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
Great Leaders Share these Seven Traits
COVID-19 has created unprecedented turmoil globally. Few businesses have been able to avoid the impact. How leaders have responded is widely varied. They have either been decisive and calmed concerns or have created more chaos. What leadership characteristics are making the biggest positive impact?
Empathy may be the most important leadership trait in this crisis. Understanding, and caring, how this will impact … Read More
Boost Your Efficiency
JW Way Fundamental #14: Work Smart. "Be organized and plan work for maximum efficiency. Have the tools necessary before starting your work. Be thoughtful about your schedule and have a game plan for calls, tasks, and the workday. Establish priorities and work on them first."
I love this fundamental. My brain likes to work in efficiency mode so this fundamental deeply resonates with me. Since this is not an easy … Read More
Be Open to Other Perspectives
JW Way Fundamental #13: Embrace Diversity. "Celebrate our differences. Be aware of and address implicit bias. Be open to learning from others, regardless of their background or role. Be mindful that we make better decisions when we consider multiple perspectives. Hire, mentor, compensate, and promote based on merit."
Workplace diversity is typically characterized as diversity in human traits and characteristics: … Read More
Be a Mensch, Not a Jerk
JW Way Fundamental #16: Don't be a jerk - always take the high road. "Maintain professionalism at all times. Keep emotions under control. Advocating forcefully for the interests of our clients does not require bullying, condescension, foul language, or temper tantrums. This applies to co-workers, opposing counsel, and vendors. Always be a “mensch”. "
This is wise advice, and certainly makes many of … Read More
Separating Your Desire For Personal Validation
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!”
When we urge litigating clients to seriously consider a settlement offer, we usually remind them of one thing: the uncertainty of trial. We can rarely predict with any degree of … Read More
Developing Personal Integrity
JW Way Fundamental #8: Act with integrity. "Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to doing the right thing in very action you take and in every decision you make. Own up to your own mistakes and apologize. If you make a mistake, clean it up. "
The expression of integrity is a virtue. Many of our JW Way Fundamentals reflect our aspiring to have cultural integrity throughout our firm. Fundamentals such as respect, … Read More
Stay Focused on the Outcome
JW Way Fundamental #18: Speak constructively. "Address issues in a candid, direct, kind and respectful manner with those involved or affected. Be courageous enough to say what you believe should be said. Ask questions, share ideas, raise issues, and be open to responses. Make constructive suggestions in a way that helps make progress. When possible, speak in person rather than hiding behind email or voicemail. " … Read More
Make Room for Fun
JW Way Fundamental #27: Don't take yourself too seriously "Maintain a healthy perspective on your work and professional life. There are more important things going on in the world than your daily challenges. And remember to have fun. Fun renews our spirit, keeps us energized, and helps us think more clearly. "
We work in a serious profession, and we are often doing very serious work. We exist to … Read More