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Law is one hard working profession. It is also highly meaningful and vital to our civil society. The updated Welcome to AWAL section on the home page and the About page explore this idea further. Here’s an excerpt for you:  “Lay people sometimes forget that the rights and freedoms that underpin our civil society depend on the rule of law. The rule of law is under threat in many parts of the world. As a…
John is an in-house counsel for a technology company.  He’s been asked to advise on a highly risky investment agreement but when he starts to raise the myriad of problems with the deal he gets shut down. Terry is the junior on a large file.  In a rush to advance to the next stage of the proceedings senior counsel makes a clear misstep. She tries to point this out but her objection falls on death ears.…
The pace of life is speeding up.  The months rush by in a blur of deadlines, emails, and stress.  So much these days feels out of our control and this is precisely why it is so important to grasp what is ours to influence and control – and most important of all is our own wellness. Attorney With A Life® contributor Terry DeMeo joined me in writing an article for the CLIO blog about 5…
“If you can dream it, you can do it.  Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.” Walt Disney Walt Disney, a true visionary, passed away before Disney World was finished.  At the opening ceremony, someone turned to Mrs. Disney and said, “I’m sorry that Walt was unable to see this.”  To which she replied, “Of course he saw this!  How do you think it came to be?” Mickey 2.0 didn’t come to life…
For many of us in the workforce stress and worry a regular part of our life. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of things you’ve got to do? The good news is this doesn’t mean that something is terribly wrong. It can indicate you are leading a life filled with meaning and purpose. A 2013 study held by University of Florida and Stanford University tracked adults between ages of 18 and…
I’ve been teaching a lot lately and teaching sure has a way of bringing home the lessons you need to learn! Yesterday, I had the privilege of watching a group of professionals role play various difficult conversations they face in their work life.  No matter which group I visited to coach, or which scenario it was they were facing, I noted three key principles: 1. Go slow to go fastWhen someone wants to say something…
It’s the holiday season again and there are many things happening anew that are a-old. Thinking about your year-end chaos and how listening creates impact is something I wrote about a few years back. As we look around us now, so much has changed in our world. And, although time is still ticking at the same pace, our anxiety levels are higher and our self-care is lower. Find a place this week for three minutes…
“Anyone at any level can learn to be a leader and help to shape or influence the world around them.”  Mark Sanborn When coaching and training emerging leaders, people who have been identified as having potential for leadership positions, one of the hurdles I often help them leap over is to see themselves as a leader.  Which is why I often recommend Mark Sanborn’s book “You don’t need a title to be a leader”. In…
I deliver a lot of content from the stage. I am very fortunate to be invited to speak at a number of different conferences, organizations, and programs around the country. In a recent opportunity to talk with a group of managing partners and their marketing directors I was poking fun with the audience about how they clap as I walk onstage, having no idea if they will enjoy the program. Are they clapping because the…
Two well-known mindsets that promote our resilience and that help set the stage for success are growth mindset and stress positive mindset.  There is a third to consider adopting: the “acceptance of discomfort” mindset. As human beings, our instinct is to avoid discomfort.  This isn’t bad or a problem in most cases, and yet it can also cause us to make choices that lead us away from learning, opportunities, excellence, and living in accordance…