Friday 11 Sep 2020
⏰ MELBOURNE TIME
5.00 – 7.00 pm
⏰ LOCAL TIME
Ms Andrea Foot
Director, Leaf Logic, Australia
Andrea works with leaders and their teams to help them deepen their understanding of the way everyday emotions impact upon them, their roles and their goals. Her coaching approach brings together practical aspects along with an alertness to what’s going on under the surface for her clients.
She brings many years of experience of leading and growing organisations in the technology industry together with a systems psychodynamic perspective that started with completing an INSEAD Masters in Change. Her particular area of interest in professional service firms has led her to work with business owners and aspiring leaders, especially in supporting individual progression and organisational change. The thorny topic of resistance to change is of particular interest and her curiosity about it underpins much of her work.
How many lawyers does it take to change a law firm?
Andrea Foot proposes to present a summary of her Thesis, titled “How Many Lawyers Does It Take To Change A Law Firm – the curious case of law firms and the pressure for change”, prepared as part of completing an INSEAD Executive Masters in Coaching & Consulting for Change in 2019.
Her thesis was driven by a curiosity by a seeming lack of curiosity about a persistent theme of resistance to change in a niche industry – law firms. Law firms have long faced pressure to change how they work in order to keep up with the demands of their consumers and with the mega-trends that are influencing the wider world of work and organisations. As a conservative industry, law carries with it an alertness to risk that supports the nature of its work. But change is inevitable and new entrants are starting to eat away at law firms’ market share. Much effort is being put into the ‘how’ of change, with roles, teams, events, checklists and programmes springing up to examine it.
The paper takes a different stance and investigates why this group of smart people are struggling to adapt. Taking a grounded theory approach, the paper looks at how law firms and the eco-system of related organisations are experiencing this time of change. It looks thematically at the data generated and builds a theory that relates individuals’ experiences to explain what is happening. The ideas of how organisations and individuals share and introject feelings across ever more fluid boundaries is examined to help us make sense of the data through the application of psychodynamic concepts. Findings indicate that individual interpretations of risk affect how change is addressed at an organisational level. Andrea will conclude with some ideas for how its findings are now being applied in practice.
Introduction by Ms Sally King
Small group discussion; impressions of the paper and developing questions for the presenter
Discussion forum with the presenter; moderated for the speaker to elaborate their ideas
Small group activity or discussion ‘What does this paper tell us about working into the future?’
Discussion forum with the presenter; themes from the discussions