High performing cultures. Buzz words? At the root of performance is engagement and we know employee engagement remains below 50%. Growing your culture is challenging, especially in a rapidly changing world. The legal industry is in the middle of unprecedented levels of change and ultimately change impacts culture.

What is the potential of your firm? Start by continually asking “how do we get better at what we do?” Opening the conversation without bias creates opportunity to stimulate creativity, which elevates engagement. That leads to bottom line improvement, plain and simple.

As you gather a group to start looking and challenging the status quo, and here’s where play and purpose arrive. Adults learn and grow easiest through play, so ask what did I learn this week, and then apply the learning to the getting better conversation.

The final element – purpose – comes in with the practice of recognizing your influence. What and whom did you influence this week? And, what do I want to learn and influence next week?

This rinse and repeat cycle of clarity and focus is the groundwork for growing your culture right alongside your leadership skills, and the overall engagement of your firm. Give it a try, let me know how it goes.

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About Judy Hissong

Judy Hissong is the President of Nesso Strategies. A former law firm Chief Operating Officer, she helps firms become more profitable by developing leaders. Her mission is “world domination for Good.” By creating actionable, lightbulb moments that leaders want to share and spread, she intends to improve the world one person at a time.

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