Compiled for the LCLD Board of Directors every Wednesday, this digest is designed to brief you on the latest headlines about LCLD Members and organizations, as well as thought-provoking articles on diversity in the legal profession, talent development, mentoring, and leadership. Past issues of the Digest are also archived on the LCLD web site.

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1. Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success.

Inc, 1/7/18

The most effective teams at LCLD Member organization Google all have one thing in common—strong levels of trust, which in turn are built on the listening skills, empathy, and authenticity of teams members and leaders.

2. Job Interviews Without Gender

The New York Times, 1/6/18

Blind hiring tools can be a “misguided distraction from the hard work of evaluating and fixing the ways in which organizations’ cultures drive out the women who are actually hired.” 

3. How Will Generation X Lead Big Law?

The American Lawyer, 1/6/18

“Gen-Xers respect the dedication of boomer predecessors who built their firms. They also recognize that to be successful, they must not only partner with their more numerous younger millennial colleagues, but ensure that the firm offers a career path that younger generations see as viable.” 

4. Understanding Human Communication Patterns Makes You a Better Leader

SmartBrief, 1/9/18

Leaders who want to be better listeners may need to throw out some conventional wisdom about communication cues.

5. Iceland Makes Companies Prove They’re Not Paying Women Less

The New York Times, 1/3/18

A new law in Iceland requires companies to analyze their salary structures every three years to ensure men and women are receiving the same amount of money for the same jobs;  Iceland already ranks fifth in the world for gender pay equity.