Want to Make a Significant Career Shift in 2020? Find your Bridge

If 2020 is the year that you plan to make a significant career change, then figure out the bridge you need to take to get you where you want to go.  Employers generally hire candidates who already have specific experience. Most firms and most corporations are not looking to train lateral hires.

That doesn’t mean you are eternally trapped doing the same kind of legal work you have been doing for the past five years.  I’ve seen many lawyers make dramatic shifts

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How Coaching Can Advance Your Career Success and Happiness

How can coaching help attorneys find more career success and happiness? Ask Beth J. Masterman of Masterman Executive Coaching! I interview Beth in the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast (find it wherever you listen to podcasts or visit the podcast homepage) Beth provides a great overview of what coaching is, how it works, what issues are suitable for coaching, how to find a coach, etc.  I recently reconnected with Beth at Provisors , a great business networking group I joined this past Spring and she has been very generous in helping me rethink my own coaching practice. No surprise that she was named Number One Executive Coach by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. legalcareers executivecoaching lawyers

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From Litigation to Public Service to Government Affairs with Former U.S. Senator Mo Cowan

In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, I welcome former U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan.  Mo currently serves as President, Global Government Affairs and Policy for General Electric.  In my interview, he talks about his journey from the practice of law to public service and into government affairs. 

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Is Your Career Like a Canoe Trip or Whitewater Rafting?

Family white water rafting Clear Creek Idago Springs, Colorado August 10, 2016Is your legal career like a canoe ride across a lake or like a whitewater rafting trip? In my latest podcast, I speak with Jose Sierra a partner at Holland and Knight who has done it all (Clerked in 5th Circuit, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for two pharmaceutical companies, and worked at small, mid-sized and large law firms).

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Trying to Make a Difficult Change? Tell Everyone!

The New Year has just passed and if you are like most professionals, you probably made a few New Year’s resolutions.  Maybe you decided to make some personal changes in your life (lose weight, get in shape, visit your parents more often); or maybe you have some new professional goals (do a better job of … Read more

Career Happiness Comes through Trial and Error

"The only thing to fear is fear itself"
“The only thing to fear is fear itself”

It is no secret that lawyers as a group are an unhappy lot.  I could give my own explanation for this but today, after we have just sworn in a President who is starting a new career, I thought I would share a few thoughts about career changes and career happiness (I’ll save my political comments for Facebook).

Once upon a time (i.e. back in the 1980’s when I was coming into the workforce), career professionals were quick to tell college students to follow their passions.  The idea was to identify a career that inspired you and that was consistent with your skills and vocational interests.  If you followed this path, career success was sure to follow.

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