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The shoes of an organization’s leadership are big to fill. For generations, there was an unspoken expectation that professionals would always aspire to climb the ladder and move into leadership or ownership positions. The environment is changing, however, and the younger workforce has different ideas of what success looks like. The brass ring of a corner office,[…]

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Summer is here, and for many this means that you might be reading this post from a warm sandy spot, with a breathtaking view of the sea in front of you. When you finish reading this, you will likely enjoy the ocean vista even more. Yesterday my daughter and I were reading an intro to[…]

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The photo above is of a local Italian restaurant located down the street from our house. I have never been there, but from the signage I get a good snapshot of what I could expect should I decide to check it out one of these evenings. The message on the awning, along with the information[…]

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Those who know me know that I am a huge advocate of mentoring. Unlike many others who sing the praises of participating in a mentor-mentee relationship, I was never fortunate enough to benefit from any formally structured guidance in my career, or my life. I have had to work so hard at self-advocacy that I proudly[…]

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As I’ve written about before, Millennials continue to be society’s scapegoat du jour. They are accused of having no work ethic, being entitled and unwilling to commit to anything. This is just not true, at least, on a wholesale level. These characterizations are not representative of any generational group, instead they represent a certain type of person who[…]

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“What are your criteria for partnership?” I asked my client, a managing partner at a regional law firm. “Um, what do you mean?” He responded, brows knitted with confusion. “Has the firm laid out clear expectations for how your associates should reach the partnership level?” “Not really,” he went on, “They know that they have[…]

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Is Bigger really better? There are loads of media outlets that generate big advertising dollars by promoting the size of law firms and accounting concerns. Skilled salespeople present ad space to appeal both to managing partners’ rainmaking needs and the ego stroking that most of us crave. As many of you know, the cardinal rule[…]

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“We’re working with a consultant” is of the scariest phrases in modern business. The implication is that the retention of a consultant by an organization is tantamount to top brass’ admission of one of the following: We have no idea how to run this company We want to fire people and don’t have the guts[…]

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It’s common knowledge that in addition to providing partygoers with cheap thrills, blacklights are used to illuminate things that are otherwise invisible under “normal” light. Sidestepping the obvious gross-out image of hotel room bedspreads featured in news exposés, how about the millions of lint flecks that instantly appear on your jeans once you turn off[…]

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