13 MAY

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | How to Influence Without Formal Authority

As an in-house lawyer, how do you ensure that your voice is effectively heard in the boardroom? Having consulted with leading law firms and in-house legal teams for over twenty years, Professor Richard Jolly of London Business School will share the research on the behaviours that will increase your ability to influence senior colleagues. There is little correlation between having a valid perspective and being effective at getting this perspective adopted in the boardroom – it is your political skills that really matter. By the end of this webinar, you will have a much clearer sense of the rules that determine success in the boardroom and what you can practically do to be more influential when you have no formal authority…

This interactive webinar will be made up of a 60-minute talk by Professor Jolly, followed by a 30-minute Q&A to ensure that you have every opportunity to get specific, practical value out of the session.

Richard Jolly, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School 

14 MAY

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Collaborating Through the Crisis: How In-house Lawyers Add Value to Their Enterprise

Now more than ever, in-house legal teams are under pressure to add value to their organization.  Top General Counsels are finding ways to meet their executives’ demands for forward-thinking, constructive, business-enhancing solutions in this time of crisis—and doing so in ways that build strength and engagement in the legal department so that they emerge stronger afterwards.

In this research-backed, interactive online workshop, learn how “smart collaboration” is the key to developing the high-value, holistic solutions that harness the collective power of their team to tackle the entity’s most complex problems. 

Discussion topics include the following—plus the ones you chat in:

  • Identify ways to join business leaders’ (virtual) discussions early enough to integrate legal expertise fully into their decisions
  • Partner with functional counterparts to create holistic solutions that capture opportunities, lower risk, and improve the employee and customer experience—for now, and when the economy recovers
  • Combat the tendency for stress to increase stereotyping and bias, which undermine diversity efforts and dampen morale & productivity
  • Maximize productivity, trust and empathy through remote working—simple, practical tactics to help teams make sense of each other’s behaviour, and minimize the effect of inevitable distractions and related misunderstandings when working across locations

Highlights will also include a preview of Dr Gardner’s forthcoming special report, Smart Collaboration for In-house Legal Teams, to be published May 2020.

Dr Heidi Gardner, Distinguished Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

15 MAY

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Possibility: Transforming Uncertainty into Opportunity

As the world becomes more dynamic and uncertain, leaders and their organizations are struggling to deal with the age of uncertainty. But it is possible to develop the capacity not only to endure uncertainty but to turn it into possibility. For the last five years, I have been studying people who have developed the ability to navigate the unknown, a capacity called “uncertainty capability.” Taking lessons from innovators, entrepreneurs, CEOs, noble prize winners but also from gamblers, paramedics, surfers, dyslexics, and others who deal with a great deal of uncertainty, I have identified a toolkit that can be used to increase the ability of individual leaders, teams, and organizations to become more resilient to uncertainty and to see the opportunities hidden within it. Specifically, my research identifies a set of perspectives, tools, and exercises to increase uncertainty capability, whether it be for individual leaders or teams within a larger organization.

Nathan Furr, Associate Professor of Strategy, INSEAD


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Legacies of Lockdown

During this difficult and uncertain time, we at GLL want to support our client members and provide them with new perspectives and thinking to help them deal with what is happening on a personal and professional level.  We have arranged this session with Dr Helena Boschi, who will consider some of the psychological legacies of lockdown and will offer several strategies for dealing with the current situation.  She will look at the impact of the pandemic on our thinking and decision-making, the importance of psychological safety and addressing anxiety, biases we have become particularly susceptible to, how to make the best use of the technology we are now dependent on, how to strengthen our systems on a biological and psychological level and communication strategies as leaders and lawyers. 

Dr Helena Boschi, Psycholgist 


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | The Neuroscience Behind Resilience

Research into the neuroscience of resilience is still a relatively new area.   In an increasingly stressful world, interest in resilience continues to rise, giving us a better awareness of the coping mechanisms needed to deal with or bounce back from the difficult situations we face. 

This session will explore insights into the biological, psychological and social factors associated with resilience and will offer practical ideas to help us stay strong and capable.  In these current times, it is all the more important that we take responsibility for our neural, cognitive and biological health and well-being. 

Helena will take us through the brain’s response to stress, why and when stress is dangerous, why some people are resilient than others and how we can develop the right mindset and habits to strengthen our systems throughout our life. 

Dr Helena Boschi, Psycholgist