I just had a very unusual experience. I woke up on Tuesday with the same feeling I had when I was a kid waking up on Christmas Day. I had a real sense of excitement about what was about to happen.

At 8am, it was the final session of the online legal leadership and innovation coaching program I teach at Bond University. This is the session where all 30 participants had to pitch the legal innovation project that they were going to roll out at their organisation. It had been six weeks of work for the cohort going through a four step program that I have built over four years. My aim was for a Program that was personally and professionally transformative and that would truly help lawyers.

Over two hours I heard great low-cost/high impact ideas from these lawyers who were going to go back to their organisations and make a difference. The enthusiasm & creativity was incredible.

I could have listened to them forever. Thanks to the 30 lawyers who took part in the inaugural Program. You gave me Christmas in August.

It seems the lawyers also enjoyed the experience. Some feedback:

“The Program has been a catalyst for positive change in my legal career. I now approach problems with a fresh, innovative mindset that’s already benefiting my internal clients and colleagues. I highly recommend The Breakthrough Lawyer to lawyers of any experience level wanting to enhance their commercial acumen and delivery of legal services” – Senior in-house lawyer

“The Program  is a masterclass in legal innovation and leadership – as well as being a truly enjoyable experience. I’ve already integrated its teachings into my practice with great results” – Senior private practice lawyer

The Program is a mixture of large group and small group online learning plus access to 19 global experts as guest lecturers. My thanks to those experts:

Rawson Marshal Thurber (writer/director Dodgeball, We’re the Millers & more)

Global Gen Counsels: Lisa Mather (PayPal & Mars Wrigley), Katja Roth Pellanda (Zurich Insurance), Dan M. Berkovitz (US Securities & Exchange Commission), Wei Chen (Infoblox) and Matt Fawcett (NetApp)

Business leaders: David Gonski, David Thodey Deena Shiff and Mike Cannon Brookes (Snr)

Australian Gen Counsels: Bill Reid (Woolworths) and James Couche (Thales)

Tech, LegalTech & Innovation Experts: Edward Hartman (Founder, LegalZoom US), Mike Pell (Microsoft Garage NYC), Elliot Leibu (ANZ Bank Legal Ops), Ross Dawson (Futurist) and John Meacock (Deloitte Global)

Global Law Firm Leaders: Paul Jenkins (Ashurst) and Chris Freeland AM (Baker McKenzie),

In 2024 we will roll out another Program for Australian lawyers and we are looking at potentially making separate Programs available for lawyers in each of the US, UK, Canada and NZ. If you are interested in the Program for yourself or your team member(s), you can message me or go on the Breakthrough Lawyer website and sign up for the 2024 waitlist https://lnkd.in/g8fgg46c