How Cal Newport’s ‘Deep Work’ Principles Can Fundamentally Improve Diversity In The Legal Profession

deep work“Numbers is hard and real and they never have feelings / But you push too hard, even numbers got limits / Why did one straw break the camel’s back? / Here’s the secret / The million other straws underneath it / It’s all mathematics.”         – Yasiin Bey f/k/a Mos Def

This month, Cal Newport published his newest book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. As a huge fan of his previous book So Good They Can’t Ignore You, I couldn’t wait to read his latest work. And it did not disappoint. In fact, I recently had a chance to review several of its core principles on Bentley Tolk’sLegal Marketing Launch Podcast. On Tuesday, Business Insider highlighted thebenefits and efficiency of incorporating Newport’s “deep work” philosophy.

It is no secret, we live in an increasingly 24/7 connected world. More and moreresearch has revealed how constant connectivity is actually hurting our productivity. In Deep Work, Newport presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming one’s mind and habits to support “deep work.”

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What Do The Oscars And The Legal Profession Have In Common?

“Don’t let a win get to your head or a loss to your heart / Nonsense perseveres, prayers laced with fear / Beware, two triple O is near.”Chuck D, Public Enemy


This week, Fast Company’s Jared Lindzon listed diversity and inclusion as one of the Top 5 Business Challenges of 2016. Although the Oscars Committee (aka the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) may have not received the memo, hopefully the legal profession is up for the challenge.

The legal profession isn’t any more diverse than Hollywood, but we should at least admit or recognize that a diverse and inclusive culture is good for the bottom line.

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