Professional Development Programs

Programs can be delivered live or as webinars and are customized to meet the specific needs of the Firm.  They can stand-alone programs or be incorporated into the Coach-on-Demand service.

BUILD YOUR PROFESSIONAL BRAND

“Professional Branding” is the promise of the value of a “product.” Associates will learn how to identify the tangible and intangible characteristics that define their point of distinction, define who they are, and the value they add. This session also explores the evolving protocols and procedures of acceptable workplace behaviors – from dress to speech to use of technology – in order to make intentional behavioral choices to project their brand.

 CAREER MANAGEMENT

It is important to periodically pause to review personal and professional goals, assess areas in need of attention and map out a career/life strategy to achieve objectives.  This 60-minute seminar provides the necessary tools to help associates assess current marketplace realities; identify obstacles, challenges and opportunities and map out a tactical plan to achieve success.

 TIME MANAGEMENT: STRATEGIES TO ACHIEVE LIFE/WORK BALANCE

Participants will explore the unique time challenges faced by associates as they attempt to balance never-ending client demands, complete administrative tasks and tend to personal responsibilities. This program will enable participants to identify energy drains, present a model for change and offer solutions to help participants find time and reduce stress.

 DELIVERING FEEDBACK WITH EASE

Associates will learn the CORRECT method to deliver feedback.

 NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Associates  will explore why certain conversations are deemed ‘difficult “and unlock the secret to delivering their message in a constructive, useful manner.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR REVIEW

Associates often approach the annual review process with some trepidation. Will the comments be fair and accurate? Will it impact my future at the Firm? Yet, rather than fully engage in the feedback process, associates typically respond passively and allow others to control the conversation and ultimately the course of their careers.  In this seminar, associates will learn how to contribute to the content of their reviews by creating their own Personal Annual Report to showcase skills and talents, accomplishments and contributions and establish career goals for the following year.

HOW TO THRIVE IN TODAY’S DIVERSE WORK FORCE

In today’s workforce, diversity means more than race, gender and religion. It also includes differences related to lawyer/staff perspectives, partner/associates viewpoints, corporate/litigation attitudes, generational differences, etc.  Each person comes to every conversation based on their own life experience, which influences their behaviors and communication style.  These differences often cause conflicts in the workplace.  Participants will learn how to interpret those differences, test the assumptions they hold about the behaviors of others and consider new ways to approach differences.

BUILDING TEAM STRENGTH THROUGH EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Participants will learn the four basic communication styles as well as how to adapt their style when dealing with others.  As a result, they will understand how to work more collaboratively, increase productivity and reduce stress. Associates will uncover their own personal communication style, learn how to identify the style of others and develop strategies to communicate effectively with difficult people.

GENDER AT WORK: How to Decode Male/Female Speak

Declare a ceasefire on the gender war by exploring male/female differences non-defensively and in context.  During this entertaining and informative learning experience, attorneys will discover how to make conscious behavioral choices in a myriad of situations to improve outcomes. Based on the fact that men and women are NOT the same – the seminar offers an opportunity to increase understanding between the sexes and challenge commonly held stereotypes.  As a result, participants will be able to harness strengths, and minimize weaknesses of each gender to develop an effective cross-gender communication style.

GENERATIONS AT WORK

World events during the formative years of each generation served to shape core values and expectations for the world of work. Attorneys will examine these differences and begin to understand the perspectives and behaviors of the other generations and develop strategies to manage more effectively and enhance productivity.  In addition, they will consider ways to adjust their own perspectives and behaviors to ensure individual and institutional success. 

PRESENTATION AND PERCEPTION:

YOU are the Message

Technical competence is critical for success.  Equally important is the ability to demonstrate that competence through the effective display of skills, talents and knowledge. Social scientists indicate that people display those factors in four specific patterns. Participants will uncover their own personal style and learn how to communicate effectively in every situation.

THE ART OF DELEGATING

As associates progress in their careers, new tasks and responsibilities are added. Learning how to delegate not only frees them up to meet elevated performance standards, it also helps to develop a cadre of junior associates.  Participants will learn delegating best practices and develop strategies to mitigate internal and external obstacles.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE: Communicate With Confidence And Credibility

Associates will discover how to communicate with impact in every situation.  They will review basic communication styles and filters and learn how to adapt when interacting with others to convey their intended message effectively, project confidence and build their sphere of influence.

THE HABits OF LEADERSHIP  is designed to allow professionals to identify their natural abilities and develop complimentary skills to enable them to be effective and influential leaders. They will uncover how natural abilities impact the way they:

  • solve problems and make decisions most efficiently
  • communicate most effectively
  • manage and influence others most successfully
  • establish goals and manage time and tasks most proficiently

In addition, participants will discover how to respond to various challenges by temporarily adopting a different style to effectively manage any situation at hand.

MANAGING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE

Research suggests that the human brain is hardwired to process information through systematic categorization.  Instinctively, we classify others using observable criteria such as gender, race and age, and automatically make assumptions about those we subconsciously assign to specific groups.  As a result, unconscious bias directs actions and behaviors towards others rather than rational thought processes.  Because they are more prevalent than conscious prejudice – and often incompatible with our conscious values – mitigating unconscious bias in the workplace offers unique challenges to HR professionals. During this seminar, participants will be have an to opportunity to examine their personal assumption filters and explore new tools and resources available to approach diversity in the workplace.