Lawyer Monthly - February 2022

owwould you define “sustainable high performance” in the legal sector? Sustainable high performance is about recognising that performance lives on a spectrum. On the one end, there is sustainable high performance, which is excelling at the work you do and delivering stellar results but doing so in a way that is sustainable, meaning you are able to continue to be successful in the long run without sacrificing your wellness. At the other end of the spectrum, there is burnout, which is when chronic stress is not managed efficiently and there are not enough periods of rest between intense bouts of work. Over time, this stress begins to impact wellbeing at work. It can often be difficult to see it preventatively because of a culture of ‘stick it out or burn out’ that is prevalent in law. Howcan sustainable high performance be achieved through corporate wellness programmes and initiatives? Although outstanding lawyers have extraordinary lawyering skills, we do not necessarily learn about selfEXPERT INSIGHT HowCan Firms Deliver Sustainable High Performance ThroughWellness? H Burnout is one of the legal sector’s main hazards. No matter how skilled a lawyer may be, the demands of achieving consistently excellent results takes a dire toll on mental health if left unchecked. In this article, health coach and former London lawyer Charlène Gisèle Bourliout illustrates the need for law firms to enshrine lawyer wellness in order to deliver sustainable high performance. Charlène Gisèle Bourliout Charlène Gisèle Bourliout is a health coach, wellness consultant and burnout prevention adviser dubbed the “Soulicitor” by her clients. A former London lawyer, Charlène coaches her clients on personal and professional life optimisation through a combination of high-performance coaching, burnout prevention and mindset optimisation. 62 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | FEB 2022

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