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A Criticism of Cynicism

That’s the classical etymological origin of the word cynic. Today most people define cynicism as an attitude or state of mind characterized by a general distrust of others’ motives.1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynicism_(contemporary). And if you spend much time paying attention to current events, a cynical posture is ...

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W.A.I.T.

w.a.i.t. why am i talking

I’ve always been amazed at people who are good listeners. I have a friend who is an amazing listener. When you’re speaking with him – it’s not a back and forth volley of conversation. He’s not waiting for his chance ...

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Benefits Of The Bar

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This past week I attended the Alabama State Bar’s Annual Meeting and Conference. I was invited to come down and speak about The Twitters social media. There’s a full house at @associatesmind ‘s social media presentation at the #asb17 pic.twitter.com/DfMjd8MW07 ...

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Success: Reputation & Relationships

A three hour dinner at a steakhouse. Back and forth regarding mediator selection at Reddit. Exchanging Facebook messages regarding contract negotiations in Dallas. I wrote about the steakhouse experience at Above The Law back in the day. Myself and a few lawyers around ...

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How To Get Disbarred In 5 Easy Steps!

With some regularity, some pretty funny stuff occurs in the legal world. Like the time I found the best courtroom transcript of all time. THIS IS THE BEST COURTROOM TRANSCRIPT OF ALL TIME. https://t.co/Vb4C3qXg2x pic.twitter.com/ZvII3Z6JUa — Keith Lee (@associatesmind) June 22, ...

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Character And Client Service

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What does it take to stand out and be successful as a lawyer? Law schools place a heavy emphasis on the technical aspects of being a lawyer. Critical thinking, analysis, drafting, etc. For many new lawyers this emphasis carries over with ...

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Don’t Run From Difficult Situations, Seek Them Out

encourage conflict

Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., famed chairman of General Motors in its heyday, has been attributed with saying the following at a top committee meeting: ‘Gentlemen, I take it we are all in complete agreement on the decision here.’ Everyone around ...

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Press The Reset Button

press the reset button

This weekend, my family and I went to our gym like we usually do. We belong to a club call Life Time Fitness. Huge place, great equipment, layout, services, etc. My son loves it, they have a huge kids area. As we’re heading ...

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Career Planning For Associates

Career Planning For Associates

What, precisely, is going to make you special (or even more special) in the marketplace over the next few years? Would you like to develop a specialized expertise in a particular technical area, in certain types of transaction, in the ...

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