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I know, I know, I know. It’s January 2020 and I blogged exactly seven (that’s 7) times last year. WTH?? It boils down to two things: 1. I’ve been really busy.  I started a new job which required a move from Los Angeles to New Orleans. It was my first move in more than 20 years, and wow, that threw me. I’m really good at transitions and multi-task organization, but this one really got me…
I am of the mindset that if I am complain about something I’d better be the first to raise my hand to volunteer. And while I have not complained about access to justice, I do complain about how the business of law just isn’t getting it right, especially where legal professionals are concerned. As a member of the California State Bar’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services, we have been tasked…
My apologies for being radio silent on the blog for the past month or so. For those who follow me on LinkedIn or are Facebook friends, you know I’ve had a recent job change, which includes moving from Los Angeles to New Orleans in a very short frame of time. Say Hello Earlier this month I joined McGlinchey Stafford as their Chief Business Development Officer. It was one of those things that came together in…
Another day and another great article highlighting the issues of law firms and diversity, There’s A Diversity Problem At Law Firms – What Can Be Done? The issues of diversity and INCLUSION at law firms is not as complex as we want to make it. We’ve been talking and writing about this forever, but talking and writing isn’t action. We have a pipeline problem that goes back to high school, and probably middle school, yeah,…
Technology changes the way we do things, and sometimes it’s really hard to let go of the way things have always been done. Add lawyers to the conversation–who have been trained that precedent is pretty much everything–and we have the next best thing since oil met water. I want to introduce you to a term that you most likely have heard of, have an idea of what it is, and are most likely wrong. I…
Happy New Year! Let me be the first to burst your bubble: Your resolutions are going to fail. Why? Because resolutions almost always fail because they are based on fixing something or achieving a specific outcome that is most likely unachievable otherwise you’d already have done it. Yes, it’s time for my annual “set intentions, not resolutions” post: 2017: Resolutions or Intentions? How are you beginning your year? 2016: Don’t seek resolutions. Find your adventure.
I had an interesting conversation with an industry colleague yesterday. He made reference to my “super power”: The ability to shake things up. Others refer to it as being a PITA (pain in the a$$). Or bossy. Or, how’s this: a strategic thought leader unafraid of taking risks to achieve results. I used to be afraid of my super power. I used to shy away from it, down play it, sit on the sides of…