Does Your Business Have a Specific Culture?
Does your business have a specific culture? Of course the answer is that it does whether it is conscious or not. For instance, at my firm we have the JW Way. It is a mission statement consisting of twenty one fundamentals. We believe that since making these fundamentals of our firm’s culture a conscious part of our firm it has improved what already was a good … Read More
Will My Commercial Liability Insurance Cover an ADA Lawsuit?
I notified my commercial liability insurance carrier of the lawsuit but they denied coverage – why?
Very few companies are able to secure insurance coverage for the defense of their ADA accessibility lawsuits. CGL carriers commonly deny coverage for these lawsuits because an “injury” under the ADA typically does not qualify as a personal injury or property damage under … Read More
Perseverance and You
Working to Obtain Your Goals
Perseverance is everything. There is no excuse to ever give up. If you doubt this, you either have had success handed to you, which happens rarely, if ever, or you come up against trying to reach a goal and pivot instead of pushing through to reach your desired result. You may even describe your pivot as a strategic change of plans based on adjusting to the circumstances. Or is it an … Read More
Do You Love the Life You Live?
The other week my wife was driving with our 10 and 7 year olds in her car. The 10 year old, out of nowhere, said "I am living the life I want to live." Before my wife could say anything in response, my daughter asked her younger brother if he is living the life he wants to live. His response was "No." That response was followed by the statement "If I was living the life I want to live I would be in Madagascar … Read More
Always take the high road
JW Way # 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. Be a "mensch."
As I sat down to write about this fundamental, it occurred to me that when … Read More
What is an ego?
By definition, an ego is a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
To have an ego is essential to our very makeup. It will define who we are and how we connect with others. Ego becomes an issue when it becomes overpowering.
Everyone has an ego, whether big or small. The way we display that ego will significantly impact our relationships with one another and the outside world. It also affects our … Read More
Time for an annual "checkup" for you and your company
By Neal Bookspan
Last year, many of you probably read my business law blog regarding having a checkup for you and your business. This does not involve the doctor, but it does involve all the other professionals in your personal and business life. Since that time, I decided to make this topic an annual tradition. This is based in part on the range of feedback I received last year.
Some of you said "What a great … Read More
Do What You Say You’re Going to Do
By Leslie Rakestraw
#7 Honor Commitments. Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it. If a commitment can’t be fulfilled, notify others early and agree upon a new commitment to be honored.
I chose this principle because my life used to be completely out of balance on this. Of course I showed up for depositions, court hearings and office meetings. How can you be in … Read More
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
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