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Learning in legal

Maurice Blackburn
Skill Development, 2019 – 2020

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1. What was the objective?

Working with a combination of emerging and established leaders, this series of workshops was designed to give the team essential leadership skills on the back of an organisation-wide restructure.

2. How did we do it?

We defined six key capabilities that we needed to focus on, including: leadership communication, resolving conflict, assertiveness, leading a strengths-based culture and how to land presentations. Using a practical learning approach, we targeted each of these capabilities through a series of pre and post workshop tasks that embedded the learning into each leader’s routine.

3. How was it integrated and what were the results?

The learning was integrated through a learning loop of pre-workshop, workshop and post-workshop integration tasks. This allowed us to see the enhanced performance of leaders after each workshop and further target capabilities that required more work.

O’Farrell Robertson McMahon
Drive Accountability, 2022

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1. What was the objective?

O’Farrell Robertson McMahon wanted to turn the dials on their lawyers being accountable for more than their own tasks. The objective was to bring the firm together for experiential learning where everyone would uncover, understand and expand their impact on the greater team.

2. How did we do it?

In a 4-hour, in-person workshop, we used experiential activities to draw out key themes around accountability. This included the blame game, accountable (and unaccountable) behaviours and the Five Pillars of Accountability. Relevant scenarios and deep questions were also used throughout to land the models and lead to practical commitments.

3. How was it integrated and what were the results?

The workshop was held onsite at the firm, led by one of our experienced facilitators. The team enjoyed the experiential activities and the group discussions that followed. These discussions led to valuable insights, like the impact blame can have on blocking progress on individual and shared goals. The result was a team that shared an understanding of the power of accountability and had the tools to develop it further.