Global players are positioned and packaged in leadership propaganda as infinitely resilient.
No matter what crisis they manage they know how to take care of themselves well enough so that they don't skip a beat.
Well, the meme just hit a wall. A big one. And, it's in BigLaw.
In Abovethelaw.com, lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino reports that Baker McKenzie global chairman Paul Rawlinson is stepping down temporarily from day-to-day responsibilities. He has encountered health problems related to exhaustion. In respect for his privacy more details aren't provided.
Baker McKenzie has had its recent run of bad press. And, as we all know, what happens in the court of public opinion is more important that what happens in any other venue.
Recently, the legal and business media had a ball noting that Baker McKenzie delivered an apology for mishandling the complaint by an associate about an alleged sexual assault. That's a real nono in this #MeToo era.
In addition, it managed to unleash a plague of bad feelings among associates. That could be affecting morale. What company wants to assign a bet the ranch case to a law firm with resentful associates?
This blog hopes that Rawlinson will be back soon. There's a book he has to publish on this phase of his career journey. Such insight could be seminal in the material on leadership.
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