The ‘Philly Special’: A Lesson in Leadership, Teamwork

On the field of life, leadership and team work look a lot like they do on the field of sports. It's all about creating a culture where diverse opinions are actively encouraged, dialogue is ongoing and no idea is ridiculous. On the field of life, leadership and teamwork look a lot like they do on the field of sports. It's all about creating a culture where diverse opinions are actively encouraged, dialogue is ongoing and no idea is ridiculous. This is especially true when intense competition drives the need for innovation, which by its nature involves risk. Trying novel approaches [...]

By | 2018-02-22T12:16:29+00:00 February 21, 2018|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Secret to Success: Your Business Needs a Purpose and a Plan

Are you looking for ways to simplify decision-making for your business or your life? Instead of agonizing endlessly, would you prefer having standards that automatically and organically eliminate some options while highlighting the efficacy and appeal of others? Do you know where your business is headed or are you focused on making the next payroll? The secret to success in this arena is having a purpose and a plan. Your decisions will become easier when you have a mission statement and strategy for your business and your life. In "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Stephen Covey wrote about [...]

Grit: The Secret Ingredient of Success in Your Career and Beyond

The first time I heard the word "grit" was in the title of a 1969 movie, “True Grit,” the story of 14-year-old Mattie Ross, who hires Rooster Cogburn, a tough, aging, alcoholic U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer and goes with him on the quest. Set in Arkansas circa 1873, they journey to Oklahoma to find their man, and encounter significant obstacles along the way. Mattie Ross has been described as stubborn, headstrong, determined, willful, courageous and independent. While she hires Cogburn because "they tell me you're a man with true grit," her character demonstrates her own grit [...]

By | 2018-01-19T15:00:20+00:00 November 30, 2017|Categories: The Huffington Post, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , , |

Visualize a Path to Action to Achieve Your Goals

How do you decide what to pay attention to in a world where an onslaught of images and messages is constantly delivered by way of a myriad of devices along with an ongoing scan of ­in-person threats, opportunities and attractions our brains must prioritize every ­second? How do you maneuver around the minutiae of everyday life and keep your focus trained on aspirations and ­achievement? One answer is to train your brain to navigate past the noise and focus on what is important. Our brains are wired to filter information through the "reticular activating system (RAS)," located in the brain stem [...]

How Personality Assessments Can Help Your Career

How Personality Assessments Can Help Your Career I have often said that I didn't begin to know myself until I was in my 30's and by then was already a litigator. An unhappy one. I chose to hang on and gut it out, confident that I could overcome my ­distaste for battle and learn to love litigation. Changing firms only served to cement my sense that I was in the wrong field because no matter how nice the people I worked with were, my feelings about the work did not transform. I marveled at litigators who reveled in [...]

By | 2017-02-28T21:14:48+00:00 February 27, 2017|Categories: The Huffington Post, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , , |

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: , , , , , |

The Thrill and Adventure of Working at a Startup

What's next on your bucket list ­professionally? Do you ever think of starting your own ­business or joining a startup? Working for a new enterprise can be exhilarating, especially when you prepare yourself. How do you do that? By surrendering to the fact that growth requires change, so nothing stays the same, and recognizing opportunities to be better, even if you have to quickly override your own decisions. When a business starts at ground zero, initial growth is ­exponential, requiring resilience and constant adaptation to the demands of it. Before doing it, I recommend a ­hard-nosed, clear-eyed assessment of your [...]

By | 2016-09-22T19:58:36+00:00 September 22, 2016|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , , , |

Multitasking Is Not an Effective Way to Work

I distinctly recall the first time I heard the word multitasking. It was in the late 1990s and I was in a colleague's office for a meeting. She was sitting behind her desk and I was in a chair facing her. As we talked, she began to straighten up, ­picking up papers and glancing at them before ­assembling them in neat stacks. I asked if she would prefer I come back to which she replied, "No, no, I'm just multitasking." Given the context, I was able to deduce the essence of the word, if not the precise definition. Setting aside [...]

Transform Your Leadership Skills Through ‘Crucial Conversations’

Do you dread and procrastinate initiating discussions when you think others will respond negatively to what you have to say? Are you hesitant to voice an opinion because you presume negative consequences? Practicing law, by its very nature, requires a facility for difficult conversations with clients, witnesses, supervisors, direct-reports and judges where outcomes can be greatly influenced by developing skills in handling conflict. This is at the heart of "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High," by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. The methods described in this book are invaluable in any profession [...]

By | 2016-06-03T16:27:22+00:00 February 18, 2016|Categories: Career Coaching, Executive Coaching, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , |

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: , , |