Many organizations deal with toxic situations and people. Law firms and partners are no different. One thing that I have noticed in my industry is that there is a tendency to not deal with the toxic situation and avoid it. The path of least resistance may seem easier but it is often not the best approach. Instead, when there is something at stake for you or the organization, consider the advantages of tackling the situation directly. Engage in the difficult conversations and corresponding actions needed to rectify the situation in the interest of firm values and a healthy organizational culture.
“Fortunately, there’s a simpler way to achieve the goal of “being nicer.” All you have to do is “stop being a jerk.”
Ensuring your partners represent the firm at their best or removing toxic behaviour is how actual firm values show up. If the individual can’t change their toxic behaviour, maybe it is time they move on.
Much that ails the legal profession is within the ability of lawyers to positively influence and transform including the actions and investments that lead to positive workplaces.
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