VENEZUELA, VERSTAPPEN AND WALES SHARE...

Learnings for lawyers from the sensational summer of sport 2021. TEAM TOGETHERNESS Togetherness to field a less well played team against a tournament favourite and beat the odds of 17 attempts at goal to 1 and still pull out a draw to remain in contention to go through to the next round. Colombia vs Venezuela in Copa America group game. Togetherness to trust the 2 tyre change team strategy. Togetherness that saw the champion take the lead and to come back to win and aggravate the Botas’ understandable repressed resentment - further playing into the hands of Team Red Bull. Verstappen and Team Red Bull in the French F1 Grand Prix. Togetherness to bind together on and off the pitch, when 1 down to a formidable Italy and then losing the youngest player to a red card in the 55th minute, and to keep the final score to 1-0 despite Italy’s onslaught and even creating opportunities to equalise. But more important than the result was the resolute togetherness of the team to support each other. “We play for each other”. No matter the result, Wales can never lose whilst they keep togetherness at the centre of their identity. Wales in Euro2020. Whether it’s team togetherness one event/match/race/deal at a time or as a matter of culture, the power of team togetherness on mental and team wellbeing and performance cannot be overstated. WHAT’S THE LEARNING FOR LAWYERS? In law we like to claim we are good team players yet the structure of how we work can easily become autonomous and siloed as we focus in on the detail. This makes it harder to reap the rewards of team togetherness. You know, where we have freedom to push the boundaries because we know the team has got our back and we’ll move forward together. It’s not about perfect. It’s about progress. Accepting that progress and next level performance requires understanding not judgment because it’s not a glitch-free journey. Can you imagine what might be, how your experience of the law might be if there was a team togetherness culture in your legal team and in the teams in which you are the lawyer? My favourite career story comes from one of these moments. It was a “Hollywood lawyer” moment - files slamming shut and heading for the door and the commercial team in lock step. It proved to be the turning point in a critical negotiation. Balance of power redressed and the deal concluding on time. But nothing beats that feeling of team togetherness. 🔥 Inspired by sport, legal team and career development designed for lawyers by lawyers. Give yourself a head start (or a kickstart) by booking a complimentary call: https://bit.ly/3fW5vyi Your cheerleaders@Fuel+Move Setting up lawyers for a better version of success #lawyerdevelopment #performanceoptimisation #setupforsuccess #summerofsport2021 #lawyerlife #Euro2020