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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

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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

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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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What Is Your Power Word For 2017? (Pay Attention)

It’s the beginning of a New Year. Which means you’re likely thinking about your past year and planning for the new one. You’re likely asking yourself a number of questions: What went right last year? What went wrong? How can ...

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How To Leave A Law Firm

Last week a lawyer contacted me and posed the following question: If I opened my own practice in January what are my obligations to my clients? Can I take the files with me automatically? I’m pretty close to opening my own ...

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What Is Natural Networking?

If you don’t have a book of business, you’re disposable. That’s doubly true in the current legal employment malaise. There are other ways to be indispensable — bill incredible amounts of hours, develop mastery over an esoteric area of law, have invaluable ...

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Holiday Party Small Talk

It’s that time of year again. The dreaded holiday party season. Lots of time with strangers and acquaintances you’re barely familiar with. That weird Ricky guy from HR. And you have to make small talk and interact with all of ...

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