Creating High-Performing, Profitable Firms Through The Science of Engagement
By Anne Brafford
Many firms take it on faith that there’s only one way to attract and retain top talent and motivate peak performance: Ever-rising salaries. But has it worked? Firms’ hyper-competitive cultures, complaints of growing incivility and demoralization, a diversity crisis at the top, and a revolving door of talent suggest that it’s time to try something new.
Positive Professionals is a practical handbook of science-backed strategies to foster full engagement by enhancing people’s experience of meaningful work, of feeling valued and valuable, and of growing and developing. Skeptical of a new approach? That’s natural. But it has science on its side. The book’s well-researched business case convincingly shows that greater engagement boosts not only individual well-being but also profitability, productivity, performance, retention of talent, and client satisfaction.
--Steven J. Harper, retired partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, columnist, and author of several books, including The Lawyer Bubble–A Profession in Crisis and Crossing Hoffa–A Teamster’s Story.
--Jane E. Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Business Administration, University of Michigan
-- Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
-- Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology & Education at the Australian Catholic University, Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Rochester in New York, and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, one of the leading theories of human motivation
-- Tom Sharbaugh, Former Management Partner of Operations for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (for nearly 15 years) and current Professor of Practice at Penn State Law
-- R. Michael Ethridge, Partner, Ethridge Law Group, and Founding Director of Living Above the Bar (South Carolina’s Attorney Wellness Committee)
-- Margaret Greenberg, MAPP, and Senia Maymin, PhD, co-authors of the bestseller Profit from the Positive
-- Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education and Human Development, Vice Provost for Institutional Culture, University of Miami, author of The Laughing Guide to Well-Being: Using Humor and Science to Become Happier and Healthier.
-- Bob Easton, Senior Managing Director, Accenture
-- Chahira Solh, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
-- Bree Buchanan, JD, and James Coyle, JD, Co-Chairs, National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
-- Sarah Weinstein, JD, MA, External Director & Blog Editor, Law School Wellness Project at Stanford Law
-- Michael J. Basile, Managing Member and Partner, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
-- Scott A. Westfahl, Professor of Practice and Director of Executive Education at Harvard Law School
-- Daniel S. Bowling, III, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law School
-- Milana Hogan, Chief Legal Recruiting & Professional Development Officer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
-- Courtney Wylie, Professional Development Professional at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and certified professional coach for attorneys.
--Lori Brandau, Shareholder, Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave
-- Lawrence S. Krieger, Clinical Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Externship Programs, Florida State University College of Law, researcher on lawyer and law student well-being, and former litigator.
-- Stewart I. Donaldson, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, and Editor/Author of Scientific Advances in Positive Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology: Improving Everyday Life, Schools, Work, and Society
-- James O. Pawelski, Ph.D., Director of Education and Senior Scholar in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, co-author of forthcoming book Happy Together
– Becky Reichert, PhD, Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University, Director of LeAD Labs focused on leadership evaluation, assessment, and development.
-- Peter Huang, Professor and DeMuth Chair of Business Law University of Colorado Law School
—Jonathan A. Beitner, Large Law Firm Senior Associate