LOUISE LETHBRIDGE

NZ Business - - FOCUS -

Louise Lethbridge is the prac­tice man­ager at Wake­fields Lawyers, a full-ser­vice law firm in Welling­ton which specialises in com­mer­cial and tech­nol­ogy law. In this role Louise is re­spon­si­ble for the gen­eral man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions of the firm, in­clud­ing HR, mar­ket­ing, and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Re­cent work in­cludes the cre­ative di­rec­tion over the com­pany’s re­cent re­brand and new web­site de­vel­op­ment, in ad­di­tion to the gen­eral man­age­ment and over­sight of the pro­ject.

1. What's ap­peal­ing about be­ing in­volved with the In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment?

IMNZ’s pro­fes­sional and cred­i­ble rep­u­ta­tion in the busi­ness com­mu­nity is def­i­nitely ap­peal­ing, as is the fact that this rep­u­ta­tion at­tracts some of the best and bright­est in the in­dus­try. The abil­ity to en­gage with this com­mu­nity was also ini­tially at­trac­tive.

2. How has your in­volve­ment with the In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment helped your ca­reer?

The sem­i­nars I at­tended have en­cour­aged me to ap­proach my work a lit­tle dif­fer­ently and pro­vided me with prac­ti­cal knowl­edge which I have used in my work every day.

More re­cently, IMNZ in­vited me to par­tic­i­pate in a sem­i­nar on ca­reer de­vel­op­ment, as a panel mem­ber. This helped by pro­vid­ing me with pro­fes­sional vis­i­bil­ity as well as an op­por­tu­nity to net­work with some re­ally in­spir­ing lead­ers.

One op­por­tu­nity I would like to take ad­van­tage of, but have not yet, is the men­tor­ship ar­range­ments IMNZ of­fers to its mem­bers.

3. What's im­por­tant to you about join­ing a man­age­ment and lead­er­ship com­mu­nity?

I look for an or­gan­i­sa­tion which fosters a cul­ture of in­clu­sion and sup­port, not just so that I can feel sup­ported (which I feel is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant at this stage in my ca­reer), but so that I can help sup­port oth­ers in their de­vel­op­ment.

More gen­er­ally, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s vi­sion and val­ues need to align with my own val­ues, and a cred­i­ble and well man­aged or­gan­i­sa­tion is also re­ally im­por­tant when de­cid­ing whether to in­vest as a mem­ber.

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