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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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A Nasty But Effective Negotiation Strategy

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Being an effective negotiator is an incredibly important aspect of being a lawyer. Whether it be a contract ...

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

I was out of town recently and stopped in at a gym I had never been to before. It’s always an interesting experience to be in a new gym for the first time. Beyond just learning the layout of the ...

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You Should Cut Down A Tree

Over the Labor Day weekend, I labored. Particularly, I cut down a tree, by hand, with an ax. I’d wager that less than 5% of the people who read this blog have ever cut down a tree. I recommend it. ...

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How To Build A Life Of Excellence (Part 4)

At the beginning of this series I introduced five core questions that can steer you towards high performance and self-management: What Are My Strengths? How Do I Work? What Are My Values? Where Do I Belong? What Can I Contribute? Learning your answers to these question ...

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