Lianne Krakauer is a professional certified coach and educator who delivers interactive, engaging and fun learning experiences for diverse audiences. She is as comfortable around a boardroom table as she is speaking to students, newer professionals, senior leaders and judges!
Lianne and her team work closely with client organizations to design speaking engagements and workshops with hands-on learning and practical applications.
The following is a list of past and upcoming engagements. Other workshops are available upon request and can be customized to meet the learning objectives of the organization and participants.
Events open to the public include links to registration information.
Workshops and Speaking Engagement Subjects:
Professionals often move into leadership roles as experts in their field, yet lack the knowledge and skill to behave as leaders. Being a skillful professional doesn’t necessarily translate into communicating powerfully, influencing or mobilizing others around a common purpose. Great leaders understand themselves well and how their behaviours impact others. They also recognize and acknowledge the differences of their team members, and know how to adapt to communicate more effectively, motivate and mobilize. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, this workshop will give participants a chance to explore how they lead and contribute to the team, and how to activate and adapt their behavioural preferences to get better results.
As lawyers progress in their careers, they don’t necessarily see themselves as leaders. It’s not uncommon for even senior lawyers to lack confidence and feel unprepared for the challenges of leadership. Being a good lawyer is not always enough to becoming a great leader. The research shows that the best leaders know and use their strengths first. They have a keen understanding of self and others, and an ability to adapt in order to influence and motivate others. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to consider their unique leadership strengths, reflect on how they are showing up as leaders in their communities, and learn new leadership behaviours to become more effective in a legal environment.
Powerful conversations emphasize strengths and possibilities, instead of deficits and roadblocks. Rather than focusing on the problem and telling people what to do, a powerful conversation engages both participants in thinking creatively about possible solutions and taking joint ownership for results. Lawyers, who excel at advising and advocating for clients about their legal problems, sometimes find it difficult to make the shift from problem-based talk to a solutions focused approach. This workshop will introduce participants to a coaching skills model that will lead to more engaging and productive conversations with associates, staff, colleagues and clients.
Communicating with confidence starts with understanding yourself and your audience. Using the concepts of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this workshop introduces different communication styles, and how to adapt to communicate more effectively with colleagues, employees and clients. Participants will receive a personal interpretive report identifying their communication preferences, with tips for how to leverage their strengths, communicate across differences, and handle common pitfalls more skillfully.
Mentoring involves supporting people to develop their potential through informal learning channels and shared experience. It is a relationship based on trust, mutual respect and open communication. While mentors are often expected to lead the way, the most successful mentoring relationships empower mentees to take initiative for their career development. Mentoring is at its best when both partners are energized and learn from each other. It’s a two way street! This workshop will enhance mentoring relationships, through learning about best practices in building trust, accountability and communication.
The levels of anxiety, depression and stress among lawyers are well documented. This year, the challenges of being healthy and resilient are greater than ever. While there is no easy roadmap to follow, it is more important than ever to take time out to assess well-being and develop strategies for resilience. This workshop will draw on participant experience and empirical research to explore the key factors that contribute to health and happiness with a view to understanding how to navigate the ups and downs of professional life.
Learning to be a Coach-Leader requires a challenging paradigm shift from giving direction to getting the best out of each person on your team. Using coaching skills is a proven method for making this powerful shift. It starts by letting go of being an expert and taking a different stance in conversations with your team. Instead of focusing on how to fix the problem, Coach-Leaders focus on how to act as a thinking partner to empower each person to come up with their own creative solutions. Listening, asking, and challenging others to take responsibility for learning leads to powerful positive change and new behaviours. It also builds better working relationships. As a result of taking a Coach-Leader stance, you will notice how conversations at work become more engaging and productive, and a diversity of ideas and results will begin to emerge.
The best teams are made up of diverse individuals with different personalities and ways of approaching their work. Understanding how to work with differences is essential for optimal team performance. Drawing on the theory of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, this workshop will introduce participants to 16 different personality types, common strengths, pitfalls that teams encounter, and practical tips for adjusting preferences to improve performance. Using a common language for work style preferences will enhance learning, decision-making, planning and working together so that team members are empowered to contribute their best and maximize their potential.
As remote work has become the new normal in many professional environments, people are struggling with how to sustain and build a professional network. Whether you are a job seeker, entrepreneur or professional whose job relies on strong relationships with clients and colleagues, learning to connect in a virtual world is essential to navigating your career. In this workshop, we will look at best practices for networking, connecting and interviewing, and how to communicate with confidence using virtual platforms. Topics will include tips for holding engaging conversations, active listening online, crafting your key messages, and preparing for networking meetings to set yourself up for success.
