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Client Relations

Put Something Paperless in the Holiday Post

By | Sep.16.15 | 0 Comments

Holiday e-card

As the holidays approach, a smart lawyer begins to ponder greeting cards for clients and contacts. This year, an electronic greeting may be your best bet to impress without spending a bundle.

Don’t worry, it’s no longer considered tacky to send something electronic instead of an ink and paper greeting. And while there are some gorgeous custom e-cards out there, you don’t have to invest a lot to make a great impression. Take a look at some of these online options. … READ THE REST

Getting Ahead

How Does a Lawyer Find a Sponsor? 

By | Sep.15.15 | 1 Comment

Hand Up Stars

Every lawyer can use a hand up, especially when it comes to navigating the unwritten rules of making partner or stepping into a leadership role. Sponsorship by someone with more seniority can make a difference in a career — particularly for a woman. But that begs the question, how exactly do you go about finding a sponsor? It so happens that we have an excellent source with the answers. Ida Abbott is the author of “Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know” and a well-known expert in developing talent in the law firm environment. If you want to get ahead, take her advice: Find a sponsor.

Five Good Suggestions for Finding a Sponsor. An ambitious woman needs a special kind of mentor who serves as a champion or sponsor. A sponsor is a strong advocate who has power and influence to make that advocacy produce positive career results for you. A sponsor endorses your qualifications and takes risks on your behalf … READ THE REST

Nothing But the Ruth!

Starting the Day on a Happy Foot

By | Sep.14.15 | 0 Comments

Nothing But the Ruth

Earlier this year, I listened to an episode of the podcast “Invisible Office Hours,” where the hosts, entrepreneurs Paul Jarvis and Jason Zook, shared their morning routines. They don’t begin their days by checking email and jumping on client work but by enjoying their coffee, reading Calvin and Hobbes, and watching the sunrise. According to them, their morning routines allow them to be less stressed and more creative, and more effective as business owners.

My typical day starts with waking up to a blaring alarm clock and strong coffee, followed by checking email, social media and walking the dog. I’m the stereotypical stressed lawyer when it comes to how I start my day, but I know that others take a different approach. What is it that they do when they wake?

It took some searching, but I found a few lawyers with nontraditional morning routines. … READ THE REST

The Friday Five

Five Healthy Ways to Relax

By | Sep.11.15 | 0 Comments


“Relax: re·lax (rəˈlaks/) v. make or become less tense or anxious.” Being tense and anxious can make you worried, uneasy, irritable, exhausted and even susceptible to illness, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, gastrointestinal ailments and depression. And, as we all know, being a lawyer is stressful and can make you unhappy.

So, We Must Learn to Relax. Clearly, relaxation is good for you. The benefits of lessening tension and anxiety are enormous. It makes you think more clearly, work more efficiently, handle stress better, and live as a nicer, happier and healthier person. Of course, a two-week vacation with no responsibilities and no calls from the office would be great. But be serious, that in itself would be stressful. What would be happening back at the office?!? A better idea is finding ways to relax, to rejuvenate both mind and body, with small amounts of time.

Here are five ways to take a “mini-vacation” with minimal time. … READ THE REST

Ethics in Practice

The Lesson of the Ashley Madison Hack: Should You Care?

By | Sep.10.15 | 0 Comments

Hacker © iStock - Agustinc

I am going to assume that you, dear reader, had no personal information leaked as a result of the Ashley Madison hack. You may have been curious — after all, who didn’t wonder whether they would recognize someone on the list? But let’s set that aside, too. With worry and curiosity off the table, I suspect many of you think this story is yesterday’s news. I beg to differ.

This hack caught my attention because of the emotional response so many seemed to have. Don’t minimize what happened here because, in my opinion, it impacts every lawyer in active practice. … READ THE REST


Honing Your Humility: An Antidote for Big Egos

By | Sep.09.15 | 0 Comments


I often begin leadership workshops by asking this question: What do you most look for and admire in a leader, someone whose direction you would willingly follow? What one word would you use to describe him or her?

I’ve received hundreds of responses, including “Honest,” “Smart,” “Caring,” “Supportive,” “Fair” and “Inspiring.”

“Humble” often hits the top 10.

“Big ego” never makes the list. … READ THE REST