The MPF Leadership Academy
February 11-12, 2016 ♦ Miami, Florida
Thursday, February 11, 2016
8:30am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am Introductions, Expectations & Norms
9:30am The New Leadership Imperative in Today's Law Firm
"The leader of the past knew how to tell...the leader of the future will know how
to ask." In this session, we will discuss the five traits that are critical for
sucessful law firm leaders, as well as the three largest impediments to
delivering the quality of leadership all law firms require today.
10:00am Leadership in Professional Services Firms - An Academic's Prespective
Professor Laura Empson, Director of the Centre for Professional Service
Firms at the London Business School, shares in her video insights about
leadership in law firms gained from her in-depth research with three law firms.
10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am So How Healthy Do You Think Your Firm Is?
This session identifies the five dysfunctional traits of unhealthy law firms and
how they can manifest themselves.
11:30am Coping with Complexity & Change
This session explores how leadership is required to deal with change and
management to deal with complexity and what are the differences in the
approaches of each to four critical questions: What are we setting up to do?
How do we deliver results? How do we make it happen? What are our desired
1:30pm The Leader Within – Personality & Style
This session explores both your personality traits (Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator) and how your preferences from handling conflict (Thomas Kilmann
Instrument.) With an increased self-awareness, the session utilizes role
playing exercises to demonstrate how you handle such situations and can
utilize this awareness to provide positive leadership for your Firm.
3:00pm Coffee Break
3:30pm The Leader Within – Continued
4:00pm Managing Polarities – Leadership in Action
This session explores the polarities in law firms that creates different
leadership challenges than those in corporations. We will not only explore the
types of polarities common to law firms but also work through examples from
5:00pm Networking Reception
Friday, February 12, 2016
9:00am Alternative Business Structures
A quick tour around the globe highlighting new competitors you have yet
9:45am Firm Case Study
Participants are broken into work groups and asked as leaders of the
"Firm" to identify and resolve the key issues facing the "Firm." Each group
reports back on the issues identifies, their proposed resolution and how they
would lead the "Firm" through it.
10:30am Coffee Break
10:45am Striking the Right Balance
Leadership vs. Management. Participants will explore the differences and the
most effective use of their time and will have an opportunity to explore their
own challenges and the things they might do differently.
11:30am Reflection and Closing
Each participant shares the two or three most important things they are taking
away from the Academy, and how they leverage it in their leadership role
when they return to their firms.