|June 3, 2021||Networking + Interviewing in a Virtual World, For Young Women Lawyers||Young Women in Law||Online - ZOOM|
|April 29, 2021||Communicating with Confidence: Flex Your Style||Vision Coaching||Online - ZOOM|
|February 11, 2021||Discover your Style: Leadership in Action||Vision Coaching||Online - ZOOM|
|December 2, 2020||Career Well Being & Resilience for Articling Students||Aird & Berlis||Online - ZOOM|
|December 9, 2020||Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First - Maximizing Well-being to Help Others||NALP Canadian Committee||Online - ZOOM|
|November 26, 2020||Mentor Orientation Program||Rotman Executive Leadership Institute||Online - ZOOM|
|November 24, 2020||Coaching 101 Panel||Toronto Law Firm Professional Development Consortium||Online - ZOOM|
|November 17, 2020||Discover Your Style: From Lawyer to Leader||Womens’ Professional Development Committee, Cassels LLP||Online - ZOOM|
|October 27, 2020||Women on the Move: 5 Key Elements to Building a Meaningful Career||Women’s Philanthropy x UJA’s Professional Divisions||Online - ZOOM|
|February 2020||Leadership Values in Action||Aird & Berlis||Toronto, ON|
|November 2019||Creating Strong Mentor Relationships||Cassels Brock LLP||Toronto, ON|
|June 14, 2019||What is your Benchmark? Leadership in the Court and Beyond||National Judicial Institute||Ottawa, ON|
|December 6, 2018||Shifting Career Goals: How to change the conversation about career success||NALP Canadian Meeting||Toronto, ON|
|Jan 2018 and Feb 2019||Career Well Being & Resilience||Aird & Berlis LLP||Toronto, ON|
|October 24, 2017||Discover Your Leadership Style||University of Toronto Faculty 6, FacultyLaw||Toronto, ON|
|July 2017 and 2018||Interviewing Techniques and Best Practices for Employers||Minden Gross LLP||Toronto, ON|
|June 27, 2017||Lawyers and the Pursuit of Happiness: Strategies for Success||Cassels Brock||Toronto, ON|
|June 5, 2017||Effective Coaching in a Multinational Business||Module offered as part of a Rotman Executive Program||Toronto, ON|
|May 16, 2017||Career Well Being for Lawyers||Bennett Jones LLP||Toronto, ON|
|April 7, 2017||Career Transition Group for Women||Work Stress Coaching and Lianne Krakauer||Toronto ON|
|December 6, 2016||Tough Conversations: Setting the Stage for Productive Outcomes||Canadian Bar Association||Solution Series (webinar)|
|November 9 - 10, 2016||What Comes Next? How to have a Successful (and Happy) Career in the Public Sector||Annual Conference for the Association of Law Officers of the Crown (ALOC)||Niagara on the Lake, ON|
|November 3, 2016||Discover Your Leadership Style||Leadership Skills Program for Law Students||Faculty of Law, University of Toronto|
|October 20 - 21, 2016||Powerful Conversations at Work||Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP||Winnipeg, MB|
|September 14, 2016||Career Well Being and Resilience||McMillan LLP||Toronto, ON|
|July 7, 2016||Getting off to a Successful Start: Career-Well Being and Resilience in the Legal Profession||Vancouver Professional (Legal) Development Network||Vancouver, BC|
|June 9, 2016||(Keynote Speaker) Strategies for Success: Lawyers and the Pursuit of Happiness||Law Society of Upper Canada||Toronto, ON|
|April 15, 2016||Powerful Conversations at Work||NALP (Association for Legal Professionals)||Boston, MA|
|April 14, 2016||Coaching with Intention: Know When to Hold and When to Fold||NALP (Association for Legal Professionals)||Boston, MA|
|April 6, 2016||Lawyers and Personality at Work||Bennett Jones LLP||Toronto, ON|
|March 1, 2016||Career Paths Beyond Law Practice||Young Women Lawyers||Toronto, ON|
|Jan 27, 2016||Career Resilience for Lawyers||Bennett Jones LLP||Toronto, ON|
|Dec 4, 2015||Mentor Program Community Health Leaders, Celebratory Wrap up||Rotman Executive Program and Toronto Central LHIN||Toronto, ON|
|May 28, 2015||Mentor Program Community Health Leaders:|
Powerful Conversations for Career Development
|Rotman Executive Program and Toronto Central LHIN||Toronto, ON|
|April 23, 2015||Finding Your Leadership Edge||NALP (Association for Legal Professionals)||Chicago, U.S.A.|
|April 6, 2015||Powerful Conversations at Work||Tikkato||Downtown Toronto, ON|
|March 23, 2015||Powerful Conversations for Professional Organizers||POC Toronto Chapter||Toronto, ON|
|February 4, 2015||Self-Promotion and Business Development for Women Lawyers||Law Society of Upper Canada||Toronto, ON|
|January 14, 2015||Parental Leave Tips for Lawyers||The Hamilton Law Association||John Sopinka Courthouse, Hamilton, ON|
|June 12, 2014||Becoming a Better Leader||Centre for the Legal Profession, Faculty of Law University of Toronto||Toronto, ON|
|April 10, 2014||Powerful Conversations for Managers and Leaders||NALP (Association for Legal Professionals)||Seattle, WA|
|November 5-7, 2013||Women & Leadership in the Legal Profession||Federated Press||Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel|
|October 18, 2013||Coaching Cornucopia! Tools for Clarity & Transformation||Tikkato||Centre for Social Innovation Spadina, Downtown near Spadina & Dundas|
|September 24-25, 2013||Women in Transition||Centre for the Legal Profession||Manulife Financial (200 Bloor St. E.)|
Lianne has experience working with entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders in corporate, not-for-profit, and public sector organizations.
Contact Lianne for more information and fees.