An integral part of the LCLD Pathfinder Program curriculum is the online experiential learning component, accessible via the LCLD Pathfinder E-Module Portal. Pathfinders and Program Facilitators were emailed their respective login credentials in on April 25, 2017.
There will be a total of four Pathfinder E-Modules between the April and November in-person meetings. Each of the modules will be available as described in the welcome package that was distributed at the beginning of the program year.
LCLD will send emails letting Pathfinders and Program Facilitators know when each module opens and closes via email@example.com. You may use this page as a reference between formal communications.
Please see below for the available 2017 Pathfinder Program e-modules and associated assignments.
Online E-Module 4: Shielding Against Biases
Title: The Power of Shielding Against Biases
Companion Worksheet: The Power of Shielding Against Biases Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017
Shielding Against Biases Action Assignments
Choose at least one Action Assignment below to complete by Monday, October 9, 2017.
1) Take the Harvard IAT and discuss the outcome with your Program Facilitator, a Fellow in your organization, or a Pathfinder you know.
2) Meet with a group of Fellows or Pathfinders you know to discuss the types of biases you feel you may be subjected to at work. Talk about what they look like in practice and how you feel when faced with them. Practice the script(s) that you developed during the shielding against biases e-module.
3) Record yourself at home practicing your shielding against bias script. Note your tone, volume, tempo, and enunciation. Observe and adjust your posture, body position, and eye contact.
4) Record yourself at home rehearsing your oral presentation style for an upcoming meeting or other business interaction. Note your tone, volume, tempo, and enunciation. Observe and adjust your posture, body position, and eye contact.
5) Meet with your Program Facilitator, or a Fellow or other trusted lawyer at your workplace, and ask if the organization has any resources available for gathering feedback on presence. If so, use the available tool(s) to develop a better sense of others’ impression of your leadership presence. If not, work with your Facilitator or colleague to develop a strategy for gathering feedback on others’ impression of you.
6) Using the SMART goals formula from the goal-setting e-module, set one SMART goal related to your leadership presence. Ask your Program Facilitator or a Fellow in your organization to help keep you accountable for your progress.
7) Objectively evaluate your professional wardrobe. Does it reflect the polished image and leadership presence you wish to convey in the workplace? Identify and “sideline” any pieces you’ve been meaning to “phase out.” Are there adjustments you can make to your professional attire (e.g., pressing, repair, or replacement of pieces of your wardrobe) that would enhance your leadership presence?
8) Think about who in your network (including any Fellows you might know) might be a good mentor on leadership presence and set up a time to speak with them about your development goals in this area.
9) Based on your assessment of biases you may be confronting in the workplace, develop and rehearse a script to interrupt or counter that bias. Rehearse it until you are comfortable delivering it with ease.
10) Visit a Toastmasters meeting to practice your public speaking skills. You might also consider taking an improv acting class to better develop both your communication skills and your body language awareness.
11) Watch LCLD’s 2017 CLE webinar, “Opportunity at the Crossroads: Using Authentic Leadership Presence to Interrupt Unconscious Bias.”
Suggested Readings on Shielding Against Biases
While optional, these books/articles will help to supplement "The Power of Shielding Against Biases" e-module.
1) Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji
2) Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude M. Steele
3) What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know, by Joan Williams and Rachel Dempsey
4) Forbes, “Are You 'Leadership Material’?”
5) Yes, And, by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton
Online E-Module 3: Time Management
Title: The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management
Companion Worksheet: The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Monday, August 28, 2017
Time-Management Action Assignments:
Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Monday, August 28, 2017.
1) Meet with a group of Fellows or Pathfinders you know to discuss time management techniques. Ask them what their biggest time challenges are and how they’ve created time management techniques that work for them.
2) Keep a journal of how you spend your time both at work and at home for one week. After one week, review the journal and decide which activities you can remove entirely from your agenda, which activities you can minimize, and which you’d like to spend more time on.
3) Meet with your Program Facilitator, or a Fellow or other trusted lawyer at your workplace, and ask if the organization has any resources available for better developing your time-management skills. If so, review the available tool(s) and decide which, if any, will work for you. If not, work with your Facilitator or colleague to develop a strategy for creating time for your Quadrant B work.
4) Reserve your Power Hour(s) on your calendar. Write an agenda for your Power Hour and set goals for what you will accomplish with each Power Hour, and goals for yourself after 10 Power Hours.
5) For those who have already undertaken Power Hours, take a few minutes to evaluate and optimize your approach to them. Identify and implement strategies to further free yourself of distractions and make your Power Hours as efficient and effective as possible. If your Power Hours have not included a Career Development element, take action to include this important element in future Power Hours.
6) Review your current suite of matters and tasks with an eye toward possible delegation of appropriate tasks to junior lawyers or colleagues (thus freeing yourself for high-value work that advances your career development). Discuss with a trusted lawyer at your workplace the pro’s and con’s of the delegations you are considering and, based upon such consultation, take action to delegate appropriate tasks to others.
7) Evaluate the extent to which you are “multitasking” (or, as the e-module puts it, “task-shifting”) in your daily work. Experiment, where practicable, with refining your approach to focus for dedicated periods of time on single tasks and consider whether such “single-tasking” has a place in your approach to your work going forward.
