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The following books have particularly resonated with LaFlair and are a great source of inspiration and new ideas:
Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan
Powerful book that looks at how and why we are hardwired to blindly follow or do things that harm us and when and why we need to override that wiring.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
LOVE this book - applicable in all aspects of life. The findings are so fundamental to thriving in this time of rapid, constant change.
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
An excellent review of the role of effective checklists (NOT the same as "To Do" lists) in getting important things done.
The Power of Why by Amanda Lang
Explores the importance and impact of asking questions - a critical skill in the process of identifying needed innovation and improvements.
Obliquity by John Kay
Particularly helpful insights for tackling complicated objectives.
Leading Change by John P. Kotter
Basic steps with practical examples on what works and what doesn't when leading change that sticks.
Selling the Invisible by Harry Beckwith
Helpful perspective for people selling intangible services (particularly lawyers who traditionally haven't had to sell their services).
The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services by Richard Susskind
A comprehensive review of the impact of a number of forces, technology and client needs in particular, that are putting pressure on the traditional legal services model.
Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century by Mitchell E. Kowalski
A fictional story format that looks at the impact of the traditional approach to the practice of law and reviews exciting alternatives that benefit clients and lawyers.
Growth is Dead: Now What? by Bruce MacEwen and Peter Kalis
A macro review of the impact of the "Great Reset" of 2008 on the legal market in general and on large law firms in particular.
Please feel free to send LaFlair a note with your thoughts on these books or to share titles of any other books that you have found particularly interesting or inspirational!
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