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Make civility a foundation of your professionalism

A Google search of “road rage” uncovered almost 90 million entries; boat rage, 24 million; air rage, 4 million; and grocery store rage — yes, you read that right, grocery store rage — 3 million. In other words, people nowadays ...

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Want to hand out legal advice? Go to law school

The other day I received a notification of a message received via the social business network, LinkedIn. I don’t peruse my LinkedIn feed, like … oh … say … ever. I also don’t update my status, link to educational and ...

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Why some careers last longer than others

You have heard the statistic that we will have seven careers in a lifetime. That sounds like a lot of careers to me. What we do know is that job hopping is the new normal for millennials. According to data ...

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Determine what kind of workplace culture you want

If there is anything we hate to see, it’s a place where people are dragging their feet coming to work rather than with a bounce in their step. If you are rolling your eyes then you are probably the first ...

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Are law firms really all that different?

Lawyers are special – principles of economics do not apply to us. Mantras like this come and go decade by decade. Small is beautiful, big is better. Big is bad, unless you’re too big to fail. Which do you prefer? ...

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Mastering crucial conversations in the law firm

Communication failures top every list of employee complaints. Most people (and bosses are no exception) dread difficult conversations – those talks in which emotions run high, personal issues may come into play or the message may be hard to deliver. ...

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Coming face to face with a ‘pure paralegal’

The first time I heard the phrase “pure paralegal” I almost fell off my chair. It happened because temporary amnesia had impaired my sense of judgment when I agreed to attend a paralegal membership drive. I should have known things were taking a turn toward the dark side when I found myself in a musty bar being awkwardly gazed upon like a freak show attraction.

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Don’t discount the workplace importance of likeability

Earlier this month, the new cast of “Dancing With the Stars” was revealed. As DWTS is one of my favorite television shows, I was breathless with anticipation of the announcement.

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The Unbalanced Life: Identify weaknesses, then turn them into strengths

In the business world, “SWOT” is a standard business acronym, standing for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. By doing a SWOT analysis of its operations, a business gains a strong competitive edge in today’s fast paced world.

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The courtroom version of ‘Breaking Bad’

In a moment of weakness last month I broke down and subscribed to Netflix, a personal abomination considering I swore off cable two years ago and only recently acquired a microwave. Seventy-two sleep deprived hours later, I now belong in ...

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Mid-life crisis? You’ll have that, and much more

(With insight from Dave Favor) We have been working on our next book, called “Gone for the Gold.” We believe there are certain self-evident truths that get you where you want to go in work and life. In considering what ...

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Time for straight talk about the educating of paralegals

I’ve hemmed and hawed here at Guts & Glory for over a year now. If you’re an avid reader, you know my style: I’m raw, honest and real. I put pen to paper knowing that I will undoubtedly annoy the ...

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Thinking about the law firm of the future

Since 2008, it’s been a crazy ride. We are five years into what many people are calling the New Normal. Let’s peek into the future and see how lawyers and paralegals are coping. What issues are keeping paralegals up at night? ...

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Strategies to overcome paralegal invisibility

Working hard and waiting for praise, rewards or promotions doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. The key attributes that create a high performance paralegal might well also be the very same attributes that make them invisible within a firm. Paralegals ...

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