Leading during a pandemic brought a unique blend of terror, excitement, and resilience. Leaders had to project confidence while grappling with uncertainty, fostering a sense of unity while dealing with personal challenges. As we look back on this period, I’ve distilled nine invaluable leadership lessons that hold true for anyone in a leadership role, regardless of their title or position. We may be through the worst of the pandemic, but in these modern times, it seems that we are regularly hit with crisis after crisis. So as we continue to have “unprecedented times,” let’s delve into some insights that have come to light. Continue Reading Leadership Lessons Amidst Uncertainty

On our podcast, Law Firm ILN-telligence, one of my favorite questions to ask our guests is about the most important lesson that they’ve learned over their career. During the dog days of August, it can feel like a bit of a slog, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you to inspire you to push through the long days! Continue Reading Legal Ladder: Essential Career Lessons Every Lawyer Should Climb

If you’re connected to me on LinkedIn, you know that one of my favorite places to find thoughtful content about doing business in the modern world is Harvard Business Review. Not only do they offer articles that make me think critically about the way I’m leading my own organization, but their authors often offer practical, pragmatic advice on what to do better or differently – particularly when it comes to those things that we can be tempted to read about but not create any actionable change, like diversity, equity, and inclusion. Continue Reading Championing Equity and Inclusion: Reflections on DEI Initiatives and Building Inclusive Company Cultures

Immediately, I feel like I’ve lost all of our senior lawyers with this title, but please do bear with me – I know you know I sometimes like to write “touchy-feely” posts and frankly, they’re necessary in the legal industry. And these days, more than ever.

Why?

Well, vulnerability is an underestimated power. Leadership isn’t just about being in charge and making strategic decisions. It’s about cultivating a profound connection with your team, clients, and peers. And vulnerability is the key that unlocks the door to this meaningful connection.Continue Reading Embracing Vulnerability: The Heart of Authentic Leadership

All right kids – I had an interesting chat this morning with one of my lawyers about the thing he’s most curious about in his practice. More and more, the answer to that question when I ask it has become “artificial intelligence” and “ChatGPT.” I have some additional thoughts on the subject (including the idea that his wife, as a teacher, said that homework is becoming irrelevant because she’s tired of reading the same ChatGPT-submitted answers over and over), but I wanted to try a little exercise for today’s post.Continue Reading Embracing Change: 5 Ways to Navigate the Legal Landscape in the Digital Era

Alina Crisu is the PR and Communication Associate with LLPO Law Firm, the International Lawyers Network’s member firm for Cyprus. In this episode, Lindsay and Alina talk about having a passion for your work, the future of legal marketing in a digital world, and what she loves most about her work. 

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.…Continue Reading Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Alina Crisu, LLPO Law Firm

Pal Jalsovszky is the managing partner of Jalsovszky Law Firm in Budapest, Hungary and a member firm of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay talks to Pal about how to manage your firm and your clients through a major firm transition, what the future of the legal industry may look like, and the secret superpower of being a tax lawyer. 

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.…Continue Reading Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Pal Jalsovszky, Jalsovszky Law Firm

When speaking with one of my lawyers last week, this was a question that he posed to me – it was not one he had an answer to and he suspects that it may not be possible. At least not in the way that law firms are used to. He said,

It’s not possible anymore, in my opinion, to have those vertical organizations where you have orders coming from the top and where everybody is treated the same way. Because people, if they are in different situations, you cannot treat them the same way if you want to be fair. So you must adapt.

So, how CAN one have a law firm in modern society? Continue Reading How to be a Law Firm in a Modern Society

When I wrote my first blog post on February 26, 2009, I could hardly have imagined where we’d be 14 years later. It would be fun to try to predict, and maybe I’d have gotten some of it right, but I try not to guess at the future.

One of the things I suspect we’d all have gotten right in some form is ChatGPT. I have been loathe to try it for many reasons – I’m not a technophobe, as you can all imagine, nor am I someone who advocates for lawyers to run and try the next big thing. Though, for those of you who have clients who may be using it or dipping their toe in the water, you know I will suggest you get to know it intimately for the usual legal reasons.Continue Reading Happy 14th Anniversary to Zen & The Art of Legal Networking!

On January 10th, the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law and the Thomson Reuters Institute released their 2023 Report on the State of the Legal Market, which seems more relevant than ever as we go into a year of uncertainty. The report confirms this (and I’ll delve into a few specific points), but overall, I’d like to remind readers that we’ve been here before – contractions in the legal industry are nothing new. The good news is that hopefully, firms have learned the lessons of 2008/2009 and haven’t forgotten them. Will there be some casualties? Yes, but that’s the nature of business. And make no mistake – the law is still a business. Continue Reading State of the Legal Industry: No Need to Panic – We’ve Been Here Before