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Well-Being

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Urgent versus Important: Where Should You Focus?

Much time is wasted by our inability to focus our attention and effort on what is truly important. Whether due to distractions (email alerts, shiny objects, interruptions), difficulty prioritizing or basing decisions on how we feel (physically ...

Shawn Healy - May 14, 2018
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Busy Lawyers Must Learn to Say No

There's a saying that goes, “If you want something done, ask the busiest person in the room.” Many of us have been that person at one time or another or felt a pang of guilt or envy because we weren’t. As lawyers, we are expected to burn the ...

Zachary Horn - May 9, 2018
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Technology Can Be Your Ticket to a Profitable, Well-Balanced Law Practice (Or Not)

Technology can be your ticket to a successful, profitable practice — or it can be a debilitating nightmare. Choosing and using technology well is essential to an efficient, growing practice with satisfied clients, a happy team — and a ...

Dustin Cole - May 8, 2018
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Confronting Lawyer Turnover in Law Firms

Turnover in law firms, especially with young lawyers, is at its highest level ever. Nothing law firms have done to date has reversed this trend and the damage to firms is almost unfathomable. Thanks to turnover, the top 400 law firms lose ...

Link Christin - May 2, 2018
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Five Traits of Great Lawyers

What makes a great lawyer? Is it intelligence, good people skills, effective writing? Of course, we must have a certain level of intelligence and motivation, along with experience and opportunities. But the truth is, the traits that transform a ...

Jamie Spannhake - April 20, 2018
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Self-Publishing Takes More Than One Self

Self-publishing isn’t “self” publishing. It’s a misnomer, really. The word “self” in self-publishing gives the impression that an author can publish a book on his or her own with no input or help from others. Sure, it’s true that with the ...

Tatia Gordon-Troy - April 13, 2018
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Lawyers’ Struggle for Work-Life Balance: Managing Your Business

In "Why Lawyers Really Struggle with Work-Life Balance," I listed six steps to building a practice that runs smoothly and allows you to have a life: 1) acquire better management skills; 2) implement better technology; 3) create and install ...

Dustin Cole - April 3, 2018
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Why Lawyers Really Struggle for Work-Life Balance

The path to better work-life balance starts with refusing to accept “this is the way we’ve always done it, ” or “that's just what it takes to have a successful practice.” It starts with asking: “How can we do things differently so I can have my ...

Dustin Cole - February 28, 2018
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How Do You Combat Mental Gremlins?

I have a group of mental gremlins that live in my head. Other people I know call their gremlins “the girls” or “the committee.” These are the voices in my head that tell me I suck at everything. Do you have a name for yours? When my gremlins ...

Ruth Carter - February 27, 2018
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Five Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Pandemic or not, our clients don’t stop needing us. As a lawyer and mother, I often say, “I don’t have time to be sick!” As we all know, without your health, nothing else matters: You cannot work, take care of clients, be there for your family, ...

Jamie Spannhake - February 23, 2018