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Uninspired at work? Look for ways to shake things up

If you work in a law office, you are faced with deadlines. Some areas are more deadline-driven than others - for instance, litigation practices have court-imposed deadlines - but every area of practice involves tasks that must be done and time frames for completion. Do you ever show up and feel uninspired to do what you've been assigned to do? Do you look at the list and you can't find anything that you want to start?

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Pursue integrity to live an ‘open, honest’ business and personal life

By Cheryl Leone and Dave Favor Special to CPN As a reminder, the principles of self-mastery can be placed into four paradigms – fear, duty, achievement and integrity. No matter what type of task you seek to accomplish, arriving at ...

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Handgun incident a scary reminder that ethics issues can arise anywhere

It was the first time that I needed to go to the office supply closet at my new job. I was startled the moment I opened the door. A handgun lay next to a box of envelopes. There it was, in plain view for anyone to see. Still taken aback, I quickly retrieved the paper clips I needed and returned to my desk. Nearly a year passed before I mentioned the gun in the supply closet to the attorney I worked for.

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From rocket ship dreams to law firm life: One paralegal’s journey

Have you ever stepped away from your professional self and wondered, "How did I get here?" When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. I begged and pleaded with my parents to send me to NASA's summer space camp but was repeatedly denied because my mother couldn't fathom my being hurled through the air in a zero-gravity, child-killing apparatus. So I became a paralegal instead.

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Next step to self-mastery: Achievement

As a reminder, the principles of self-mastery can be placed in four categories, or paradigms: fear, duty, achievement and integrity. No matter what the event, you always start with fear and go through duty and achievement to arrive (hopefully) at integrity.

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Church’s lunch group an example of diversity of all types

Enjoying lunch with my co-workers, I have often silently contemplated the diversities we all represent. My lunch time companions are receptionists, paralegals, investigators, attorneys and negotiators. They are individuals born in North Carolina, Georgia, Mexico, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, New York and Nicaragua.

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Lessons learned: NC convention roundup

By Camille Stell, Special to CPN June is the month of conventions for many of North Carolina’s bar associations. This is a time of leadership change as well as to celebrate the relationships attorneys share and recognize their accomplishments. The ...

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My work style or yours?

By Camille Stell, Special to CPN The Guilford Paralegal Association had a seminar on the first Saturday in May with over 100 paralegals in attendance. I was impressed with the dedication of the professionals who would give up a Saturday ...

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Updated legal handbook is a vital resource

By Annette Church, Special to CPN The North Carolina Attorney’s/ Paralegal’s/Secretary’s Handbook is an essential resource for each group listed in its title. I know attorneys and paralegals who treasure their copies. Now in its 16th edition, this reference book ...

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‘Doing your duty’ is not enough to achieve self-mastery

By Cheryl Leone and Dave Favor, Special to CPN This article focuses on the second stage of self-mastery – the duty paradigm. As we exit the fear paradigm and enter duty, we are attempting to gain control and exit the ...

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