The Australian Financial Review – Friday 22nd June 2012
Jil Toovey helps lawyers keep their ‘inner critic’ in check
An innovative training program is helping lawyers find their emotional balance, writes Rachel Nickless.
The magistrate looked down at the hapless lawyer and announced: “I haven’t seen you in 10 years and in that time you haven’t improved a bit . . . you are as helpful to your client as a prior conviction”.
Launched at the 15th National Conference of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association on 12 November 2009, the IKD Roundtable Report on Legal Billing in Australia generated significant media attention, with comments in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, and Lawyers Weekly.
The 36-page research-based report includes analysis, comments and conclusions derived from two Roundtables convened by IKD in September 2009 in Melbourne and Sydney. Roundtable participants included experienced in-house counsel from a diverse range of sectors leading legal teams of varying sizes.
The first book in Australia which is wholly dedicated to the in-house legal profession, Leadership and Management Challenges of In-house Legal Counsel (Benny Tabalujan, Editor, LexisNexis Australia, 2008) contains chapter contributions from highly respected and experienced in-house counsel and consultants from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Leadership and Management Challenges of In-house Legal Counsel covers a host of practical issues faced by in-house lawyers in corporations as well as government organisations. It commences with an introductory chapter by Peter Turner (Australian Corporate Lawyers Association) and examines topics such as transitioning into an in-house counsel role; managing workload; professional development of in-house counsel; how to strategically lead a legal team; measuring the performance of legal teams; and insights into a typical day of leading a global legal team.
As the in-house function grows in prominence, so too do the complexities that face in-house counsel in the performance of their role. Reflecting on the Australian legal scene, Dr Benny Tabalujan of consultancy IKD shares why lawyers adept at handling challenges will thrive in this environment.
This article first appeared in Asian-Counsel magazine, publication for the in-house community across the New Silk Road (www.inhousecommunity.com). July-August 2010.
One of the main criterion for any legal job is usually a good ability to communicate, but the term ‘communication skills’ can mean different things and is very loaded, according to Jil Toovey, director, Innovative Knowledge Development (IKD) – a professional consulting company that works with lawyers in private practice as well as in-house counsel. Speaking at the annual ACLA conference, Toovey also identified the need for in-house lawyers to have an EQ, or emotional intelligence quotient, to get ahead.
This article first appeared in ALB Legal Jobs Centre (http://www.legaljobscentre.com/)