Author Archives: Bernie Knight

7 Ways Unconscious Bias Inhibits Legal Diversity & Inclusion

7 Ways Unconscious Bias Inhibits Legal Diversity & Inclusion

Unconscious bias prevents law firms, corporations and Government agencies from hiring the best talent and retaining that talent.  Bias against those that are not in the majority group generally is not intentional.  We are all biased no matter our race, gender, sexual orientation or other differentiators. Thoughtful legal managers develop a strategy to help recognize… Continue Reading

How to Motivate Legal Teams to Success

How to Motivate Legal Teams to Success

Being an effective law legal group leader whether in a corporation, a law firm or the Government, requires specific skills.   Leading teams to accomplish goals under stressful circumstances requires these skills and a team commitment.  I provide below some of the essential traits that I learned from USPTO leaders and Directors.   Is a… Continue Reading

6 Core Values and 5 Emotional Intelligence Skills Leading to Sound Ethical Decisions

6 Core Values and 5 Emotional Intelligence Skills Leading to Sound Ethical Decisions

Ethical conduct is required in all jobs and by all organizations.   It also applies to positions at all levels.   Anyone can disagree with a substantive business or legal decision, but make an ethical mistake and your company, firm or individual career could be in jeopardy.   This article discusses how you can use core values and… Continue Reading

9 Critical Components of Constructive Feedback

9 Critical Components of Constructive Feedback

Giving a lawyer a critique of their work can be difficult.   Yet, you cannot improve lawyer performance or achieve quality work product goals without providing constructive feedback.   I provide below the 9 essential elements for giving constructive feedback. Give Positive and Negative Feedback Forget the old adage “no news is good news.”  … Continue Reading

3 Questions Lawyers Should Ask Themselves Now Regarding Alcohol

3 Questions Lawyers Should Ask Themselves Now Regarding Alcohol

Attorneys have stressful jobs and many turn to alcohol as a form of self-medication to relax.   Problem drinking is much higher for attorneys than the general public.   Attorneys with a drinking problem are more prone to malpractice complaints and ethical violations.   This article discusses why drinking by lawyers is a big concern… Continue Reading

3 Essential Questions for Lawyers to Conquer Their Fears

3 Essential Questions for Lawyers to Conquer Their Fears

Lawyers are constantly bombarded by challenges that naturally create fear and anxiety.   Many lawyers don’t recognize these fears and fail effectively to deal with them.  This causes lawyers to be unhappy and to provide poor quality service to their clients.  I identify many of these looming fears and present some practical tips for dealing… Continue Reading

Lawyer Confidence in Client Interactions and How to Handle the Uncertainties

Lawyer Confidence in Client Interactions and How to Handle the Uncertainties

Do you sometimes feel unsure of yourself when speaking to a client or making a presentation?   Anyone who answered no is not being honest.   We all feel insecure at certain times; that is human.   It is impossible to know everything or anticipate every possible question.  You can be more effective with clients and colleagues… Continue Reading

9 Reasons Why Lawyers Need Emotional Intelligence Skills

9 Reasons Why Lawyers Need Emotional Intelligence Skills

Lawyers need emotional intelligence skills.   Emotional intelligence is the key differentiator between success and failure.    To obtain that critical advantage in securing new engagements or obtaining that corporate, association or government promotion, learn how to optimize your emotional intelligence skills. Do You Know Your Emotions and How They Affect Behavior and Relationships? Daniel… Continue Reading