Mentors, Mentees and What to Wear for a Successful Career

I reconnected with an early mentor recently when an old piece of business brought us back together again. At the time we worked together, I appreciated his guidance—he showed me how to improve my writing, cross-examine an expert witness, pick juries and so much more. In hindsight, my gratitude has deepened. Like an invisible hand, he continued to guide me through situations that occurred long after we ceased working together. With great mentors, you can access their advice in many instances without even asking because their philosophies and logic are so deeply embedded. The night before our first jury trial [...]

Apply Lessons Learned at the Gym to Your Career

In many ways, the gym is a microcosm of work, family and life. The way you interact while working out can have a big impact on your personal and professional life. Here are some things I’ve learned at the gym: You Get Better With Practice This may evoke a “duh” response, but in my practice as a coach, I have seen many young professionals refuse to accept where they are and hope to skip ahead. But, you don’t become a veteran overnight. You have to be a grasshopper before you become a Kung Fu master. Professional achievement and skill development [...]

Pro Bono Work: Helping You Gain Skills While Doing the Right Thing

October is pro bono month and the Pennsylvania Bar Association will observe the National Celebration of Pro Bono Week from Oct. 21-27. The Rules of Professional Conduct encourage, but do not require, attorneys to offer pro bono representation or to financially support organizations that do. Why else might you do pro bono work? To answer that, I went to the experts—accomplished attorneys who have also made a name for themselves as volunteers. When asked why pro bono, their answers had a few themes: it’s the right thing to do, it accelerates your training, and makes you feel great. Charles Eppolito [...]

Those Habits That Are Working Against You Need to Go—For Good

Did you ever stop to think that our daily actions are a simply a collection of habits formed at various stages of our lives and rarely, if ever, re-examined to see if they are working for or against us? At the heart of most achievement is habit change. Whatever your goal—to make more money, get more clients, improve productivity, etc.—habits that protect that status quo must change. In a recent coaching session with an attorney, he recited the reasons he did not accomplish one of his prime goals—getting to the gym. I asked whether he ever decides to skip brushing [...]

From Piles to Files-How Getting Organized Can Transform Your Business

Recently, I was on the phone with a fellow coach who asked about my personality type from an assessment taken in the past. I didn't recall, so while still on the call, I quietly walked over to my filing cabinet and pulled out a folder labeled "my assessments." The conversation continued organically as we found commonalities in our personality types. When I started my coaching business, the conversation would have gone a completely different way because I could never have located that file so fast. I might have said, "gee, I don't remember, that was years ago...I would have to [...]

Networking: Why Is It So Important and Can You Get Better at It?

Networking has been defined as "a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest." That doesn't sound so bad, does it? Support? Sharing? Interests in common? Why then, do so many professionals shudder at the very mention of the word? And is networking that important? Are there ways to get better at it? To get answers to these burning questions, I turned to attorney Jennifer Lynn Robinson, CEO and founder of "Purposeful Networking," a speaker and networking trainer who presented at a recent event hosted by Women Owned Law at Post & Schell [...]

Cycling Through Life’s Career Highs, Lows and Uncertain Times

You know the feeling—you just got a new job, client or case and you're all charged up. Ignited by the challenge, you are optimistic, goal oriented, focused and excited. During a phase like this, you are unstoppable and always looking for what's next. But, what happens when that feeling abates? When the opportunity is no longer new and the exiting aspects have given way to feelings of disenchantment? It turns out that all through our lives we are always moving through a cycle of renewal, according to Frederic M. Hudson, an author and thought leader in the field of managing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]