This years ALPMA Summit in Melbourne was by far one of the best I have attended. It definitely delivered a roadmap to transformation and many ways for law firms to move forward with confidence in the ever-changing future that lays ahead of us.
We kicked off with a BD workshop with Michael Schiffner of Collective Intelligence. It was great to get an understanding of why BD isn’t always easy for lawyers and strategies to make it easier. Little and often is the key!
Day 1 saw Chris Riddell go beyond tomorrow and what the digital future holds for us all. Times have never been so exciting for humans and now is the time to use technology to be more human with each other. Sounds strange? Sure does, but I could listen to Chris all day and his insights into how technology will change our future lives if we embrace it.
A hard act to follow but Rabia Siddique, human rights lawyer and ex British Army Officer, silenced and overwhelmed everyone with her amazing life story, including her time serving in Iraq. She is a truly astounding woman who encouraged us all to be brave and believe in our own values.
Tony Wilson energised everyone on Day 2 by showing us how to turn up to work every day and be our best. With the rate of burnout in legal sector increasing rapidly Tony busted the myth that people can’t multitask, even women! Focus is the key to perform at our best.
Other highlights of the conference included Anna Hinder of Searl Street Consulting on why psychological capital is so important in our industry, now more than ever. Michelle Bihary complemented Anna’s session perfectly with her insights into how psychologically responsible workplaces are essential for the wellbeing of all staff and their perceptions of their value to a firm.
The Gala Dinner at the Plaza Ballroom was spectacular. I’ve never seen so many mad hatters in one place! Must be a reflection of the many hats that PM’s / GM’s wear at law firms! Congratulations to Ann-Maree David of the College of Law who was awarded the ALPMA Life Membership. Truly deserved and it’s a pleasure to work with AMD. She excels in everything she does, and she does a lot!
Thank you to VoiceX Communications for my amazing prize, a Philips SpeechOne wireless dictation headset. Now I need to learn to dictate! Thanks also to People2People for the Bollinger and gifts. Finally, thanks to ALPMA and ICE for my gorgeous chocolates from the Yarra Valley.
Looking forward to 2020 on the Gold Coast and being part of the amazing summit committee once again!
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