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Your Personal Brand And Your Professional Reputation

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog, Marketing, Mentoring, Professional Development

Great mentors are mindful of the advice of St. Francis DeSalles that the mentee must, “Be you and be that well.”

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What I Read In 2017

Posted on Jan 7, 2018 in Blog, Professional Development

I am a big believer in the importance of reading. I like to mix reading fiction and nonfiction and I find that both help foster my own creativity. Here is my list of books that I finished in 2017.

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Why You Should Find A Good Passion Project

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

There is a good argument to be made that these passion projects keep you balanced as a person and will, therefore, make you a better lawyer. But, honestly, I don’t think it matters if your passion project makes you a better lawyer. What matters is whether it makes you a better person.

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Learn To Say No

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

No is seldom easy, but it is immensely powerful. Mastering “no” is the first step to taking greater control over your life and your career.

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The Most Effective Way to Have Your Concerns Heard

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Blog, Marketing, Mentoring, Professional Development

How you raise your complaints may have a huge impact on whether they get addressed. You cannot assume that leaders understand your commitment to the organization when you raise your concerns. Making that commitment clear has a huge impact on how firm leaders are likely to respond.

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Why The Annoying Complainer in Your Organization Might Be Your Most Valuable Asset

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Blog, Mentoring, Professional Development

The next time someone comes to you with a complaint, you might want to embrace the hidden value in that complaint. The person doing the complaining is probably someone who really cares about your organization, believes she can make it better, and is committed to helping you. Whether you end up fixing the complaint or not, those are employees worth keeping.

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Invest Your Time In A Career That Is Meaningful

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

As you plan your path to the legal job of your dreams, work hard, but keep in mind that there are no guarantees. Take time to be sure that your path is as filled with meaning as your destination.

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Could Computers Soon Replace Lawyers?

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 in Blog, Marketing, Professional Development

I have no idea what the next ten years holds for our profession but I think we should all be asking these questions. Innovation and disruption seem, ironically enough, to be the only constants in our world these days. The smartest lawyers will be those who constantly ask themselves, “what if?” not those who blindly assume that what they bill for now will still be available in five years.

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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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