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GOAL Spotlight: Carnell Pope

Office Services Clerk

 

Tell us about your GOAL.
My GOAL is to learn how to become a manager and ultimately obtain a management position. I participated in a two-day management and leadership skills course for first-time managers offered by the National Seminar for Training (NST), which teaches leadership fundamentals and how to address the typical issues faced by new managers.

 

Why did you decide to pursue this GOAL?
I enjoy growing with the firm and see myself growing along with it. A management and leadership GOAL will help me achieve that growth.

 

How do you think this GOAL will help you in your role?
This GOAL has helped me a lot in my current role. It really challenged what I thought I knew; I can supervise a person and team, but this class taught me how to approach and effectively talk to people. The program helped me develop my personal leadership strengths while learning how to build a highly motivated, high-performance team.

 

What does it mean to you to work for a firm that supports you in your professional development?
It feels great to work at a firm that pushes you to grow and supports you along the way. It truly feels like the firm cares and wants me to reach my full potential.

 

What do you plan to do with the skills you learned from this GOAL?
My next step is to look into training books and other management courses offered to further build upon my management skills.

GOAL Spotlight: Debra Bodian Bernstein

Litigation Counsel

 

Tell us about your GOAL and why you wanted to pursue it.
My GOAL was to take improvisation classes, which I thought would be a fun way, as a litigator, to sharpen my oral advocacy skills by practicing thinking on my feet in a public setting but in an entirely different context.

 

How did you get the idea to do the improv class?
I actually got the idea from my niece, who took improv classes to help with her public speaking. She brought me to a free three-hour class for the fun of it, and not only did I enjoy it, but I realized that it could be really beneficial for me as a litigator.

 

What did you enjoy most about the improv class?
I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of thinking on my feet with no advance preparation and no safety net. It’s also been a lot of fun to immerse myself for three hours a week in an activity that is so different from what I do as a lawyer, yet so helpful in strengthening skills that are essential to my work.

 

How has the improv class helped you in your current role?
I didn’t realize how helpful the improv classes would be for my work in general, not just for when I’m advocating on behalf of a client. The main concept in improv is “yes, and” – meaning you listen and try to build off of what someone else is saying or doing. So the whole class is basically built around practicing listening skills and collaborating with others, which obviously are really important skills not only for a litigator but for any professional or business person. Also, doing improv forces the participant to get out of his or her comfort zone, which instills a tremendous amount of confidence.

 

What does it mean to you to work at a firm what supports you in this type of personal and professional goal?
I think it’s phenomenal that Tarter Krinsky & Drogin offers the GOAL program. It says a lot about the type of supportive firm that Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is (and always has been during my 15+ years at the firm).

We place tremendous emphasis on the professional development and growth of every single one of our employees. We don’t just say that, we live it. Training and developing our employees is at the heart of everything we do, because the professional growth of our people drives the growth and success of our firm overall.

We are committed to cultivating development opportunities for each employee, and helping them achieve targeted career goals. As we continue to expand and serve a growing number of clients, this commitment to development is more important than ever.

Mentoring

We have a robust associate mentoring program, which is structured so that each associate is paired with a partner so that they can gain knowledge and insight as they grow to be the firm’s future leaders. The goals of the program are to help our associates develop their careers while fostering self-confidence, legal skills, the ability to market themselves and their practice, develop institutional savvy as well as strengthen their connections within the firm.

GOAL Program

Our signature GOAL Program (which stands for Go Out and Learn/Lead) encourages all lawyers and staff to identify a professional goal or learning objective each year. The firm then supports their plan through providing marketing and human resources support, covering expenses for courses, certifications, registrations, etc.

Past goals have included public speaking and time management training, an improv class to enhance public speaking skills, business development coaching and language lessons, among others – anything for the betterment of people and how we approach our clients’ work.

Pipeline Program

We have developed a number of initiatives to give our lawyers the tools to succeed in lead generation and client retention. The cornerstone of these efforts is our business development Pipeline Program.

Participants in this program, who range from first-year associates to senior partners, meet together monthly to brainstorm leads, discuss tactics and outreach, and report back on their progress and roadblocks.

The program also focuses on best practices in cross-selling, client service and in-person and online networking. The program strives to provide our lawyers with the critical skills they will need today and tomorrow to generate new business and develop stronger professional relationships. The program has led to several participants obtaining new engagements and strengthened relationships in just two years since its inception, and we look forward to our lawyers’ continued success.


GOAL Spotlight: Carnell Pope

Office Services Clerk

 

Tell us about your GOAL.
My GOAL is to learn how to become a manager and ultimately obtain a management position. I participated in a two-day management and leadership skills course for first-time managers offered by the National Seminar for Training (NST), which teaches leadership fundamentals and how to address the typical issues faced by new managers.

 

Why did you decide to pursue this GOAL?
I enjoy growing with the firm and see myself growing along with it. A management and leadership GOAL will help me achieve that growth.

 

How do you think this GOAL will help you in your role?
This GOAL has helped me a lot in my current role. It really challenged what I thought I knew; I can supervise a person and team, but this class taught me how to approach and effectively talk to people. The program helped me develop my personal leadership strengths while learning how to build a highly motivated, high-performance team.

 

What does it mean to you to work for a firm that supports you in your professional development?
It feels great to work at a firm that pushes you to grow and supports you along the way. It truly feels like the firm cares and wants me to reach my full potential.

 

What do you plan to do with the skills you learned from this GOAL?
My next step is to look into training books and other management courses offered to further build upon my management skills.

GOAL Spotlight: Debra Bodian Bernstein

Litigation Counsel

 

Tell us about your GOAL and why you wanted to pursue it.
My GOAL was to take improvisation classes, which I thought would be a fun way, as a litigator, to sharpen my oral advocacy skills by practicing thinking on my feet in a public setting but in an entirely different context.

 

How did you get the idea to do the improv class?
I actually got the idea from my niece, who took improv classes to help with her public speaking. She brought me to a free three-hour class for the fun of it, and not only did I enjoy it, but I realized that it could be really beneficial for me as a litigator.

 

What did you enjoy most about the improv class?
I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of thinking on my feet with no advance preparation and no safety net. It’s also been a lot of fun to immerse myself for three hours a week in an activity that is so different from what I do as a lawyer, yet so helpful in strengthening skills that are essential to my work.

 

How has the improv class helped you in your current role?
I didn’t realize how helpful the improv classes would be for my work in general, not just for when I’m advocating on behalf of a client. The main concept in improv is “yes, and” – meaning you listen and try to build off of what someone else is saying or doing. So the whole class is basically built around practicing listening skills and collaborating with others, which obviously are really important skills not only for a litigator but for any professional or business person. Also, doing improv forces the participant to get out of his or her comfort zone, which instills a tremendous amount of confidence.

 

What does it mean to you to work at a firm what supports you in this type of personal and professional goal?
I think it’s phenomenal that Tarter Krinsky & Drogin offers the GOAL program. It says a lot about the type of supportive firm that Tarter Krinsky & Drogin is (and always has been during my 15+ years at the firm).

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