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Duke Ellington—A Model for Leadership

Yesterday I met with a young partner I used to coach. When she initially came to me for help she was working around the clock and feeling overwhelmed. We then discovered that her main problem was a near-complete inability to delegate. It’s been a challenge, but she has since learned to entrust her associates with increasing responsibilities, and has even gained enough confidence to assume that they can deliver to her expectations. (Trust is the essence of successful delegation.) The result is that she is no longer micromanaging and is able to focus on the bigger picture—the things that will move her career forward—allowing her to become a much more effective leader.

 

Since I just returned home from a jazz festival, the subject of delegation and leadership reminded me of the jazz legend Duke Ellington, who led one of the most remarkable bands (consisting of a diverse group of opinionated and gifted individual musicians) for over 50 years. One of his techniques was delegation—he gave every person in his band his own section of the piece in which to shine. Not only did this allow him to be a better leader, it made his band members supportive followers because they had the chance to showcase themselves and feel important and appreciated.

For more on Duke Ellington’s leadership, see this video.

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Tell stories

Yesterday I mentioned that I hadn’t planned on posting anything but when I received Seth Godin’s blog, I thought it too timely (for us as lawyers) not to pass it on. Receiving his post today, I feel stirred to highlight his words again. Seth reminds us that it’s not logic that persuades and moves people, but stories and drama. This is great advice for all lawyers, whether we’re trying to influence colleagues or clients, because stories make people listen—and remember.

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Cutting costs is not the key

Since I am away on holiday (again! [a perk of no longer practicing!]) I hadn’t planned on writing a post today. But then I received Seth Godin’s blog, which contains a timely message for most lawyers and law firms at the moment, with everyone relentlessly focusing on cost cutting. Seth says (and I agree with him) that cutting costs will inevitably just make you less competitive in the long run. If clients can afford to pay, they want to pay for spectacular service. (For more details, check out Seth’s blog.)

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Data Visualization

If you’ve read my book Juggling the Big 3 for Lawyers, you’ll realize that although I am a lawyer (who should love words), I’m really much more of a visual person. (Hence, the vast amount of illustrations and graphics filling my book!)

So when I came across this TED Video about conveying data in a visual format, I could really relate!

I know this doesn’t fit within my usual posts about how to better succeed as a lawyer, but in fact, if lawyers were able to convey information to our clients in simple visual formats, we probably make it easier for them to digest—because let’s fact it, as much as you might love words, your client probably doesn’t.

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