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  • Don't be a Jerk - Always Take the High Road

    Don't be a Jerk - Always Take the High Road

    By Ash Langenberg

    Maintain professionalism at all times. Keep emotions under control. Advocating forcefully for the interest 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".

    This week's JW way really intrigues me. I have often wondered how some people can't see the effects their words and actions … Read More

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  • Why are Life and Business so Taxing?

    Why are Life and Business so Taxing?

    Yes, I know the title is a bit cheesy, but it is April 15, and, of course, I mean something else: Why is it so hard to be successful?

    Life is hard. Work is hard. Business is hard. Being successful is hard, let alone getting "ahead." And working hard doesn't mean you will be successful or get ahead, but it sure doesn't hurt.

    You need to put in time and do so smartly, whether in your business or personal life. & … Read More

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  • We're in a Business to Serve Clients Profitably

    We're in a Business to Serve Clients Profitably

    There are attorneys and firms that think of themselves as "professionals" and ignore the business aspects of practicing law and there are attorneys and firms that only think about making money. We are neither! We are professionals that understand that you make money by creating a great client experience, which translates to "happy clients" that want to pay their bills. 

    Creating a great client experience … Read More

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  • Why Continuity Matters

    Why Continuity Matters

    It may be All About That Bass this year, but will any of us remember Meghan Trainor next year?

    No one plans to be a one hit wonder. Whether in music or business. We are overloaded in every field of business and all professions. The goal is to sustain your business or career over time.

    You do this by nurturing relationships and doing both short term, mid-term and long term planning. If you are not sure where to … Read More

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  • Demonstrate Respect

    Demonstrate Respect

    There are so many ways to show respect (and an equal number to show disrespect)....where to start? I think a good place is with a number of the JW Way Fundamentals we've implemented here at the firm.  

    #5 Listen Fully - giving people your undivided attention (how does it feel when you can tell the person you are talking to is typing, reading email or thinking of something else!!)  Make … Read More

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  • Why Self-Confidence is Important

    Why Self-Confidence is Important

    If you don't believe in yourself, who will? Self-confidence comes from inside you, not from others. And confidence and cockiness do not have to go together. If you think you know everything, you don't.

    If someone is tooting their own horn too much, it is likely they really are insecure. Most successful people play down their accomplishments.  So do you want to spend time with the insecure egotistical person … Read More

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  • Communicating to Be Understood

    Communicating to Be Understood

    The purpose of communicating - whether it's oral, written, sign language or Morse code - is that both parties understand what is being said.  It is primarily the sender's responsibility to ensure that the recipient receives and understands the communication.    

    The techniques used by excellent communicators vary.  The following 8 tips are effective and frequently used by great communicators:& … Read More

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  • Honor Commitments: Do what you Say You're Going to Do

    Honor Commitments: Do what you Say You're Going to Do

    By Lindsay Preach and Sandy Foster

    JW Way #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.

    Many people believe Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. A 6 time NBA Champion, 6 time NBA Finals MVP, 5 time NBA MVP, 14 time NBA … Read More

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  • What Can You Learn to Help You Do What you Do?

    What Can You Learn to Help You Do What you Do?

    I read a good quote recently, actually in an email from a friend to other managers in a fantasy football league I am in.  Of course it might have been part of some smack talk that was going on, but it brought to mind a truth: continuous learning and training makes for a better and more interesting work place.

    The quote is "Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them."  It is by … Read More

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  • Listening is More Than Simply "Not Speaking"

    Listening is More Than Simply "Not Speaking"

    JW Way #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. 

    Listening fully may be one of the best gifts you can give your client, colleagues, friends, family and yourself.  It is a powerful tool.   … Read More

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