Tip # 2: Develop Habits That Help You Be More Optimistic

I’ve blogged about this before, because it’s so important.  Optimism matters.  I’m not talking about being a Pollyanna in a pejorative way, where blind optimism can reflect naiveté.  Rather, I mean the ability to remain motivated and persistent when things don’t go the way you’d like.  Rather than giving...



Strengthen Your Leadership: TEN WAYS TO WIN

No matter whether your “game” is a short-term challenge at work, a desire to make a career change, or stepping into a new management role, proven strategies can accelerate your success.  I’ll be sharing ten tips over the rest of this month that, if you choose to apply, will...



What do the ABA, the Olympics, and Strengths Have In Common?

I’m back from several weeks of travel connected with a short vacation, the ABA Annual meeting, and client work in Colorado.  In between I’ve been enjoying snippets of the Olympics, and contemplating the relationship of coaches to competitors in individual events like gymnastics, diving, and track and field. But...



Thinking about sponsorship

I enjoyed Pat Gillette’s presentation this week at the Bar Association of San Francisco on “Staying on Track,” focusing on the tools that 4-8th year law firm associates (or comparable level in-house counsel) need to stay on track in their legal careers.  Pat used the analogy of pigeonholes to...



What Do Others Know About Your Leadership Style That You Don’t?

If you want to become a better leader, the first thing you need to do is understand how you are currently leading.  How well do you know your leadership strengths and weaknesses?  What would others say about your leadership style, and how you go about leading your team?  If...



Making Meetings Matter

Want an easy way to improve your leadership?  Become one of those rare individuals who knows how to run a meeting, whether virtual or in person, for maximum effect, both in terms of outcomes as well as team development.  I’ve put together ten tips for Making Meetings Matter, or...



Mentoring in Mythology, And Making It Work For You

I’m off to Dallas today to speak to the Legal Marketing Association’s national conference on how mentoring can be used to teach business development skills to attorneys. Ever wonder where the term “mentor” originated?  As an engineering undergraduate student, I was required to take a few “social-humanistic” electives outside...



Using Mentoring To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions . . .

So, how are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?  If you’re like 80% of the people who make them, they’re probably kaput before the end of February, so welcome to the club!  But with a few small changes, your odds of success in making change happen can skyrocket.  I’ve...



“Leaders Are Made, Not Born”

Sound familiar?  The full quote came from Vince Lombardi, who said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.  They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”  He was talking about the need to work...



Join Rapid Evolution at LMA’s National Conference for “Unlock the Talent Within: How to Create a Dynamic, In-House Business Development Mentoring Program”

Please join me in Grapevine, Texas on March 14, 2012, for my presentation on mentoring at the Legal Marketing Association’s annual conference at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center.  This year’s conference, with its theme of Leadership and Effecting Change, brings together national leaders in law firm marketing as the legal...



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