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Water + Air Podcast

Parul Patel

The Water + Air Podcast focuses on the ordinary that powers the extraordinary in the nuanced realities of the legal profession. It offers valuable, often overlooked, insights that form strong foundations for sustainable success in this fast-paced sector. Parul Patel shares her world-class experience, mindset, strategies, tactics, and technical know-how developed from advising some of the world’s most influential and innovative brands like Nike, Speedo, Uniqlo, and Bird & Bird. Her aim is to help lawyers ditch high exhaustion and enable their hard work to work harder and smarter for them, their teams and their stakeholders. Tune in every Wednesday to learn how to unlock the ordinary that powers the extraordinary. Water and air are a perfect combination, bringing balance to feelings and thoughts. These magnificent elements create crystals and clouds which ignite electricity and lightning. Whether you are a legal practitioner with over 30 years' experience, a teenager inspired by Silk, a client, a recruiter or other legal department supplier, follow the Water + Air Podcast, The Ordinary That Powers The Extraordinary to discover how to raise the bar and achieve sustainable success in law. Subscribe and get weekly updates.

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How to bring out the best in a diverse team with Riyaz Hazi
Jun 8 2022
How to bring out the best in a diverse team with Riyaz Hazi
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode (taken from LiveLaughLaw), I'm delighted to welcome Riyaz Hazi to the podcast.Riaz is a Dual Qualified Solicitor and Chartered Accountant – and works as a Commercial Lawyer for the UK Government.We discuss various topics including: how he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Solicitor, all whilst being visually impaired; the differences he's encountered between corporate law and working for the government; and the ways in which leadership can progress multiple aspects moving forward for a more diverse and equal workplace.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Hazi can be found here:LinkedIn:
How to bring out the best in a diverse team with Riyaz Hazi
Jun 8 2022
How to bring out the best in a diverse team with Riyaz Hazi
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode (taken from LiveLaughLaw), I'm delighted to welcome Riyaz Hazi to the podcast.Riaz is a Dual Qualified Solicitor and Chartered Accountant – and works as a Commercial Lawyer for the UK Government.We discuss various topics including: how he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Solicitor, all whilst being visually impaired; the differences he's encountered between corporate law and working for the government; and the ways in which leadership can progress multiple aspects moving forward for a more diverse and equal workplace.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Hazi can be found here:LinkedIn:
Why We Need A Workplace Infused with Love - And How To Achieve It
May 18 2022
Why We Need A Workplace Infused with Love - And How To Achieve It
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, we discuss how to inject love into the workplace - and the difference it can make.We run through the four industrial revolutions that have shaped our modern day workplaces - and how the world has changed since those times. But you can't solve a problem with the same thinking that created it. Fortunately, certain companies and leaders are blazing a trail by putting love and uniqueness front and centre of the their ideologies.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
How to thrive through transitions to leaderships with Christine Baker
May 4 2022
How to thrive through transitions to leaderships with Christine Baker
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Christine Baker to the podcast.Christine is an Executive Coach and Human Capability Expert.We discuss various topics including: how to make sure that a promotion is the right fit for you, and not just a pre-programmed move up the ladder; the importance of clarity from both employer and employee; and how your mindset and ability to keep on a positive journey to emotional maturity is truly vital.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Baker can be found here:LinkedIn:
Paid Cynics (lawyers) Can Develop an Abundance Mindset too, with Kevin Hall
Apr 20 2022
Paid Cynics (lawyers) Can Develop an Abundance Mindset too, with Kevin Hall
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm honoured to welcome Kevin Hall to the podcast.Kevin is a Business Coach, Facilitator, Trainer and Presenter.We discuss various topics including: the differences between an abundant mindset and one filled with scarcity or fear; the four crucial ways in which you can move towards a more abundant mindset; and why using time as a reason for not being able to achieve one can quickly be rectified using various strategies.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Hall can be found here:LinkedIn:
How To Grow An Adaptive Legal Practice with Vanessa Challess
Apr 6 2022
How To Grow An Adaptive Legal Practice with Vanessa Challess
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Vanessa Challess to the podcast.Vanessa is the Founder of Tiger Law, Electra HR & Tiger Bytez.We discuss various topics including what it means to build an adaptive legal practice and why it is so important; questions that can be asked to help determine the direction of company culture; and why evolving training over time to a more progressive and inclusive process actually helps those on every side of the equation.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Challess can be found here:LinkedIn:
