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Exhaustion: Building a Successful, Sustainable Legal Organization

Posted in Client Service, Compensation, Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Professional Development, Profitability, Risk Management, Teamwork, Uncategorized, Wellness, Work Satisfaction
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… Continue Reading

Standing Room Only Crowds at the EI Programs at the 2018 IBA Annual Conference

Posted in Announcements, Books, Business Development, Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Uncategorized, Work Satisfaction
Friday, October 12th was the last day of the 2018 annual IBA conference being held in Rome, Italy. Over 7,000 lawyers from around the world converged on the Eternal City to listen to dozens and dozens of programs on topics of interest, including updates in subject matter expertise, innovations in legal process and other subjects… Continue Reading

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Trained?

Posted in Assessments, Coaching, Culture, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, Law Departments, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Professional Development, Recruitment, Retention, Uncategorized, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
That is the primary question. Now that emotional intelligence is well established as a major net positive in virtually every profession, what can be done to raise one’s emotional intelligence? The most recent evidence of the efficacy of emotional training comes in a study of doctors announced last month that found that EI training improved resident… Continue Reading

Join Us at the Annual International Bar Association Meeting in Rome

Posted in Announcements, Books, Business Development, Client Service, Communication, Compensation, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Innovation, Law Departments, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Uncategorized, Wellness, Work Satisfaction, Work/Life Balance
For those attending the International Bar Association annual meeting in Rome this upcoming week of October 7, Muir will be speaking on a 4:15 pm panel on Monday, October 8th–chaired by Peter Alfandary, Esq.–that will be discussing winning and retaining clients through cross cultural understanding. Related to emotional and social intelligence in several respects, cross… Continue Reading

Getting Past the Artificially Emotionally Intelligent Interviewer

Posted in Culture, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, Law Departments, Recruitment, Uncategorized
As AI is becoming more adept at emotional recognition and interaction–the holy grail for Google and other companies, your own emotional intelligence skills become more important for the sheer benefit of interacting with that software, as mentioned in the last post. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal adds additional gloss to the growing importance of emotional… Continue Reading

Artificial Emotional Intelligence Becomes a Force

Posted in Announcements, Client Service, Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, Law Departments, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Risk Management
According to Dr. Mary Czerwinski, manager and principal researcher of the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment group at Microsoft Research,”Emotions are fundamental to human interaction, but in a world where humans are increasingly interacting with AI systems, emotions may be fundamental to our interactions with machines as well.” Several recent announcements illustrate her… Continue Reading

Business Analytics for Law Firms

Posted in Books, Business Development, Client Service, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Risk Management, Uncategorized
A full day’s discussion in NYC of business analytics in a digital world as it applies to law firms, which Muir participated in, has been captured in Business Intelligence and Analytics for Law Firms: Insights for a shifting business ecosystem. Muir’s article on the need to recognize and utilize emotional data is included. You can… Continue Reading

The Emotionally Intelligent CEO in Training

Posted in Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Recruitment, Teamwork
If you are thinking of applying to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, you will now have to demonstrate you have some emotional intelligence skills. Last month, the Tuck School announced that it would henceforth look for applicants who, in addition to being smart and accomplished, possess two other qualities: nice and aware. Or, as… Continue Reading

The Largest Discount Yet on Best Seller Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence

Posted in Announcements, Assessments, Books, Business Development, Client Service, Compensation, Conflict, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Law Departments, Law Education, Leadership, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Uncategorized
Don’t let your summer go by without getting the ABA’s best seller Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence. To make it even less painful for you to brush up on your EI skills, you can now get Beyond Smart in either paperback or e-book at a 25% discount using Discount Code ABASUM25. Let the wisdom begin!  … Continue Reading

Overcoming the Crowd and Fear

Posted in Conflict, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Professional Development, Risk Management, Uncategorized
Given the recent post about the power of crowdsourcing in predicting judicial decisions, for those who go against the group, there is another intriguing result: their brains light up in the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. In “Why Do People Follow the Crowd?” a recent groundbreaking experiment found that when people “go along… Continue Reading

That Old Crowd Feeling for Supreme Court Decisions

Posted in Books, Client Service, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Professional Development, Risk Management, Uncategorized
In an interesting recent study entitled “Crowdsourcing Accurately and Robustly Predicts Supreme Court Decisions,” the conclusion is, as advertised, that “crowdsourcing outperforms both the commonly accepted ‘always guess reverse’ model and the best-studied algorithmic models.” Using a dataset and analysis that represents one of the largest explorations of recurring human prediction to date, the accuracy of prediction… Continue Reading

Don’t Miss the YLD Emotional Intelligence Webinar and Facebook Live Session!

