You Get Back What You Put Out to the World
I heard someone say this recently and it struck me because it is so true. If you put out positive energy you are more likely to receive the same in return from those you deal with. If you put out negative energy, you can’t be surprised when you have negative and adversarial dealings with others.
All you have to think of is how your mood or initial interaction with someone colors the rest of your … Read More
Tell the Truth
This is simple and there are no exceptions. Tell a lie once and all of your truths become questionable. Early in my career I heard a very experienced attorney say “a half-truth equals a whole lie.” He was correct because anything not 100% true is a lie. Another benefit of telling the truth was summed up to me long ago by a friend who once said he never lies because it’s far easier to … Read More
Jaburg Wilk Attorneys Hygiene & Household Goods Drive for Refugees
PHOENIX, Ariz. (07/23/2018) – The Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk has again supported relief efforts for Catholic Charities Community Services Bless Refugees program. This program was started in 1975 in response to the Vietnam refugees fleeing violence and continues to support thousands of refugees each year. In Arizona there are more than 62,000 refugees who have been forced … Read More
To Get the Story You Have to Ask Questions
We are all good at telling a story, especially our own story. We are not as good at actively listening to others tell a story. This is true even when we are being paid to listen.
This is why it is important to remember how important it is to listen, which also means asking questions, especially the right questions. What the right questions are depends on the situation.
If it is in a personal setting, you should … Read More
Criticize Constructively and Not in Front of Others
I always hope to learn from my mistakes. Similarly, anything I count as a failure in my career has been a great learning experience. There have been moments where I have received constructive criticism, which helped me, because I was open to hearing it. I feel lucky that the people who provided this type of feedback to me, did it in a professional and meaningful way.
They both complimented and criticized me … Read More
Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out on Your Vacation: Vacation ≠ Work
Do you vacation at least once or twice a year? You should. Your body and brain need a break. Most of us work hard, but are not built to work every single day without some downtime. If you have a family, they may even want to spend some time with you!
I was speaking with another attorney recently who was lamenting about an upcoming vacation with his wife and kids. He was complaining about what he had to get done … Read More
Life seems to be made up of many rules, written and unwritten. Most are a matter of common sense, like just being nice to people you meet and deal with. It sounds so obvious you may be asking yourself why I would spend time even mentioning it. Despite being obvious, I’ll bet someone just came to mind who you dealt with recently and the dealings were unpleasant because the other person just wasn’t nice. … Read More
Change is an Opportunity
Recently, I met with an attorney I know. She had switched firms, going back to one she had worked for previously. I was surprised because she seemed happy at her last firm. It turns out she was generally happy, but some colleagues she liked were changing firms and a call came at the right time to get her to consider leaving. She did and does, seems invigorated from the change of scenery.
Now this attorney may be … Read More
Perfection Breeds Insanity
No one is perfect. We hear this all of the time, which is why it has become a cliché. It is true, but many people strive to be perfect. It simply is not possible, and is your idea of perfection the same as mine? I guarantee you it isn’t.
I know an attorney at another firm who is a perfectionist regarding the pleadings researched and drafted. By this I mean the number of times a draft pleading is … Read More
5 Things to Confirm with Your Attorney, Insurance Agent or Work Before You Go on Summer Vacation
In Phoenix it feels like summer is fast approaching. With summer comes the inevitable vacations, which include road trips and all kinds of fun (and somewhat) dangerous activities. Before you escape on a great adventure, here are some things you may want to think about and consider:
Call your attorney if you are leaving minor children at home with friends, family or a babysitter. You need to leave insurance … Read More