Everyone in our firm was recently asked to take a Myers-Briggs personality assessment. We weren’t given the results right away – instead a facilitator met with all of us in a group setting for an afternoon to discuss the results. We split up into small groups and were given an assignment to complete as a team.

There were four of these exercises in total designed to highlight certain attributes. At the end of each assignment, we reviewed the method or thought process each team used to complete it. The results were illuminating; we were able to see how our personality shapes our work ethic, our preferred methods of communication, even our willingness to compromise to achieve a common goal. At the end, a summary of each personality type was matched to our names, along with some common characteristics the type usually exhibits.

The takeaway here should be familiar to anyone in marketing: if you know how someone thinks, you can leverage that knowledge when interacting with them. While businesses spend countless dollars on marketing to better reach their target audience, I found a parallel in what my firm had done. They saw the value in taking an afternoon off to help everyone in the office get to know each other in a disarming, yet personal way. It has already changed some of my perceptions and helped my interactions with co-workers. While this kind of team-building may not be typical of a law firm, it’s certainly consistent with the Klemchuk culture.

About the Blog: Culture Counts is a blog devoted to the discussion of law firm culture and corporate core values. Frequent topics include positive work environment, conscious capitalism, entrepreneurial management, positive workplace culture, workplace productivity, and corporate core values. 

About the Firm: Klemchuk LLP is an Intellectual Property (IP), Technology, Internet, and Business law firm located in Dallas, TX. The firm offers comprehensive legal services including litigation and enforcement of all forms of IP as well as registration and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights. The firm also provides a wide range of technology, Internet, e-commerce, and business services including business planning, formation, and financing, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, data privacy, and domain name dispute resolution. Additional information about the IP law firm and its IP attorneys may be found at www.klemchuk.com.

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