An integral part of the LCLD Pathfinder Program curriculum is the online experiential learning component, accessible via the LCLD Pathfinder E-Module Portal.
NOTE: 2022 Pathfinders will receive access to the Pathfinder E-Module Portal in May 2022.
Two Pathfinder E-Modules will be released between the spring and fall Class 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. Please note that Pathfinders and Program Facilitators should have received a unique e-module invitation link via email@example.com in May 2022 (please check your spam folder).
E-Module 1: Time Management
Online Learning: The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management
Webinar: 2022 Pathfinder Time Management Live Session (registration to come)
Companion Worksheet: The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Time-Management Action Assignments:
Discuss the following topics with your Peer Circle by Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
1) Ask your Peer Circle members what their biggest time challenges have been during the changes presented by COVID-19. Share how you’ve created time management techniques that work for you. Also discuss any others techniques that you may have learned about and hope to implement.
2) Go over the Time Management Quadrant System discussed in the e-module online learning session. 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.
Additionally, choose at least one of the Action Assignments below to complete by Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 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 professionally and personally, 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) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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 and the "2022 Pathfinder Time Management Live Session." 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 learning experience. Please note that this is a suggested list; there are many more available resources dealing with the topic of Time Management, especially as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis. Please share any other resources that you may find on the 2022 Pathfinder GroupMe!
1) “Stay Afloat When Life is Overwhelming,” Before Breakfast, April 16, 2019. (7 minutes)
2) “Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Late--And What to Do About It,” Freakonomics Radio, March 7, 2018. (41 minutes)
3) ”Make More Time,” Corporate Homie Podcast, November 26, 2019. (20 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)
11) “Just Say No! How To Do More By Doing Less,” by Mary Abbajay, Forbes (<5 minutes)
1) “Productivity Skills to Help You Gain Time Back,” by Steve Glaveski, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
2) “A Guide for Working (From Home) Parents,” by Avni Patel Thompson, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
3) “We have a lot more time now. So why can’t we get anything done?” by Laura Vanderkam, The Washington Post (<5 minutes)
4) “WATCH: 5 ways to manage your time during a pandemic,” PBS NewsHour (34 minutes)
5) “How to design an effective schedule during stressful times,” by Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Fast Company (5 minutes)
6) “5 Time Management Tips When Working From Home,” by Caroline Castrillon, Forbes (<5 minutes)
E-Module 2: Goal-Setting
Online Learning: Building Career Success - The Power of Goal-Setting
Webinar: 2022 Pathfinder Goal-Setting Live Session (registration to come)
Companion Worksheet: Building Career Success — The Power of Goal-Setting Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2022
Goal-Setting Action Assignments:
Completion Deadline: Choose at least one Action Assignment to complete by Friday, September 9, 2022.
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 TypeCoach session presented in May. 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 resources will help to supplement the e-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) The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield (624 pages)
4) “Revisiting 2020 Goals During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” by Mahira Khan, Baker Donelson Diversity Matters Newsletter, Second Quarter 2020
5) “4 Tips for Staying on Track with Your Goals,” by Jay Reeves, Lawyers Mutual, April 29, 2019
6) “Make Your Work Resolutions Stick,” by Rebecca Knight, Harvard Business Review (7 minutes)
7) A list of Goal Setting podcasts are listed here.
8) “Cultivating the right mindset to excel in your career with Drew Amoroso,” The Generation Why Lawyer Podcast, Episode 145, May 21, 2018 (31 minutes)
9) “Power of Planning,” Hustle & Flow Podcast with Heather Joy Hubbard, Episode 71, May 22, 2018 (32 minutes)
10) “Career Growth vs. Development,” Corporate Homie Podcast, Episode 57, February 21, 2018 (20 minutes)
11) “Run Your Own Race,” Corporate Homie Podcast, Episode 38, August 22, 2017 (16 minutes)
12) “The Goal Setting Process,” Lawyer Life Podcast, January 3, 2019 (25 minutes)
13) “Deep Work,” NPR Hidden Brain Podcast, August 26, 2019 (34 minutes)
14) “Why the secret to success is setting the right goals,” by John Doerr, TED2018 (12 minutes)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on substance or deadlines.
For technical questions about the Pathfinder E-Module Portal, please contact Chenoa Forrester, LCLD Programs Specialist.