As Eric Farber would tell you, culture is human. Why should lawyers care? Because for Eric, emphasizing culture is THE most important ingredient to growing your firm and impacting those around you for the better. Sure, we’ve probably heard it before. But, Eric doesn’t just talk about it. He writes about, as in wrote a book, about it. We all know a lawyer’s job is to state the case on a client’s behalf. In Eric’s book, he takes on every lawyer as his client, making the “case for culture.”
Eric channels his inner Peter Drucker with the quote that you cannot just hire a hand; a whole person comes with it. And with that comes a host of responsibilities, like a culture of all containing no caveats; like displaying empathy consistently as a core value; and instilling a desire in everyone to care for each other. Those are just some of the responsibilities.
As you dive deeper into Eric’s work, you learn that many of his ideas come from Simon Sinek, the author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. But, anyone can read Simon’s work. Not everyone can implement. Action is more powerful than words in this context, or perhaps especially in this context.
And if cultivating, creating, and preserving culture weren’t difficult enough, try doing it in a pandemic.