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At our October Chapter Meeting, we were fortunate to have National Speaker Sunjay Nath, who spoke with us on the 10-80-10 Principle.

The 10-80-10 PrincipleĀ®:
Strengths-based Approach to Leadership

The Key to implementing the 10-80-10 Principle is to A.C.T.
It is through Awareness, Conscious Choice and Time that we are able to
shift our behaviors that allow us to achieve our desired results.

What is the desired result?
Top 10 Behaviors pushing you to result?
Bottom 10 Behaviors pulling you from result?

Make a Choice to
Neutralize the Bottom 10
Empower the Top 10

As Top 10 Behaviors are empowered,
majority 80 will follow the lead.
Once you have 90% on board, the
Bottom 10 will most likely be influenced.

What does success look like?
How will you know when you achieve it?
What is a reasonable time to reach it?

Upcoming Events
November 28th Chapter Luncheon

Business Partner Showcase
Feb 28, 2019, 6-8:30 pm

Paula is the Firm Administrator of Genovese Joblove & Battista, with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and, most recently, Tampa. Paula has been with the firm for its 19 years, joining with Mr. Joblove, with whom she has worked for 24 years. An administrator for 22 of those years, she is proud to be part of a 70-person firm that is still able to maintain its family feel. She credits the firm's employee longevity with its caring culture, flexibility with family and personal needs, excellent benefits, and brilliant, successful attorneys.

Paula has been an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators for over 15 years and joined the Suncoast Chapter upon the opening of her firm's Tampa office this year. She has served on her local chapter board, started the diversity and inclusion committee, and serves on the certification committee. Paula earned her CLM designation in 2004 and recently completed her MBA. She credits her ALA chapter with creating nurturing career-building friendships and says that participating in the CLM study group helped her to forge her closest friendships.

Paula has lived in South Florida most of her adult life and loves to travel, recently traveling to Scotland, as seen in her photo!

Welcome Paula! We are glad you have joined us!

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Mindful Leadership - Tips for Transformation
Change sucks - especially change for the sake of changing. But, if you could change the way leaders lead and the outcome of that transformed leadership was unprecedented success and well-being, not only in your business, but also in your life and the lives of those around you, would you do it? Perhaps that's overstating it. But, maybe not.
Creativity and innovation is key to the future success of sustainable, competitive businesses. A mindful leadership model challenges you to think about leadership differently. From people, team building, innovation, creativity and change management, mindfulness can impact every aspect of our law firms and our industry in a positive way.
I'm on a quest. A daily quest - as Affinity's Managing Partner and simply as a human being - to better understand mindfulness and to help clients, colleagues and partners find a better way to grow their law firms, retain their best employees and enjoy life while they do it. I'd like all of that, too. Who wouldn't? Mindfulness is about being present in the moment and controlling your own attention without judgement in a very intentional way. Becoming a Mindful Leader is a worthy transformation in my quest.
Tips for being a Mindful Leader.
  1. Be Intentional in Everything You Do. Make a decision about how you are going to act and what you are going to do.
  2. Demonstrate Vulnerability. Showing weaknesses builds trust.
  3. Find the Truth. When you get feedback from someone else, you might not agree with everything they say. But, almost always, somewhere in the perception of others is a nugget of truth and, remember, people's perception of reality IS their truth.
  4. Make People Feel Safe. Use 1-1 meetings to really connect with your people and make sure they know you genuinely care for them.
  5. Do the Hard Things. Address people problems head on, respectfully, and directly.
  6. Find Your Triggers. What sets you off? Then, control it.
  7. Separate Ego from Events, Experiences, and Thoughts. You don't always have to be right.
  8. Be Grateful. Have a gratitude journal.
  9. Find Your Place. Find a place you can go that makes you stop, reconnect, and know when you need to go there. We all need a place to go that forces us to reset.
  10. Stretch. Literally. Stand up, reach to the sky, breathe deep. It changes everything. Your blood starts flowing and you feel better.
  11. Find the Pause. Find the thing that makes you stop, gather your thoughts, and act in a mindful way.
Mindfulness works. Not only will your professional relationships improve with your colleagues and clients, but as a Mindful Leader life in general will change when you practice mindfulness in all things.

"Quiet Your Mind. Soak It All In. It's a Game You Can't Win. Enjoy the Ride." Thank you, Zac Brown Band. You got it right.

When we are mindful and we practice Mindful Leadership, we will lead others to that place.

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Nov 10, 2018

13 Things Your Firm Must Do Today to Attract and Retain Tomorrow's Lawyers

By John Remsen, Jr.
President, TheRemsenGroup

It's true what they say about today's young lawyers. For the most part, "millennials" are wired differently than their senior counterparts.

Young lawyers want work-life balance, mentoring, training and lots of feedback. They also tend to move around a bit, spending a year or two at several different firms before settling into a long-term arrangement. And more than half of first-year associates don't see themselves as a partner in a law firm in ten years.

If you care about succession and the long-term sustainability of your firm, you've got to proactively work on two things: You've got to help your senior lawyers through transition, and you've got to invest in your young people. Therefore, your law firm must evolve and adapt to the way it practices law and services clients if it wants to be around for the long haul.

So, what's a law firm to do? Here are thirteen things your firm must do to attract and retain tomorrow's lawyers:
  • Establish and Communicate Clear Expectations
  • Set Forth a Clear Path to Partnership
  • Provide Regular and Ongoing Feedback
  • Invest in Leadership Skills
  • Invest in Business Development Skills
  • Introduce Them to Clients
  • Be Transparent
  • Reward Performance, not Seniority
  • Invest in Technology
  • Build a Culture of Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Strive for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Be Selective in Hiring
  • Hire Slower and Fire Faster
For more details, you can download the complete article here .

About the Author: John Remsen, Jr. is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on law firm leadership, management, marketing and business development. In 1997, he formed TheRemsenGroup , which has worked with more than 390 law firms. In 2002, he established The Managing Partner Forum, the nation's richest resource for law firm leaders. He can be reached at 404.885.9100 or
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