A LAWYER’S GUIDE

'This is for everyone'  (Tim Berners-Lee)   Way back in 2015 I wrote a book. Which was reviewed here and here. (Free Kindle sample here. And free download of the Executive Summary and Introduction here: Lawyers-Guide-excerpt. And scroll down this page for a list of some edited and updated extracts.) I'd retrained in therapy and had been working for a while as a counsellor while at the same time practising law. Winding

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A LAWYER’S GUIDE2021-07-20T13:45:56+01:00

WHAT’S THE MISSING METRIC?

What's to be done? The 2015 report commissioned by the UK Bar Council concluded with a number of practical proposals for enhancing wellbeing at the Bar [1]. In my view the ideas are equally applicable to other branches of the profession and I have been mindful of them in writing this book. The suggestions include: 1 Cognitive style The report recognises that lawyers have a perfectionist streak and sometimes have

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WHAT’S THE MISSING METRIC?2021-01-07T12:48:27+00:00

WHAT CAN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TEACH US ABOUT MANAGING CHANGE?

The process of unfreezing, moving and freezing is disruptive.  We met Isabel Menzies Lyth when we were thinking about nurses’ experience of vicarious trauma [1]. Writing after several decades working as a consultant advising on organisational change in the health service, she made a number of observations about the managing process of change in institutions [2]. (The wisdom below is Isabel’s; the alliteration is mine).   (1) Coping styles Whether

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WHAT CAN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION TEACH US ABOUT MANAGING CHANGE?2021-01-07T12:46:20+00:00

HOW DO WE EVEN BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO TACKLE HUGELY COMPLEX PROBLEMS?

Heuristics Three years after William Beveridge’s report, George Polya, a Professor in Mathematics at Stanford University in California, published ‘How To Solve It’ [1]. His immediate concern was to help students tackle mathematical problems. In the work he outlined a number of ways in which the problems could be addressed. He adopted a ‘heuristic’ approach. As we touched on earlier, this book adopts a heuristic approach. It looks at a

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HOW DO WE EVEN BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO TACKLE HUGELY COMPLEX PROBLEMS?2021-01-07T12:42:23+00:00

WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THE CREATION OF THE UK WELFARE STATE?

Change is an excursion into the unknown. (Isabel Menzies Lyth)   When I told one of my lawyer friends that I was thinking of writing a book about mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession, his terse encouragement was, "Good luck!” Words are imprecise labels and meaning is always conveyed by context, intonation, and assumptions of common understanding. I knew his encouragement was shot through with scepticism, if not

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WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THE CREATION OF THE UK WELFARE STATE?2021-01-07T12:27:55+00:00

CHRIS

A while back I wrote a book for lawyers about wellbeing. In it I used three fictional case studies to illustrate aspects of professionals’ experience. This piece is about Chris, a senior lawyer facing burnout through unavoidable pressures. The demands faced by lawyers are really no different to those we all face. Burnout has no favourites. ...   The year started well. Unusually, the office party had been a success

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CHRIS2021-01-25T14:57:39+00:00
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