Finding and Cultivating Gratitude During a Pandemic
Being grateful in 2020 may seem unnecessary or simply feel out of reach. After all, the year is epitomized by a pandemic and a corresponding diminishing of physical and mental health, coupled with political division and civil unrest. For many, 2020 has been one of the most trying of years, if not the most difficult.
The Thanksgiving holiday is the catalyst for this article. This year many have cancelled their … Read More
Five Strategies for Dealing with the Egocentric
JW Way Fundamental #9: Leave your ego at the door. "At all times, stay focused on serving the needs of our client and our firm, rather than on serving your ego. Remember – it’s about the client and our firm, not you!"
Adolescence is hard. Many teens struggle with leading with their ego. Rather than being open to learning, they respond with “I know”. They argue points and are not always … Read More
Remember the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day, where every day was the same? Bill’s character, Phil, was not a particularly emphatic, caring, or even a kind person. Being stuck reliving Groundhog Day every day was Phil’s journey to becoming a better person. Living with this pandemic reminds me of Groundhog Day, where much is the same every day. The difference is that there are no consequences to Phil& … Read More
Time to Make Time
2020 has been daunting and filled with stressors. First, the pandemic emerged and spawned working from home and virtual schooling. The summer brought protests for racial justice and in parts of the US, high spikes in COVID infections. The fall brought the election and record setting cases. Yes, 2020 has been one for the record books.
As working parents and attorneys, how are we expected to manage all of these … Read More
Four Impacts of Taking a Working Vacation
After several months of COVID and work frenzy, like many people, I decided to take a vacation. Any vacation taken during the WFH pandemic can quickly evolve into a working vacation and there are both good and bad aspects of that. Finding a place to safely travel to and safely stay has unique challenges during a global pandemic. Even taking a road trip, which seems to be the way that many Americans are traveling, … Read More
JW Way Fundamental #25: Candidly discuss, then align. "Healthy, respectful discussion creates better solutions. Discuss concepts without personal attacks. Check your ego and search for the best solution rather than proving you are right. Once a decision is made, be fully aligned and completely supportive of it."
Relationships, whether they be work or personal, depend on reciprocal candid dialogue among all … Read More
Mentoring is More Challenging than Ever
Most professionals still are working remotely and will be for the foreseeable future. This makes mentoring relationships much more challenging. You can have phone calls or Zoom calls with a mentor or accountability partner, but mentoring relationships grow from forging a relationship based on knowing each other. Getting to know each other is harder to do by phone or Zoom unless that close relationship already … Read More
Appreciation, Gratitude and Humor Help Offset Pandemic Negativity
The past few months have been the most unusual in my life. I never thought I would experience an event that would shut down the world and I have. While there is re-opening of some states, we are far from being back to normal. Having talked to a lot of people about how the pandemic impacts them, I noticed some trends emerging from those conversations.
There is now a lot of clarity around what matters most. Before … Read More
5 Ways to Help Others and Stay Mentally Strong
We are a few weeks into shelter at home, social distancing, remote working, and job losses. What mental health experts warned us might happen, has happened. Some people are lonely, frightened, agitated, and angry. Others are able to cope and adapt to the new normal easier.
People who are normally social connectors may be struggling the most. They have lost one of their primary purposes. These are the people who … Read More
Practice Active Listening
JW Way Fundamental #5: Listen Fully. "Listening is more than simply not speaking. Give others your undivided attention. Set aside your own judgments and preconceived notions. Listen with focus. Most importantly, listen to understand."
COVID-19 has brought many new challenges to the way we communicate with our coworkers, clients, families, and friends. Never has listening been more important than it is now. We … Read More