New Year Resolution: Be Proactive in Your Choices

I am not a big fan of New Year ­resolutions. Turning the calendar page from December to January does not make one eager or ready to change long-standing habits and disillusionment often follows. But there is a year-end tradition that is both reflective and proactive—taking inventory of your world with an eye toward what is working, what you want more of and less of in your life and letting go of any perceived or real failures once you have gathered whatever gems they have to offer in the way of opportunity and awareness. You can take stock and start the [...]

By | 2016-12-28T15:02:54+00:00 December 21, 2016|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , , |

Do Not Underestimate Your Own Power in Your Career

Do Not Underestimate Your Own Power in Your Career What do you do when you need a little inspiration? A nudge to get you going? Reassurance that you can make it work? Affirmation that you are enough? Arianna Huffington said at the 2012 Pennsylvania Conference for Women that "if anybody here thinks that maybe they are too small to be effective, all I have to say is that you have not spent a night in bed with a mosquito. Nobody is too small to be effective." I was in the audience and have since listened to that speech [...]

Young Lawyers Can Benefit From a Good Mentor Relationship

During this country's infancy, lawyers were educated and trained for the profession not by attending law school, but through an apprenticeship with a practicing attorney. At the start of the 19th century, a college degree was not required for bar admission and 68 percent of Philadelphia lawyers were college graduates at that time, according to A. Christopher Bryant in an article for the Nevada Law Journal titled, "Reading the Law in the Office of Calvin Fletcher: The Apprenticeship System and the Practice of Law in Frontier Indiana," which explores the apprenticeship system. By the end of that century, university law [...]

By | 2016-05-28T18:11:05+00:00 December 2, 2015|Categories: Executive Coaching, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , |

Tips for Developing Self-Confidence So You Can Flourish

Last month, I wrote about the rising recognition of emotional intelligence as a key factor in successful leadership using the new movie "Inside Out" to illustrate points about anger and self-management. Now, I turn to "The Sound of Music" for an assist in addressing another competency of emotional intelligence: self-confidence. In the movie, young novice Maria tentatively begins her journey to be governess to seven children. She has no experience and is forced to leave everything she knows. In the song "I Have Confidence," Maria sets her intention for how to handle the new situation, telling herself that she will [...]

By | 2016-05-28T22:44:01+00:00 August 27, 2015|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , , |

How to Have a More Successful Career by Knowing Yourself

As Joseph Campbell said, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." It is never too early or late to discern preferences, natural talent and hone in on areas of innate ability. Whether you are a student, young professional or someone who mentors, teaches or coaches, pay attention to essential inclinations. They tell the story of who we are and what we should be doing. It may be very different from what your parents, bosses and intellect say, but since you cannot change your temperament, it is a much better strategy to work with it. Temperament theory has [...]

By | 2016-06-01T16:44:11+00:00 February 19, 2015|Categories: Life Coaching, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , |

Bouncing Back Is a Key Component of Success

"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela April 10 is a big day for historical accomplishments. On this day in 1866, The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was formed. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in Major League baseball and in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tested the polio vaccine. In each instance, there was a time when these achievements were inconceivable. As Jimmy Fallon exclaimed recently on the final night of his late-night show, "Five years ago, this didn't exist!" Now, his trademark late-night hashtags, thank-you notes and musical parodies are part [...]

By | 2016-06-03T14:39:04+00:00 March 11, 2014|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , |

Lost and Found

On Friday, November 1, 2013, 7,000 women poured into the Pennsylvania Convention Center to explore the "power of possibilities" at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The day undulated with questions, the answers some women found, and steps others began to take toward finding their own. Financial wizard Sallie Krawcheck lost her job in a very public manner and found the resilience to say "look at me, I’m on the front page of the New York Times" and move forward. Author Tory Johnson lost 60 pounds and found a happier life. She told conference attendees "Don't underestimate what you [...]

By | 2016-06-03T16:19:43+00:00 November 1, 2013|Categories: International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , , |