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: , , , , , |

Mastering the Art of Career Transitions

Brenda was 57 years old when she was suddenly laid off from a major Philadelphia law firm in 2011 after 20 years. This is the story of how she learned the new terrain of seeking employment, repackaged herself and how you can too. The first thing Brenda did was spend "a month on the couch." She was shocked, devastated and describes it as "losing a chunk of identity." She doubted her worth as a professional. This was not wasted time, but a necessary recharging period that pays off when you get ready to go for it. It may be important [...]

By | 2016-06-01T17:32:38+00:00 September 11, 2014|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , |

Emotional Preparation Leads to Better Results

In the daily life of a lawyer, events are scheduled that require varying degrees of preparation. Going to court, conducting a negotiation or mediation, interviewing a prospect, meeting with a boss or employee about performance and successfully marketing your services all require attention to detail. Every lawyer has an approach to the technical/action side of the task and focuses on effective, proficient preparation. Perhaps a checklist outlining areas to research, documents to review, or bullet points for discussion will be created in the process. An element that is often ignored and can greatly improve outcomes is emotional preparation. We are, [...]

By | 2016-06-01T17:51:22+00:00 July 10, 2014|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , |

Ask a Coach: How to approach a job interview

Q: I am starting to interview for jobs after just graduating from college. Can you give me a quick list of essential do’s and don’ts when interviewing? Dear Client, Congratulations on being selected for a job interview. I believe that anyone who can get an interview can also get the job. You have already passed muster on paper. Your qualifications are attractive and now the employer is interested in meeting you to observe how you handle yourself, answer questions and to see what your personality is like. Time is precious so be sure to prepare for the interview. Look at [...]

By | 2016-05-27T20:14:15+00:00 February 22, 2013|Categories: Career Coaching, Philadelphia Business Journal|Tags: , |