For more than 35 years, Sandberg Phoenix has maintained a reputation for providing extraordinary client services, backed by a guarantee that was among the first of its kind in St. Louis. In 2015, Sandberg Phoenix rolled out a comprehensive initiative that took the core values of the firm and developed them into a philosophy that drives the way each member interacts with clients and with one another on a daily basis. We live these values and integrate them into hiring, training, evaluation and marketing and communications to ensure that we achieve our aspirations of providing the best client service in the legal industry.
Our firm values are:
1. Put People First
At Sandberg Phoenix we are in the business of people. People are our product. People are our customers. Taking care of People is what we do and we set the example by putting our members first. That means providing better benefits, providing better training, taking more time and caring more about our people than any other law firm. Why? That is exactly what we expect of our members when we serve our clients. We set the example. We can’t ask our members to put our clients first if we don’t do the same for them.
2. Deliver Amazing Client Service
Sandberg Phoenix is client service. It is our passion. We strive to provide more than asked, earlier than requested and better than imagined. We “wow” our clients daily.
3. Exemplify Unquestionable Integrity in all You Do
Our word is our bond. We act at all times as if the client, the court and our members are watching. When it comes to Integrity, there is only one way.
4. Build a Fun and Enjoyable Work Environment
Our subspecialty is fun: We love what we do and we have fun doing it. We know that enjoying our work, team, and environment leads to happier people, better service and satisfied clients.
5. Pursue Continuous Development and Learning
We push ourselves to improve every day. We attract and retain talent not based upon what they have accomplished, but upon what they will accomplish. We have an insatiable drive to become better every day and to never stop learning and improving.
6. Invest and Improve the Communities We Serve
We can’t do it alone and neither can the communities we serve. We believe in continuous improvement for ourselves and our communities so we invest our time, talent and dollars to help our neighbors and neighborhoods.
7. Build a Positive Team and Collaborative Environment
We think team first. We serve our clients and members best when we collaborate as a team. Building a positive team and collaborative environment requires three ingredients: Team, Collaboration and Positive attitude. Teamwork improves results, strengthens the firm and is essential to helping our clients succeed.
8. Take Personal Responsibility
Each of us takes personal responsibility of process, product and results. As Harry Truman said, “The buck stops here.” Well, the “buck stops here” with each of us every day. We own our work and our actions.
9. Treat Everyone with the Highest Degree of Respect and Empathy
We expect our people to treat everyone they meet with respect and empathy. We seek to understand and truly appreciate the best of everyone we encounter.
10. Deliver Value and Excellence to Client and Firm
Each of us must deliver excellence and value to our clients and the firm. We keep our standards at the top and our eye on the bottom line.
To celebrate individuals who live our firm values, Sandberg Phoenix recognizes one individual every other month who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities to make this a great place to work. Our current values champion and their contribution is below.
Nominated by Amy Noll and Mary Jennings
Christine never ceases to amaze me in her new role here in Clayton as our Office Manager. She is always fair, impartial and takes great pride in providing a high level of service to meet the needs of the clients and the staff. She tackled an enormous task with the move of the Des Peres folks without falter. Her drive and initiative astound me. There is no question or issue at hand that she does not address immediately, and where there is no immediate answer, there is always a follow-up answer. She strives to make people feel important and treats everyone as a member of the team. She has a great passion for leadership, and she does it with grace and style.
Christine Crowley is a Values Champion. Since assuming the role as Clayton Office Manager, Christine has been non-stop and wears many hats in her new role.
Christine not only jumped in through the transition of our IP members, but soared through the expansion of our Clayton office. Keep in mind, Christine took on all new responsibilities, which were out of her comfort zone.
During her first couple of weeks, Christine was truly tested. The kitchen flooded, not only once but twice, and she came in on a Sunday to clean up the water and make sure the kitchen was ready for the next working day. She also let the landlord know that wasn’t going to happen again! Christine did roundtrips nearly daily from Clayton to Des Peres back to Clayton without the use of Uber. She made sure she was supporting her team in Clayton and went above and beyond to make sure she was supporting our new team in Des Peres. Christine took on the role as traveling trainer and was a back-up to Tracy in training and mentoring 15+ new members. She recently co-led the move from Des Peres to Clayton. She worked closely with the building and the contractors and definitely earned a certification in construction management!
Christine has demonstrated putting people first by making each one of our new members feel welcome while balancing the workflow within two offices. After the Clayton move, Christine hosted a welcome breakfast and sent a handwritten note thanking members for their cooperation during the move. Christine works each day on building a collaborative team and taking responsibility for the Clayton office. Christine has demonstrated the ability to stretch her skills and continues to learn and develop her new skills. Finally, Christine offers amazing internal client service. Christine has exceeded my expectations in her new role.
Our members are committed to living our values and spreading awareness across the firm. In that vein, members have written, directed and starred in videos depicting some situations where we have excelled at our goals, as well as some humorous scenarios where we would not! Take a look on the Sandberg Phoenix YouTube Page.