Four Leadership Traits of High-Performing General Counsel (Women GC’s Speak)

This week I attended “Women GC’s Speak,” a New York City Bar Association panel moderated by Debbie Epstein Henry. Among the four General Counsel panelists, the leadership message was exceedingly clear: Take on challenges, find opportunities, push yourself to be a little uncomfortable, fill leadership gaps, and figure it out.   Panelists and moderator, from […]

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Executive Interview Preparation: The Checklist

If you are a typical executive, it’s a challenge to find time on your calendar to prepare for interviews. When you do carve out that space, here’s a checklist of what you should cover. Due diligence – know as much as you can about the target organization and management beforehand, including what they do, why and […]

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General Counsel and Other Lawyers as Business Partners – Building Vision, Capacity, Judgment and Leadership

To succeed as General Counsel, you need not only to build relationships and move outside of what may be your comfort zone – a lawyer with excellent substantive legal skills – but also position yourself as a strategic member of the leadership team. Enclosed is a list of articles to help you explore and master the expanded General Counsel relationship.

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Four Steps to Creating Emails that Get Results

With everyone pressed for time and email inboxes overflowing, one of the worst things you can do is fire off an email that is unread, left lingering or summarily deleted. Not only do poor emails waste time on both ends – minutes and hours that could be used more productively – but they also may […]

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What Does Your LinkedIn Photo Say About You? Beyond “Looking Good,” What Story Are You Telling?

As an executive coach and writer, I help people tell their own professional stories and present themselves in the best light.

Among other ways of interacting nowadays, social media is one of the key places we tell our stories. In the professional context, for many of us, a hub of such interactions is LinkedIn, and a personal photo serves as the centerpiece of any well-crafted LinkedIn profile.

Yet many of us give surprisingly little thought to our photos beyond whether they make us “look good.”

I speak from the heart on this one. The idea of using your profile picture as a means of communication, rather than simply a mug shot, is in my blood.

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Achieving Gratitude in a Macho Work Environment

For professionals who work day-in and day-out in a macho work environment – where you  “eat what you kill,” and if you don’t produce, you don’t eat – gratitude is often a foreign notion. More common are words like merit, grit, earning and climbing. Gratitude can seem soft, vulnerable and passive. Yet the more mature […]

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Election Day 2016: Bring Your Excitement, Not Your Venom

On this Election Day 2016, most of us have clients, vendors, suppliers, employees, supervisors, colleagues, family and/or friends on both sides of the aisle, Democrat and Republican. And some independents, too. Professional development tip: If someone’s giving you a hard time about the election today or acting over the top, there’s a simple response: Bring your […]

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