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Commit To Think Strategically

Last week’s message [hyperlink] about the importance of learning to think and act strategically led to numerous responses that were insightful. While I responded to each one individually, one responder raised a great question I’d like you to see. He asked if there were people who just didn’t have the ability to think strategically. Referencing […]

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Are You Tactical or Strategic?

The more I coach new partners and aspiring partners, the more I see an inability to think and act strategically. It’s a skill that can and should be learned, so probably the deficit is due to the fact that most of their education, training and work experience has been in execution, not thinking about what […]

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Freedom In Motivating Yourself

I just read a HBR article that opened with describing the challenges that managers have in motivating their staff. Then the author went on to explain how to create a motivating environment. It’s a good article but I think it’s important to clarify something. Shaping the environment that motivates is your manager’s job. Motivating yourself […]

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Are You Promotion-Ready?

This is the season where many firms conduct mid-year or annual reviews for their staff. In the process, you should be getting great feedback about how the firm sees you, what it expects from you and how well you are meeting those expectations. You also have the opportunity to discuss what you need from the […]

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Can You See Clearly Now?

When Johnny Nash sang his hit in 1972 called, “I Can See Clearly Now,” it was #1 on the Billboard Charts. It’s a catchy, upbeat tune that has be re-recorded by dozens of artists over the years. But it’s the lyrics that are so poignant: I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I […]

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Take Control of Yourself

Research shows that those who perceive they have a higher sense of control over their lives demonstrate better mental health, live healthier and live longer. It’s called locus of control and everyone is on the continuum somewhere, representing their overall belief in their ability to influence their lives. And it affects your performance as well. […]

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To Hold or Be Held?

From the title of this message, I can imagine you thinking I’ve gotten squishy and sentimental on you. But that’s not the case. It’s about a topic no one likes to talk about—accountability. If you’re like me, you hate it when someone holds you accountable. It’s like they have a certain (and legitimate) power over […]

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“Not Me” Isn’t The Answer

I did all my planning. Everything was accounted for and ready to go. All that had to be done was to execute. I rested easily—until out of the blue, something happened I hadn’t counted on. All my communication and confirmation still wasn’t enough. Now I was left with anxiety and some decisions and adjustments to […]

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Chart Your Own Course

Many firms are in the season of annual reviews. While many people have a less-than-positive experience with them, they can be very beneficial. These annual meetings should be a report on your career progress, not a report on your performance. Performance feedback should be given on a regular basis throughout the year and the annual […]

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Time, Weeds and Sand

You know the feeling when you get to the end of your day and you’ve been busy as all get out (whatever that means) and you’re exhausted? You’re fully spent, and feeling like it. You didn’t stop, working through lunch and it’s now past dinnertime. After all that effort expended, you review your accomplishments. What […]

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