The holidays are behind us and thankfully, 2008 is over. If you are returning to your office after a nice break, it is time to set some new career and personal goals. If you are trying to decide what some of your goals should be, a senior associate at Jenner & Block, Kathryn Newman, has … Read more
Life at the Bar linked to this interesting post by Doug Constant. I am always intrigued when I receive reminders to live in the moment as I’m always two steps ahead. This is a real problem area for me. I am ALWAYS thinking of my “to do list” or the next entry on my personal … Read more
There are many secrets to success. They are as plentiful and as numerous as the sands under the sea. Some are easily discovered through diligence and creativity, some by meeting with others we consider more successful than ourselves, some by paying to see specialists, and some by scaling lofty mountains and seeking our gurus. But … Read more
Just before the New Year, Ellen Ostrow had a great piece on change. She discusses some of the barriers we all have to making change and talks about the importance of confronting our resistance to change. When you choose to â€œnot rock the boatâ€ you stop growing personally. Inaction leads to stagnation. Your internal voice … Read more
As the New Year approaches and we begin to think about our goals for 2007, some of us may want to think about hiring a professional to help us reach those goals. Julie Flemming Brown (Life at the Bar) links to a good article in the Texas Bar Journal. Several years ago, I wrote a … Read more
Ellen Ostrow offers her thoughts on how working with a coach can help lawyers achieve better work/life balance. Her interview appears on the website www.lawyerswithalife.com .
Are lawyers risk averse by nature or through conditioning? Maybe a little of both. If you spend your day identifying risks for clients, it is only natural that you might become somewhat risk averse yourself. By the same token, risk averse individuals may be more likely to choose law as a profession (or at least … Read more
My colleague, Dan Binstock, writes about use of coaching at Arnold & Porter in D.C. Clearly, we have a national trend here. I agree with Dan. Firms that take this approach seriously will be rewarded with better associate retention and more success in the lateral hiring market place.
California reports that a growing number of law firms are turning to both internal and external coaches to help lawyers learn business development skills, client relations skills and management skills. The article leaves out a parallel trend (i.e. that some lawyers do not want their firms to know they are working with a coach and … Read more