Posted in Announcements, Books, Business Development, Client Service, Coaching, Compensation, Culture, Emotional Intelligence, Law Education, Leadership, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Risk Management, Uncategorized, Wellness
It was a racing good time at the YLD Spring Conference in Louisville, KY last week and the keynote topic was using emotional intelligence to advance your career. If you missed attending, you can still see a related webinar replay online here, and watch the facebook live recording, accessible here, where Muir answers questions about this… Continue Reading

Associate-Initiated Reviews

Posted in Assessments, Client Service, Coaching, Communication, Compensation, Culture, Emotional Intelligence, Productivity, Professional Development, Recruitment, Retention, Uncategorized
One of the trends in corporate America that is starting to show up in law firms is the replacement of the old annual review with frequent real time reviews. Advocates of the new approach say the annual review focuses too much on past behavior, and often on behavior long in the past. At least two global law… Continue Reading

Join the Young Lawyers Division’s Day Saluting Emotional Intelligence!

Posted in Announcements, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Retention, Risk Management, Uncategorized
On Friday, May 11th, as part of the 2018 YLD Spring Conference being held this year in Louisville, Kentucky, Muir will be participating in several programs on the topic of “Advancing Your Career with Emotional Intelligence,” starting with the opening address at 8AM EDT, followed by a free webinar at 1PM EDT (or register on facebook), immediately… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Beats Out Lawyers Again

Posted in Business Development, Client Service, Emotional Intelligence, Innovation, Profitability, Recruitment, Risk Management, Uncategorized
In a recent study analyzing accuracy in reviewing provisions of five NDAs, an artificial intelligence program achieved 94% accuracy versus 85% average accuracy for a group of 20 experienced lawyers. The most accurate lawyer equaled the accuracy of the AI program, but the least accurate lawyer clocked in at only 74% accuracy, an alarming statistic for… Continue Reading

The Facebook Connection to Emotional Intelligence

Posted in Books, Culture, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Productivity, Uncategorized
As discussed in Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence, Facebook has figured in a number of projects touching on emotional intelligence. First, since Mark Zuckerberg evidently believes that, “What [members] really want is the ability to express empathy,” Facebook introduced a “dislike” button for users to show their empathy by responding to sad news. Facebook has also used access… Continue Reading

Muir to Speak at ARK Group’s Annual Business Intelligence and Analytics Conference

Posted in Announcements, Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Risk Management, Teamwork, Uncategorized
Ark Group’s 7th Annual Conference on Business Intelligence and Analytics in the Legal Profession will be held April 26th, 2018 at the SUNY Global Center, New York, NY. The conference topic is how analytics are being used to accelerate productivity across key firm dimensions – driving the development of standards, metrics and processes reflective of… Continue Reading

The Physics of Emotion

Posted in Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Teamwork, Uncategorized
Dr. Candace Pert was, among many other posts, the chief of brain biochemistry at the National Institutes of Health before going into private research. She passed away suddenly a few years ago, but her research has made notable contributions to the study of emotional intelligence. In an interview, The Physics of Emotion, Pert explains that neurotransmitters called peptides… Continue Reading

NYU Law School Program: Using Emotional Intelligence for Successful and Satisfying Legal Careers

Posted in Announcements, Assessments, Books, Business Development, Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Uncategorized, Wellness, Work Satisfaction
Join us at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, February 28, when Ronda Muir will be making a lunchtime presentation at NYU Law School on Using Emotional Intelligence for Successful and Satisfying Legal Careers and signing copies of her book Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence. For more information and to register, go here. See you there!  … Continue Reading

February Discount on Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence!

Posted in Announcements, Assessments, Books, Business Development, Client Service, Coaching, Communication, Compensation, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Innovation, Law Departments, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Productivity, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Retention, Risk Management, Teamwork, Uncategorized
  Beyond Smart: Lawyering with Emotional Intelligence has been chosen as one of the ABA’s  Top 2017 Legal Titles.  For those who haven’t yet gotten this comprehensive guide to understanding and using emotional intelligence in the unique context of practicing law, you can buy it here for yourself and others in paperback or as an E-book at a… Continue Reading

Potential Legal Workplace Liability Expands Further in the #MeToo Age

Posted in Culture, Diversity, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Law Departments, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Professional Development, Profitability, Recruitment, Risk Management, Uncategorized
On Monday, February 5, 2018, Resolution 302 was adopted unanimously by the American Bar Association expanding the ABA’s existing provisions, dating back to 1992, in the case of harassment or retaliation based on gender, gender identity and sexual orientation in legal workplaces and by any one (including third parties) connected with legal work, wherever that conduct occurs.… Continue Reading

CLE on Ethics and EI

Posted in Announcements, Books, Client Service, Communication, Conflict, Culture, Decision-Making, Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Law Education, Leadership, Management, Professional Development, Profitability, Risk Management, Teamwork
Just a reminder that you have only two days to sign up for the CLE offered by the ABA’s Center for Professional Development on The Ethical Advantage of Emotional Intelligence at 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET on December 12, 2017. Panelists are Dr. David Shor of Northwestern University and Ronda Muir, Esq., Founder and Principal of Law People Management,… Continue Reading