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Choosing a Legacy

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

For the past several months I have been loosely working with a bar association exploring whether to create a mentoring program. As part of the project the bar association conducted an informal survey of newer lawyers. Many of them were interested in mentoring in general but were leery of a formal program. They wondered about whether the pairings could be done well and also of adding another commitment to already busy schedules. The bar association ultimately concluded that it could not sufficiently support a formal mentor program at this time. The specter of time and commitment from mentors and mentees looms large for many mentor relationships. Shortly after reading the final report and recommendations created by the bar association, I was finishing David Cottrell’s book, Monday Morning Choices: 12 Powerful Ways to Go From Everyday to Extraordinary. Cottrell is...

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How You Can Better Manage Your Legal Team

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

Doing a better job managing people really means taking a very deep look at how a firm is fundamentally structured. It takes tremendous will power and leadership. However, given the benefits of high functioning work cultures, I am confident the investment is worth it.

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How To Create Goals That Lead To Success

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

With so many things to juggle, lawyers need to be efficient about setting the right goals and using the best methods to meet those goals. Duhigg’s suggestions for improving our goal setting, both long term and in daily life, offer you a chance to revise the way you set goals and get things done.

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How To Be A More Focused Lawyer

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

We all can benefit for the better decisions that flow from being focused on the right things no matter how much stress heads our way.

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Building Better Teams of Lawyers

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 in Blog, Marketing, Mentoring, Professional Development

Creating and managing successful teams engages a set of skills that many lawyers must work to improve. The good news is that Duhigg has given lawyers a roadmap on how to create and manage more successful teams. As clients increasingly demand teams of lawyers, whether inside the same firm or across firms, teamwork is increasing in importance. Now is a good time to consider the ideas in Smarter, Faster, Better to see if you can be a better team leader and team member.

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Keeping Your Lawyers Motivated

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

How different would your work environment be if new lawyers were given projects with lots of freedom to make choices about accomplishing the project? Imagine if they received feedback from a mentor on how each of the choices fits within the larger case and client context? You could be helping your new lawyers develop one of the most important skills needed – self-motivation.

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Thoughts From A Recent Conference on Mentoring

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring

Over the course of two days the New Lawyers and Senior Lawyers shared discussions about what works in mentoring, the challenges to mentoring, and how to design and implement a successful mentoring program.

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How To Make Your Legal Workplace Attractive To Millennial Lawyers

Posted on May 15, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

Some ideas to make your legal workplace more attractive to millennial lawyers.

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Stop Searching For Yoda

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

The problem is that there are no Yoda’s in the real world. Too often I see newer lawyers looking for their legal Yoda. They want to find the one mentor who can do it all for them. The mentor who will teach them how to be a great lawyer, sponsor and promote them on their career path, all while encouraging them and keeping them happy and upbeat. They want to find one mentor who can excel at all four of the mentoring functions.

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Why You Are Not Just A Lawyer

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 in Mentoring, Professional Development, Uncategorized

I am not just a lawyer. Neither are you. The sooner you realize that the faster you can move towards your own professional success. The reality is that most attorneys are not only lawyers; they are entrepreneurs as well.

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