LETTING GO

I had a bad case of writer’s block yesterday.  When I sat down to begin to write this weekly blog, I went blank.  I stared at my computer screen as if it were an object from outer space that I’d never seen before.  I went to my trusty notebook in which I jot down ideas when they pop into my head and I came across a couple of things I thought I could write about.  I tried … I couldn’t.  I gave up, went to the driving range, and hit two large buckets of golf balls. Read more

DON’T PASS OUT

Can you stand up in public and give a presentation without passing out?  If not, why not?  What are you afraid of?  Did you know research shows that people are more afraid of public speaking than of dying?  But I’ve never heard of a case where someone died while giving a public presentation. Read more

A MEETING OF THE MINDS

Have you been in a lot of meetings lately?  I have, and it started me wondering why most of us hate meetings so much.  We view them as time-wasters, ineffective, boring, unnecessary, and taking us away from our “real” jobs.  Why?  And is there anything we can do about it? Read more

Strategic Networking for Lawyers

IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST SHOW UP

I preach the value of strategic networking and positioning yourself as an expert to build key relationships as part of your business development plan.  Part of that networking piece is belonging to professional associations and regularly attending their functions.  It’s kind of like fitting in at your neighborhood bar … you’ve got to keep going regularly if you want the regulars to start talking to you.  So, isn’t that enough? Read more

ARE YOU AND YOUR TEAM CONFUSED?

If you’re a relatively new manager, you probably don’t know a whole lot about your team.  You’re busy finding out what your responsibilities are, what your boss expects from you, who you need to interact with , what your departmental goals are, what results you need to achieve, and even what your job really is.  Who has time to learn about his/her team?  Read more