June 1, 2017
Dentons, already the world's largest law firm, has expanded its Southeast Asia presence with the addition of a new office in Yangon ...
May 24, 2017
By Patrick Dransfield One of the biggest challenges facing teams of lawyers was identified more than 50 years ago by Chris Argyris: “Smart people don’t learn…because they have too much invested in proving what they know and avoiding being seen as not knowing.” Recently in Hong Kong, 20 general counsel from top local and multinational companies took part in the In-House Community’s first Bohm Dialogue, co-hosted by Axiom and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Bill Proudfit, our facilitator, has over 30 years in knowledge management and first broke down the natural comfort zone of our assembled delegates by instigating a “knowledge cafe” where individuals were formed into pre-determined small groups that broke down commonalities based on gender and geography. The groups then changed multiple times as the individuals were encouraged to listen and to share: ‘‘What are the achievable changes I can expect to make in my department or in my company in the next 12 months?” The net result of the knowledge cafe was that everyone in the room knew each other and had shared their thoughts with everyone else in an intimate setting. Bill then guided the assembled through the Bohm Dialogue stage: participants were seated in a circle and encouraged to listen intently. As determined by the rules of the dialogue outlined by David Bohm, only one person can speak at any time and that person holds an object as the “speaking object”. Bill shared with the assembled at the close that “knowledge can only be volunteered; it cannot be conscripted”. The Bohm Dialogue channels very old emotional intelligence, based on listening and speaking without...
May 14, 2017
The In-House Community presented Trevor Faure the In-House Community In-House Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the world-wide in-house community at the 2017 In-House Community Awards & Celebration ...