How To Build Your Thriving Legal Dream Team Culture with Ehsan Haque
Mar 23 2022
How To Build Your Thriving Legal Dream Team Culture with Ehsan Haque
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm ecstatic to welcome Ehsan Haque to the podcast.Ehsan is General Counsel EMEA to the Amber Group.We discuss various topics including: how to build a culture that's fit for you and your team - even if it looks different to the traditional corporate culture; why allowing the sun to shine on juniors is a healthier way for everyone on the team to win; and how work should form part of a healthy and balanced living - not your whole life.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Haque can be found here:LinkedIn:
Why Does Gaming Make Better Lawyers? With Antonia Koop
Mar 9 2022
Why Does Gaming Make Better Lawyers? With Antonia Koop
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Antonia Koop to the podcast.Antonia is CEO of Kite Rider Strategic Adventures Ltd and also CobaltIED.We discuss various topics including how technology can help prepare you to face crisis situations; the difference between gamification and VR/AR/XR Game-Based Learning; and when responding to pressure in a safe space can help uncover who you really are in times of stress - and how you can use that to your advantage.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Koop can be found here:LinkedIn:  Website:
Better Than Fiction: How to Turn Horror into Fantasy as a Legal Expat with Xavi de Ramon
Feb 28 2022
Better Than Fiction: How to Turn Horror into Fantasy as a Legal Expat with Xavi de Ramon
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Xavier de Ramon to thepodcast.Xavier is Legal Counsel for MAPFRE in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a soon-to-be-published author.We discuss various topics including the coalface realities of an ex-pat move, and how to make yours more likely to succeed; how the spirit of an ex-pat relocation can present unexpected adventures and opportunities; and how his love for Japanese culture would lead him to write a terror story based on less well-known beliefs scattered through Japan.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: de Ramon can be found here:LinkedIn:
Explore this Simple Secret to Attracting and Retaining Top Legal Talent and improve Well-being
Feb 9 2022
Explore this Simple Secret to Attracting and Retaining Top Legal Talent and improve Well-being
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, we discuss retention and performance.We run through a helpful diagnostic tool that could help provide clarity as to your current company culture - and what could potentially be the preferred one. It's important to remember that data is only as useful as the interpretation, but these four options should form a strong launchpad for asking vital questions.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
How To Turn Your Passion Into A Fabulous and Lucrative Career Lifestyle with Abhijat Saraswat
Jan 26 2022
How To Turn Your Passion Into A Fabulous and Lucrative Career Lifestyle with Abhijat Saraswat
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm ecstatic to welcome Abhijat Saraswat to the podcast.Abhijat is is a Senior Director at Litera, leveraging technology to improve retention and enhance the client experience. He is also the founder of Fringe Legal, a media brand producing cutting-edge content for legal innovators.We discuss various topics including why stacking to learn can be such an effective tool - if done in the right way; how blocking time in your calendar is essential to prevent burnout; and why managing energy levels successfully can help tip the scales in your favour.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Saraswat can be found here:LinkedIn:
Water + Air Podcast Season 2
Jan 12 2022
Water + Air Podcast Season 2
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this introductory episode of the brand new second season, we take a brief look at what's coming up. We also discuss the origins of January and why it is such a great month for reflecting on the past, as well as planning for the future. Additionally, there is an exercise to help pull your focus in the right direction for 2022 and beyond.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
6 minute Recap of Season 1
Dec 23 2021
6 minute Recap of Season 1
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In the final episode of this season, we wrap up what has been a truly amazing run of shows.We take a look at some of the key highlights, including: sage advice from Howard Stupp; the importance of breathing with Katarina Hunter; and Jason Sprague showing how simple touches can solve complex problems.Enjoy, and come back for the next season. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
Jason Sprague Shares Secret On How To Make Digital Transformation Successful
Dec 15 2021
Jason Sprague Shares Secret On How To Make Digital Transformation Successful
