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Overheard at the Water Cooler: A Sabbatical is Good for the Soul

It is widely believed that Harvard University was the first institution in the U.S. to offer a system of sabbatical leave, when they established a program for faculty in 1880. While many university systems offer sabbaticals, it is less prevalent ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Business Etiquette

Business Etiquette People often struggle with networking, not only because of meeting new people, but also having to navigate rules of professional behavior they don’t usually worry about. At the banquet table should you drink from the glass on the ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Next Generation Leadership

What does law firm leadership look like? Too often, it’s an outdated model where reward goes to the most senior, regardless of contribution. Where leaders look for perks rather than developing servant leadership concepts.  Firm partners hold tightly to decision-making ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: My Summer of Wellness

Law environments are stressful and challenging places to work. Fortunately, there is more awareness of wellness programs and solutions than ever before. Here are a few that are helping me manage stress this summer. I am loving my Teknion height ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Find Your Passion

I thought I’d give you an update on finding my passion. You will recall that last year, Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services was born, partly because I read a book. The book, “Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, ...

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My Favorite Things

  This month I thought I’d gather some of my favorite thoughts to share.   My Favorite Blog I’m going to recommend Seth’s Blog by Seth Godin. Seth has been blogging daily for a decade. He is the author of ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Design Your Life

  I’m starting a business and I’m a little nervous! I’m also very excited. Let me catch you up on what’s going on with me. And I’m going back to the beginning, because I think you may find the story ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Go Strong

    Do you ever wonder why you make certain choices? Why you do what you do? Why you like certain things? Why you are better at some things than others? According to Gallup’s CliftonStrengths (formerly known as StrengthsFinders), there ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Create Confidence

Would it surprise you to know that confidence matters to your success? And that In fact, confidence is more important than competence? Journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman are the authors of a 2014 book, The Confidence Code, that set ...

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My 2016 Reading Challenge

Part I “I’m a slow reader, but I usually get through seventy or eighty books a year, most fiction. I don’t read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read” Stephen King, On Writing: A ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Making the transition from law firm to in-house

I was excited to speak at the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association June meeting to discuss transitioning from law firm paralegal to in-house. I invited my long-time friend and paralegal colleague, Debbie Lawrence, to join me. Debbie is an account executive with ...

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Tech Toolkit: Boost productivity with these hacks and apps

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Technology can be hugely helpful when it comes to communicating with colleagues and clients, speeding up document revisions, and finding information like a professional sleuth — but as most people experience, it also has a dark side. ...

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Overheard at the Water Cooler: Welcome, recent graduates

While April showers bring May flowers, May heralds new graduates. Here is some advice for recent graduates that I hope will also resonate with my working paralegal friends. My first networking experience landed me a job while I was a ...

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