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Collaboration for Lawyer-Led Teams

Given the advantages collaboration brings to firms and individuals, lawyers need to be more active and effective in this area.  We help firms identify teams in which collaboration is not working as effectively as it could or in which a great awareness of and appreciation for the behavioral tendencies of all team members will lead to better teamwork and outcomes.

We undertake the following steps with our clients: (1) identify a team that firm leadership believes would benefit from greater collaboration; (2) conduct an assessment of each team member and the team leader to identify individual and collective behavioral traits that lead to or detract from collaborative behavior as well as insights as to why collaboration may not be working in this particular group; (3) conduct a workshop to review the behaviors that lead to effective collaboration and to provide an overview of the group’s collective profile of behavioral traits including group discussion on how to improve collaboration given the behavioral profile, and (4) conduct individual debrief meetings with each team member to develop an action plan.

As part of our assessment, we use the Smart Collaboration Accelerator®, which is a research-based psychometric assessment tool that evaluates seven behavioral dimensions that are associated with Smart Collaboration®. The tool was developed by Dr. Heidi Gardner, a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of Harvard Law School’s Accelerated Leadership Program and Smart Collaboration Masterclass. We are pleased to have received accreditation to use this tool.

We believe that among the teams that can most benefit from our collaboration services are:

  • Executive/management and other governing committees
  • Practice groups
  • Cross-disciplinary practices
  • Industry/sector teams
  • Client teams
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Lateral integration
  • Post-merger teams
  • Cross-functional teams (see section on Collaboration for Business Teams)
  • Clients and innovation (see section on Legal Innovation Collabathon™)
  • Remote/distributed teams