8) Meet with your Program Facilitator, or a Fellow or other trusted lawyer, to go over the Time Management Quadrant System discussed in the e-module. Discuss and implement options for (a) better balancing time spent on “Urgent and Important” tasks (Quadrant A) and important but longer term “Quadrant B” career development tasks, and for (b) minimizing time spent on less important “urgent” (Quadrant C) and “non-urgent” (Quadrant D) tasks.
Suggested Readings on Time Management:
While optional, these books/articles will help to supplement "The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management" e-module.
1) "Time Management Tricks and Techniques," by Michael J.P. Schewe and Courtney Ward-Reichard, Law Practice, Volume 38, Number 3
2) "Before You Agree to Take on new Work, Ask 3 Questions," by Regan Walsh, Harvard Business Review
3) "A New Paradigm for Attorney Time Management," by Cami McLaren, Above the Law
4) "Great at Multitasking? Why You Need to Stop," by Elise Holtzman, The Lawyer's Edge
5) "Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy," by Jeremiah Dillon, Fast Company
6) "Time Management Tips for Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!" by Desiree Moore, Lexis Nexis Legal Newsroom
7) "A Toxic Work World," by Anne-Marie Slaughter, The New York Times
8) "INFOGRAPHIC: The biggest workplace time-wasters are...," by Dan Wisniewski, HRMorning.com
9) "Stop Trying to Please Everyone," by Ron Ashkenas and Matthew McCreight, Harvard Business Review
10) "Why Aren't You Delegating?" by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review
11) "Commit to Under-Scheduling in 2016," by Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Harvard Business Review
12) "A Matter of Time," Attorney at Work Quarterly
13) "The Unimportance of Practically Everything," by George McKeown, Harvard Business Review
14) "Memo to work martyrs: Long hours make you less productive," by Bob Sullivan, CNBC
15) The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Online E-Module 2: Sponsorship
Title: The Power of Sponsorship in Career Advancement
Companion Worksheet: The Power of Sponsorship in Career Advancement Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Monday, July 17, 2017
Sponsorship Action Assignments:
Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Monday, July 17, 2017.
1) If you already have (or have had) a sponsor, think about the person or people who have been your sponsor(s). What has made the relationship(s) work and how might you duplicate that experience?
2) Think about what characteristics you would like to better develop in yourself and who might be a good sponsor for you on your journey.
3) Meet with your Program Facilitator or an LCLD Fellow from your organization to discuss their experiences with sponsorship.
4) Make a list of your professional relationships using the “Personal Board of Directors” slide from the e-module. What can you do to deepen those relationships, and how you can turn these people into sponsors?
5) Reach out to a potential sponsor inside or outside your organization and arrange to meet for lunch or coffee.
6) Set Goals: Choose one or more of the topics below and write a specific goal with a target completion date. Share your goal and timeline with a partner—either your Program Facilitator or a fellow Pathfinder. Be sure to add a recurring appointment to your calendar to check-in with your partner to hold yourself accountable for your progress.
- What will you do to develop your brand to help you develop your sponsor relationships?
- How can you leverage your EQ to attract sponsors?
- What are the self-limiting beliefs you have that are preventing you from developing sponsorship relationships right now?
Suggested Readings on Sponsorship:
While optional, these articles will help to supplement the module on Sponsorship.
1) Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career, by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
2) Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Professionals into Leadership, Center for Talent Innovation
3) The Sponsor Effect: Breaking Through the Last Glass Ceiling, Harvard Business Review
Online E-Module 1: Goal-Setting
Title: Building Career Success - The Power of Goal-Setting
Companion Worksheet: Building Career Success — The Power of Goal-Setting Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Monday, June 5, 2017
Goal-Setting Action Assignments:
Completion Deadline: Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Monday, June 5, 2017.
1) Meet with your Program Facilitator to discuss the essential skills (these can be either technical or “soft” skills) necessary to continue to progress to more senior levels of leadership/responsibility within your organization.
2) Re-read your most recent performance review and pick one skill/function that you would like to better develop. Create a development plan for that skill. If you like, meet with your Program Facilitator to identify firm- or organization-specific development tools available to you.
3) Review your report and the online materials from the MBTI session presented in April (view Adobe materials here and Harley-Davidson materials here). Develop and implement a plan to refine your approach to working with a supervising attorney who displays a different personality type.
4) Getting honest and accurate feedback is essential to career development. Ask three colleagues to give you the first three words they think of when they think of your work. Are the words they use consistent with your self-image of the work you do?
5) Meet with your Program Facilitator to to review training opportunities available within your organization and/or community.
Suggested Readings on Goal-Setting:
While optional, these books/articles will help to supplement the module on Goal-Setting.
1) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
2) What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential, by Robert Steven Kaplan - Harvard Business Review
3) “Make Your Work Resolutions Stick” by Rebecca Knight - Harvard Business Review
Please contact Lori Lorenzo, Program Director, with any questions on substance or deadlines.
For technical questions about the Pathfinder Portal, please contact Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager.