An integral part of the LCLD Pathfinder Program curriculum is the online experiential learning component, accessible via the LCLD Pathfinder E-Module Portal.
A total of four Pathfinder E-Modules will be released between the April and November in-person meetings. Each of the e-modules will be available as described in the welcome package that is distributed at the beginning of the program year. Pathfinders are asked to engage their Peer Circles and Program Facilitators in completing their e-modules and associated assignments. Click here for further instructions.
LCLD will send emails letting Pathfinders and Program Facilitators know when each e-module opens and closes via firstname.lastname@example.org. You may use this page as a reference between formal communications.
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: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Shielding Against Bias Action Assignments:
Completion Deadline: Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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.”
While optional, these podcasts/articles will help to supplement the e-module on Shielding Against Biases.
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: Sponsorship
Title: The Power of Sponsorship in Career Advancement
Companion Worksheet: The Power of Sponsorship in Career Advancement Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Sponsorship Action Assignments:
Completion Deadline: Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
1. Discuss the following with your Peer Circle:
- How did you develop a successful sponsorship relationship?
- How has your sponsor helped further your career?
- What steps are you taking to strengthen your relationship with your sponsor(s)?
- If you have experienced a situation where someone you identified as a potential sponsor did not end up becoming your sponsor, were there any lessons you learned that you’d like to share with the group about that experience?
2. Discuss the Following with your Program Facilitator:
- Who are your sponsors (internal and external to your organization)?
- If you do not have a sponsor, or want to develop another sponsor relationship, discuss your “Personal Board of Directors” with your Facilitator. Discuss what you can do to deepen those relationships, and how you can turn these people into the sponsors.
While optional, these podcasts/articles will help to supplement the e-module on Sponsorship.
1) Self Promotion Corporate Homie Podcast, Episode 59, March 14, 2018 (20 minutes)
2) Part 3 of Get Yourself a Sponsor – Strategies to Identify a Potential Sponsor, by Elise Holtzman, The Lawyer's Edge (5-7 minutes)
3) Part 4 of Get Yourself a Sponsor — How to Approach A Potential Sponsor, by Elise Holtzman, The Lawyer's Edge (5-7 minutes)
4) Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Professionals into Leadership, Center for Talent Innovation
Online E-Module 2: 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: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Goal-Setting Action Assignments:
Completion Deadline: Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
1) Discuss your Self-Reflection Questions with your Peer Circle.
2) 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. Compare what you’ve learned from each of your organizations and discuss with your Peer Circle.
3) 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. Discuss your development plan with your Peer Circle and ask for feedback.
4) Review your report and the online materials from the MBTI session presented in April (view Walmart, Inc. materials here and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. materials here). Develop and implement a plan to refine your approach to working with a supervising attorney who displays a different personality type.
5) 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?
6) Meet with your Program Facilitator 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 (240 pages)
2) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success In A Distracted World, by Cal Newport (296 pages)
3) “Make Your Work Resolutions Stick” by Rebecca Knight - Harvard Business Review (7 minutes)
4) Cultivating the right mindset to excel in your career with Drew Amoroso. The Generation Why Lawyer Podcast May 21, 2018 (31 minutes)
5. Power of Planning Hustle and Flow podcast with Heather Joy Hubbard. Episode 71, May 22, 2018 (32 minutes)
6. Career Growth vs. Development Corporate Homie Podcast, Episode 57, February 21, 2018 (20 minutes)
7. Run Your Own Race Corporate Homie Podcast, Episode 38, August 22, 2017 (16 minutes)
Online E-Module 1: 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: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time-Management Action Assignments:
Discuss the following topics with your Peer Circle by Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
1) Discuss time management techniques. Ask your Peer Circle members what their biggest time challenges are and how they’ve created time management techniques that work for them.
2) 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.
Also, choose at least one of the Action Assignments below to complete by Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (If you begin this process before your Peer Circle meeting, you can discuss with your Peer Circle.)
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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 pros and cons of the delegations you are considering and, based upon such consultation, take action to delegate appropriate tasks to others.
6) 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.
Suggested Readings on Time Management:
These articles and podcasts will help to supplement "The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management" e-module. While you do not need to read all of the articles, if each member in your Peer Circle selects 1-2 articles/podcasts, it will enhance your e-module learning experience.
1) “Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Late-And What to Do About It,” Freakonomics Radio, March 7, 2018. (41 minutes)
2) “Maximizing Your Commute,” Corporate Homie Podcast, April 4, 2017. (24 minutes)
3) “Clear the Clutter (Get it Done Challenge Day 1)” Hustle & Flow with Heather Hubbard Podcast. (This is episode one of a week-long challenge.) April 2, 2018 (15 minutes)
1) "Before You Agree to Take on new Work, Ask 3 Questions," by Regan Walsh, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
2) "A New Paradigm for Attorney Time Management," by Cami McLaren, Above the Law (<5 minutes)
3) "Great at Multitasking? Why You Need to Stop," by Elise Holtzman, The Lawyer's Edge (<5 minutes)
4) "Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy," by Jeremiah Dillon, Fast Company (<5 minutes)
5) "Time Management Tips for Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!" by Desiree Moore, Lexis Nexis Legal Newsroom (<5 minutes)
6) "INFOGRAPHIC: The biggest workplace time-wasters are...," by Dan Wisniewski, HRMorning.com (<5 minutes)
7) "Stop Trying to Please Everyone," by Ron Ashkenas and Matthew McCreight, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
8) "Why Aren't You Delegating?" by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
9) "A Matter of Time," Attorney at Work Quarterly (45-50 minutes, multiple articles.)
10) "The Unimportance of Practically Everything," by George McKeown, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
Please contact Erin Hess, Program Manager, with any questions on substance or deadlines.
For technical questions about the Pathfinder E-Module Portal, please contact Jessica Sabesan, LCLD Communications & Marketing Manager.