How to Handle Professional Setbacks and Move Forward

How to Handle Professional Setbacks and Move Forward It feels like 1994 all over again as the world revisits the O.J. Simpson criminal trial in the television series "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story." The often poignant series chronicles the case focusing primarily on the lawyers who tried it. I was a litigation attorney during this period and vividly remember flash points from the news of the murders on June 12, 1994, to the Ford Bronco low-speed car chase, to the verdict on Oct. 3, 1995, when all of the employees at my firm gathered in [...]

Strategies for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

When I think of a brand new year, I envision a beautiful, tranquil lake, so still that it mirrors everything surrounding it. Nothing has happened yet to disturb or disrupt that peaceful surface. Our actions are like pebbles thrown into the lake that ripple out, changing the reflection in the mirror and rearranging the landscape in expected and surprising ways. The new year is a natural time to reflect. And many people make resolutions. Each January, membership at my gym swells beyond normal limits as new members seek to shrink and tone. The influx of new members, however, is generally [...]

By | 2016-06-03T16:35:36+00:00 January 28, 2016|Categories: Coaching, Life Coaching, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , |

The Power of an Hour – Part II (This Time it’s Personal)

Power of the Hour I have a confession to make. The "before" picture you see above (left) is not a stock image found on the internet by searching "clutter." It is a room in my own house that my husband and I dubbed "the Overbrook room." We named it after we moved and dumped everything that we weren't using from our prior home (in Overbrook) into a room in the basement. Then, we basically forgot about it. For 10 years. We only entered the room when some other item we didn't know where to put found its way [...]

By | 2016-06-01T16:31:21+00:00 April 12, 2015|Categories: Coaching, Life Coaching|Tags: , , |

How to Change Your Life at Any Age

A common refrain from clients is that it's too late to alter the direction of their lives, as though our course is set and deviation simply not possible. This is a usually false premise and the opposite is true—it is not too late to significantly improve your career and life. Nelson Mandela is a shining inspiration. Released from prison at age 72, he became the first black president of South Africa, won the Nobel Peace Prize, re-married and so much more. There are many examples of second and third chapters in life, including Grandma Moses, who began her painting career [...]

Channeling Tim Gunn: How Fashion’s Favorite Mentor Models Coaching Practices

Using skills identified through the ICF Core Competencies, coaches employ a variety of techniques to motivate our clients to excel and, in turn, find our own inspiration in art, literature, poetry, philosophy, and from entertainers of all kinds. I find inspiration watching "Project Runway" where fashion consultant Tim Gunn demonstrates many of the competencies a professional coach must have, although he is a mentor and not a certified coach. On Project Runway, fashion designers compete for a coveted spot at New York's Fashion Week. Each week, contestants must impress host Heidi Klum and three other judges, who are all fashion [...]

By | 2016-05-27T20:53:43+00:00 May 1, 2013|Categories: Coaching, International Coach Federation, Life Coaching|Tags: , |

Mad Man Wants to Change

Coaches are often asked what the difference is between coaching and therapy. Illustrations can illuminate ideas more readily than explanations, and examples are readily found in popular culture. The new season of Mad Men opened on New Year's eve where we find lead character Don Draper sneaking off to cheat on his wife. His lover, who is also married, asks him what he wants in the New Year. "I want to stop doing this," he says. "I want to stop" and "I want to start" are clarion calls for coaches. They are our starting shot, our battle cry. From that [...]

By | 2016-05-27T20:40:54+00:00 April 23, 2013|Categories: Coaching, International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , |

A Coach Goes To Court

The intersection of a dual career - coaching and practicing law -was experienced dramatically when I argued a case before the Commonwealth's highest court; the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Lawyers train for argument before this court as athletes prepare for the Olympics. Despite receiving notice of the assignment only a month before the appointed day, like most lawyers, I was essentially training for it throughout the course of my twenty year career in law. I had one month to read the relevant cases, of which there were many, read the briefs, of which there were many, and then craft and rehearse [...]