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A case study of how to use a psychometric instrument for a legal department retreat

A wonderful article in the ACC Docket, July/Aug. 2011 at 29, describes how the law department of Reckitt Benckiser Group, a global consumer products company, had all its 44 in-house lawyers take a psychometric assessment. It was one of several available for law departments, specifically the Caliper Profile (See my post of Nov. 27, 2005: Caliper findings and the skepticism of lawyers.). The company’s lawyers came from 18 countries and worked in 15 of them so they had widely varying backgrounds and styles. The Caliper Profile measures 23 different personality traits and motivational factors such as leadership, problem solving, and time management.

The article compares personality traits common to lawyers to those of business executives and also compares the traits of inside and outside lawyers. It also weaves in Emotional Intelligence and results of a test called the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence test (See my post of Dec. 3, 2007 #4: EI with 5 references.). The article provides much to think about.

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