firms Eliminate Annual Appraisals?

Let’s face it, associates hate receiving appraisals and partners hate giving them. They’re probably doing more harm than good in many cases. A lot of talented people are being left confused at best and demotivated at worst. It is important to … Continue reading

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Getting the Best Out of External Trainers

There are many good reasons for using an external training firm: a search for objectivity, fresh ideas or a different style, the need for skills and experience you don’t have, or simply, the need for an extra pair of hands. … Continue reading

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Career Progression for Lawyers – Transitions and Reinventions

For many associates there isn’t a great feeling of career advancement. One senior L&D director describes it as more like a process of walking across a barren desert with tumbleweed blowing across a poorly defined track and occasional signs that … Continue reading

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Managing Generation Y – What Works and What Doesn’t!

Managing the new generation of talent clearly isn’t easy in law firms. Are law firms getting it right with this new Gen Y and their different values?  Our work in Sherwood PSF Consulting shows vast differences between firms in performance … Continue reading

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Why Lawyers Don’t Give Constructive Feedback

I am not sure why senior lawyers aren’t giving their junior lawyers more useful feedback. After all, we know: how important it is for lawyers to get everything right and manage risk how important it is to work efficiently, particularly … Continue reading

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Mind the Knowing-Doing Gap – Through Practice

What do I mean by the Knowing-Doing gap? Here are a couple of examples: Most partners know they should be giving regular feedback to associates – praising good efforts and correcting errors. Yet associates tell us repeatedly that they don’t … Continue reading

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