Four Tips to Keep Gratitude Top of Mind
I recently spoke with a friend who lives in Texas. The catastrophic snow storm left his family without power or running water for several days. Oddly, he did not complain about how miserable his situation was. Instead, he told me all of the new and fun things he was doing with his kids to make the most out of his situation. He was so filled with gratitude that it made me pause.
Later that night I was scrolling … Read More
Riding in the Bus or Driving the Bus?
As 2020 closed, most people said “good riddance.” It was a year that few of us want to repeat. We had less control over many aspects of our lives, most of us faced paradigm shifts in how we worked, there were massive losses, and our social interactions were altered dramatically. It felt like we were riding in a bus without much control of where we were going and when we would arrive at our - or any - … Read More
Don’t be a Jerk, Take the High Road
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."
Don’t be a jerk. Sounds easy, right? After all, we … Read More
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