The most important hiring lesson to remember is that you should hire for attitude and train for skills. Skills you can build. Attitude, and character, are harder to change. (Patrick J. McKenna and David H. Maister from their…more
I recent received this question:
If I only have 1 hour a week to spend on marketing, what would be the best use of that time?
Answer: The answer depends on what your top 5 StrengthsFinder…more
Many years ago, I tried a case for a very difficult client. You may know the type of client:
They tell you they want a document on Monday, forcing you to work all weekend and then on Monday you find out they won’t look at it…more
A lawyer I coach asked me when I was most stressed out practicing law.
For most of my career I didn’t think about what I was feeling as being stressed out. I guess I thought it was just part of being a lawyer.
Why is it that my work and life will be judged by a different standard than my male partners?
That may become the first line in the novel I am writing about a Houston lawyer, Gina Caruso. If you are a regular reader, you know…more
I originally posted this blog in January. Recently, several lawyers have asked about the monthly coaching program and that has prompted me to post it again.
Years ago, over a one year period, I went to each office in my old law…more
I have coached many of you who regularly read my blog. Each of you likely remember some of the questions I asked you.
For those of you I will never coach, I want to share some of those questions with you so you can answer them…more
Are you content with your law practice and your success attracting, retaining and expanding relationships with clients? I hope not. I can’t help you if you are content and you can’t create a more successful career by standing…more
What is your fondest memory growing up? That is an exercise on my creative writing websites.
For me, my fondest memories were early April each year and the beginning of the baseball season. I played, watched and went to…more
Have you ever wondered why we say we “practice law?” I wonder because I see less and less “practicing” and I think that is scary.
Recently I read an ABA article: Law firms say they want ‘practice ready’ grads—but who are they…more
One thing I love about my work is the chance to meet lawyers who are striving to get better. More often than not those lawyers are young associates or young partners. It is great fun to meet and work with a baby boomer like me,…more
I believe clients want their lawyers to have charisma.
That thought scares many lawyers, especially those who are introverted. I think those intimidated by the idea have a mistaken notion of what Charisma actually is. It is not…more
By Cordell Parvin on April 1st, 2014
If you are a regular reader, you know that I started a Novel Writing Class on January 27. See the blog I posted that day: If I want to write a novel about a law firm…I need your ideas.
How can you implement Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?” To get you started read
a short summary.
?!Here is how YOU might use the 7 Habits:
!Habit 1: Be Proactive: Take responsibility for your own…more
A couple of months ago I received an email from Frank Strong, Communications Director of LexisNexis. Frank wanted to provide me access to the LexisNexis Law Practice Management Software in the Cloud. Frank sent the PR piece and…more
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