The profession of law is demanding. Our jobs are chronically stressful and involve long hours. A lot rides on our success and behaviour, and this pressure only increases as lawyers rise in their profession in both law firms and in-house legal departments. During my years as a lawyer – as an associate and as a…

Judicial independence is a bedrock principle of the rule of law. Why? Because an independent judiciary is the key to upholding the rule of law in a free society, maintaining public confidence in the justice system, and is critical to promoting a peaceful and inclusive society. Few principles are more important than the rule of…

Organizations across the board[1] are hemmed in by heightened volatility, shifting economic and political realities, evolving competition and technology, and a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and rapid change – dynamics that collectively mean that organizations must adapt and restructure, and do so more frequently, more thoroughly, and faster than ever before[2]:[3] “In today’s environment…

In today’s environment there are accelerated disruptions occurring in many industries as a result of new technologies,[1] new entrants, new business models, and globalization. Leaders must be able to adapt to the increasingly complex nature of the challenges to their industries – whether that be the legal industry,[2] healthcare,[3] or financial services,[4] etc.[5] – and…

Societies are undone in many ways, not all of them obvious. We tend to think of decline along economic lines, but it is a nation’s culture – particularly in terms of civility, public discourse, and the robust open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives[1] – that determines its societal credentials. Among any nation’s most precious…

For companies, geopolitical risk is fundamentally about the probability that a political action or environment will significantly affect their business – whether positively or negatively.[1] In this context, the next decade will be a period of political uncertainty across the globe. Business leaders can expect to face daunting leadership and strategic challenges amid the turbulence and…

From Volkswagen’s DieselGate to Wells Fargo’s banking scandal,[1] the breadth and nature of high-profile corporate[2] and government[3] scandals and well-publicized corruption is staggering. Headlines aside, ethical misconduct is hardly uncommon today – nearly half of all fraud cases are not publicly reported[4] and over 40% of executives surveyed in a recent study said “they could…

Despite recent developments and initiatives striving to protect and promote long-term corporate strategy and sustainable value creation,[1] short-term perspectives still predominate throughout the investment value chain and dominate decisions in boardrooms.[2] It is troubling how deeply the short-term mindset has permeated corporate culture across the globe. The markets relentless demand for profit growth on a quarterly…

The legal industry and the evolving legal service delivery model is a terrific story, a fascinating puzzle and an entrenched maze of narratives. The traditional law firm partnership business model[1] is being significantly impacted by a combination of competitive alternative legal service providers, the expanding reach of technology, and the changing behaviour of the retail…

There was a time the American  –  Canadian, UK, and Australian  –  dream was built on the ideal that hard work leads to success. Today, with the rise of technology, the message has become: work all the time or you will fail.[1] The legal culture – in particular law firm culture – encourages workaholic behaviors,[2]…