Is your desire to be perfect driving you into the Impostor Syndrome?

As a skills trainer for lawyers, seeing people work to improve themselves and become the best they can be, is part of my raison d’etre. It is always commendable for someone to expand their skill set or overcome weaknesses which may be holding them back in their career. However, the drive to do so can…

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Appraising your staff appraisals – are your meetings successful or stressful?

When it’s time for you to conduct staff appraisal meetings in your organisation, how does it make you feel? Does your heart sing, anticipating meaningful, productive discussions with your employees? Or are you filled with dread at the thought of awkward silences, stony indifference, or draining arguments? From what my clients tell me, most people…

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Wenceslas time you reviewed your LinkedIn?

8 ways you can improve your profile Christmas comes but once a year – if only our LinkedIn profiles were spruced up so frequently! For many solicitors, their LinkedIn profile is something that hasn’t been updated for many years – much like a motley collection of Christmas decorations that get pulled out every December. One…

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How to build your resilience as a lawyer

Life in the law has many positive sides, but it is rarely easy! Standing up to the challenges which legal life throws at you is a key skill to a successful career, and a happy life in general. This takes resilience. Resilience is important because it: Helps us to maintain balance during difficult or stressful periods in our…

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How do you lead when you are not in charge?

This is a question I often ask people when I deliver Leadership and Management training. I find it prompts people to look again at the idea of leadership in their working lives. There is a common belief that you cannot lead unless you are in charge of the organisation in which you work – that…

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Why do lawyers feel guilty at work?

Wikipedia has a good working definition of guilt. It defines it as a cognitive or an emotional experience, occurring when a person believes or realises – accurately or not – that they have compromised their own standards, or have violated a universal moral standard and bear significant responsibility for that violation. Basically we feel guilty…

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What is a Mastermind Group and do you need one?

What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘mastermind group’? A shadowy organisation, bent on world domination – a group James Bond might be tasked with stopping? Whatever comes to mind, the reality for professionals is something far less scary! After reading this article, I believe you will associate the term with ‘opportunity’. This is…

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An introduction to Mindfulness for lawyers part 3

When was the last time you spent a whole day without worrying or feeling guilty? The first two concepts of Mindfulness were dealt with in Parts 1 and 2. Core Concept No. 3 – Detachment (Becoming an Observer) This is closely linked to the second core concept of Acknowledgement, Acceptance and surrender. The second concept…

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An Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers part 2

When was the last time you found your self behind schedule and it did not irritate you? In the first part of this series, we examined why mindfulness is important and the first core concept of ‘Living in the Moment’. This blog considers the second core concept of Mindfulness.  Second Core Concept- Acknowledgement and Acceptance…

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An Introduction to Mindfulness for Lawyers Part 1

Did you know that working faster and faster is the way to bad mental health situations?  Why Mindfulness? – The ‘Doing’ and ‘Being’ modes It is said that we are human beings not human doings. Yet in our culture and our professional lives we must always be busy – we feel we must live as…

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