Reinventing Yourself

How do we reinvent ourselves?

When do we reinvent ourselves?

Do we need to reinvent ourselves?

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As I sit in the session of Reinventing ourselves at the IBA conference, speakers discuss personality traits, notions of success and failure, resilience, Maslow’s Needs, making changes and the larger questions of How, Who, When, Where, What?

In what way or how AI will impact the legal profession?

Of a study by Dr. Larry Richard and in the presentation, key attributes to the make up of a lawyer includes: Skepticism (90%), Autonomy (89%), Abstraction (85%), Urgency (78%) – it does not preclude positive qualities, but it provides an insight as to what kind of creatures we are.

How about Myer Briggs personality?

According to the study by Law People Management Inc, the average MBTI population type include:

Extraverts: 55-70% of US Population

Introverts: 55-70% of US Lawyers

Feelers – 60% of US Population (65% of Women)

Thinkers – 78% of US Lawyers (60% of Women)

Another aspect discussed, is how different lawyers tackle conflict management.

According to a study, the Thomas -Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument illustrates 5 different ways to handle conflict.  From a study made, it appears that lawyers are the competors and avoiders:


Source: Researchgate

It is undertandable that lawyer are competitors.  But why are lawyers avoiders?

Of the other options of conflict resolution including compromisng, collaboring and accommodating, these skills and options are under used.  In fact some would even say, that these alternative methods could allow us greater possibilities to see problems, and possibly create changes.

By challenging the orthodoxy from moving from challenging mindset to collaborative mindsets, there is potential growth in greater understanding the needs of younger members of the profession, and allowing greater flexibility in adaptation in the future of the law and not be constrained by the limitations of what we know, and usual practice.

How about intelligence?  IQ vs EQ?

In a study by Dr. Larry Richard, the unfortunately reality is high Intelligence (IQ) does not equate to high Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and as statistics stand lawyers have relatively lower EQ which impacts on various aspects of their lives.

Do we know our emotions?

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Stress
  • Sadness

EQ allows us to deal with our emotions that arise, to manage the emotions of whatever arises be it changes in our careers, relationships, clients, cases.

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If as lawyers, we are not better at feeling our careers then chances are it may impact on other changes.

As we discuss about the Law and AI, and how we as lawyers adapt to the changes in law and technology, this all impacts on how we are, our well-being and those around us.

How would we apply this to what we know?

How have you made a change in career?

Are you thinking of making a change in your role?

Are you thinking of doing something completely different?

These are questions to focus our minds as to what is important to us.

Asking ourselves the deeper question, of why do we do what we do.










Published by ArtofLiving2080

NewSpace Legal Futurist. Strategist. Speaker. Poet. Writer.

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