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  • Don't Let Your Communication be an Illusion

    Don't Let Your Communication be an Illusion

    Communication is a singular important matter in all contacts between people. But it does not always happen in a way leading to understanding on the same level between the participants in the conversation.  This is highlighted by a quote that I like:

    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place" - George Bernard Shaw

    Do the people you communicate with understand what … Read More

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  • Listening is More than Simply Not Speaking

    Listening is More than Simply Not Speaking

    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. 

    Since we are entering into the swing of holiday parties and are all sure to engage in conversations with acquaintances new and old, I thought it was a wonderful time to refresh my recollection, as well as … Read More

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  • Treat Clients' Money As If It Were Your Own

    Treat Clients' Money As If It Were Your Own

    Think about the cost of pleadings and depositions. Avoid unnecessary hand deliveries, overnight mail, etc. and only authorize work and expenses that have a demonstrable benefit to the client.

    So Jaburg Wilk has a unique cultural, as do all businesses. But the difference is that we have captured the essence of our firm in The JW Way. These are the foundation of our business and inform how we operate, including how … Read More

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  • Who Pays for Mediation?

    Who Pays for Mediation?

    When parties are unwilling or unable to resolve a dispute, a viable option for resolution is mediation. Mediation is a negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party known as the mediator. A mediator helps parties reach resolution. Mediation is usually a voluntary process, although sometimes it may be required by the court. Who is responsible for paying for the mediation? Experienced mediator and litigation … Read More

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  • Deliver Outstanding Legal Advice

    Deliver Outstanding Legal Advice

    I am proud of many of the values and behaviors that define the JW culture, but I’m most proud of our focus on delivering great legal service and advice in a cost efficient manner. This goes to the very core of what clients want from their attorney and the heart of our deliverables to our clients. We employ numerous other JW Way Fundamentals to achieve success with this Fundamental.  In fact, in going … Read More

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  • Have Fun, That is an Order!

    Have Fun, That is an Order!

    "Have fun, it won’t hurt, I promise." - C. Cole Crabtree

    We all know you can’t force someone to have fun at work.  “And having fun at work isn’t always appropriate, and it certainly doesn’t jive with everyone’s work style.  But what you can do is give employees the chance to learn how to have fun effectively.” -Shana Lebowitz,  My Office is Awesome: Why … Read More

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  • You Must Take Action to Expand Your Network and Control Your Destiny

    You Must Take Action to Expand Your Network and Control Your Destiny

    So my question to you is are you green and growing or ripe and rotting? No, you are not a vegetable or a piece of fruit, but you either are taking action to improve yourself and your business or you are not. The difference is like that between talk and action. Knowing what to do and doing it are not the same. 

    You also need to think about whether whatever your doing is achieving your desired results. If not, … Read More

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  • You Must Have Substance Because Reputation Matters in the Long-Run

    You Must Have Substance Because Reputation Matters in the Long-Run

    You might be able to baffle people with you know what initially, but it won't last if you are all flash and no substance.  If you make a sale by saying the right things, but don't have the employees or equipment to correctly and timely get the job done, it will be the last time you work for that customer, or anyone that customer tells of your failure. You likely will lose business you will never know you lost. … Read More

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  • What Have You Done to Improve Yourself?

    What Have You Done to Improve Yourself?

    JW Way #17 - Be relentless about continuous improvement.

    Be a “lifetime learner.”  Continually invest in your own education, both formally and informally.  Never stop improving your legal, technical and personal skills.  Excellence is a journey, not a destination.

    This fundamental encourages us to become better at our jobs, better in our community, and indeed better people.  Like … Read More

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  • What Will be Done Eventually Should be Done Immediately. Organize Yourself!

    What Will be Done Eventually Should be Done Immediately. Organize Yourself!

    Don’t be a sloth! Delay rarely helps in any situation. We know disorganization leads to disaster. It not only can make you late on your commitments, it can adversely affect your business and personal life.

    We live in a “what have you done for me lately” world that demands that expectations not just to be met, but exceeded. You can do this by setting expectations you know you can meet and … Read More

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