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Jason Sprague to the podcast. Jason is Principal of Sprague & Co, an organisational transformation consultancy specialising in digital and commercial change. He has 20 years of experience designing and executing transformation in professional and legal services, infrastructure, FMCG and energy sectors.Each transformation that Jason has led has required combining people, processes, data, and technology to achieve a successful outcome. Jason began his foray into the legal sector when he founded a legal services Dot Com business in 1999 to undertake digitisation and process efficiencies in the legal practices of the Midwest of the United States. He learned that technology alone cannot sustain or expedite transformation. Instead, the organisation’s culture is the main factor in achieving successful changes, and this is supported by process and technology to improve outcomes for staff and customers alike.We discuss various topics including what Digital Transformation is within the context of legal services; why change is inevitable and should be embraced, not feared; and the ways in which it can help firms save precious time instead of spending it on formatting issues.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Sprague can be found here:LinkedIn:
How To Become a Great Leader: Parul Patel Shares The Foundation Of Leadership
Dec 1 2021
How To Become a Great Leader: Parul Patel Shares The Foundation Of Leadership
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, we discuss the foundation of leadership.Leadership can come in many shapes and forms. Look at the leaders around you - are they forward-thinking, inclusive and progressive? Or do they rely on brute force and control? Often, what helps to strengthen a position of leadership is intentional listening and can help promote true engagement amongst staff.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
Tap into Olympic Leadership Secrets for Lawyers with Howard Stupp
Nov 17 2021
Tap into Olympic Leadership Secrets for Lawyers with Howard Stupp
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Howard Stupp to the podcast.Howard is a former Olympian and former Head of Legal/Special Adviser to the International Olympic Committee from 1984 to 2020.We discuss various topics including: how to successfully build a legal department and highlighting some of the potential pitfalls to watch out for; why learning by osmosis can promote healthy growth within a team; and knowing how to make legal issues simple for non-legal departments - so that they enjoy coming back to you.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Stupp can be found here:Wikipedia:
3 Things You Need To Know To Rock Your First Management Role with Parul Patel
Nov 3 2021
3 Things You Need To Know To Rock Your First Management Role with Parul Patel
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, we discuss what happens when you've just entered a management position.We can utilise a traffic light system to help your progression into management in law - an area that frequently has its own unique challenges. Often, what helps get you to a management position isn't the same as what you need to be doing as a successful manager; why asking the right questions can clarify your role and the expectations; and how learning the art of saying 'No' can truly revolutionise your position.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
Reignite Your Natural Drive with Katarina Hunter
Oct 20 2021
Reignite Your Natural Drive with Katarina Hunter
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, I'm delighted to welcome Katarina Hunter to the podcast. Katarina is a Health Transformation and Wellbeing Coach.We discuss various topics including: why burnout is more than just a buzzword; how breathing techniques can transform your energy levels; and how what you put into your body can often dictate what you get out of it.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: Hunter can be found here:Website:
How To Establish Yourself As A Legal Business Partner with Parul Patel
Oct 6 2021
How To Establish Yourself As A Legal Business Partner with Parul Patel
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, we highlight three tips to help kickstart your journey to success.We are used to being the butt of "lawyer jokes" but that negative assumption needs to change in order to help alleviate the concerns of the client. The first step comes through self-reflection and knowing what kind of lawyer you are and want to be. The next step involves knowing your Line Managers and the expectations they have. Finally, getting to know your clients will help clarify many crucial aspects that can propel your trajectory in countless ways.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.____________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
How To Engrain Wellbeing And Inclusivity For High-Performing Legal Teams
Sep 29 2021
How To Engrain Wellbeing And Inclusivity For High-Performing Legal Teams
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this episode, we talk about maintaining high performance and achieving success - without exhaustion.Reading or listening to inspirational material can be wonderful, but it can also be hampered by the never-ending day-to-day tasks. Little sleep and long hours can often do more harm than good, so the importance of feeling fresh and well-rested is often underplayed. What can be done today to help combat that feeling of exhaustion?Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.___________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website:
Welcome to Water + Air Podcast
Sep 22 2021
Welcome to Water + Air Podcast
Welcome to the Water And Air podcast.In this very first episode, we introduce the concept behind Water and Air; talk about how the little things often produce big results and let you know what is coming in future episodes.Enjoy, and come back for the next episode. Thank you for listening.___________________________________________________________Parul Patel can be found here:Website: