February 4, 2010

the extraordinary last hour of a life

The other day, I was on the phone listening to a caller I didn’t know talk about a banking service I didn’t need. As my mind wandered to my long todo list, I started losing patience and getting annoyed with the caller and the person who had made the introduction. I decided to cut the conversation short by thanking the caller and extending an invitation to a fundraiserI was... Read More


January 22, 2010

the heart of business networking

In my last post, I mentioned that I was participating in a Haitian earthquake relief fundraiser organized by my brother, Steven Herz, and his team at New York’s If Management.   On only 48 hours notice, over 200 people attended the event last night and raised more than $3,500 for relief work being done through the nonprofit Esperanza International Foundation. NBC News correspondent... Read More


June 8, 2009

Can Lawyers Pursue Happiness?

Lately, when I’ve been out and about for business and socially, I’ve noticed that conversations often turn to the topic of happiness – what true happiness is; what makes us happy; what makes us unhappy (and variations on these themes). The topic also seems to be winding its way through the commercial space, where you’ll find sentimental/upbeat ads like this... Read More


May 27, 2009

finding inspiration in the midst of uncertainty

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post around this question: What inspires you in the law and in life? I’m very drawn to the topic, and exploration, of inspiration. In these uncertain times, discovering what inspires us can be both grounding and uplifting. Over at her blog, Build a Solo Practice @ SPU, Susan Cartier Liebel tells us about the lifelong inspiration she’s... Read More


May 13, 2009

meditation program for lawyers (and others)

No. It’s not a typo. Although I practice both, this post is about meditation, not mediation.  Meditation has been a regular part of my life for over 20 years. It’s helped me weather many a flurry personally and professionally. It’s also given me a mental focus and flexibility that makes me a better advocate for my clients. I’ve written a couple of articles... Read More


April 14, 2009

the legal sanity mentor: kevin houchin

Authentic. Transparent. Human. These three words come up again and again in conversations about creating and sustaining business relationships in the current marketplace. For lawyers, this really isn’t about a new way of relating to our clients, prospects and colleagues. It’s about getting back to our roots as service providers and connecting with the people behind the legal... Read More


March 12, 2009

what inspires you in the law and in life?

Many of the lawyers I talk to share that, at some point on their legal career path, they’ve realized that they’re uninspired by their work. For some, this realization has led to a job or career change. For others, it’s the start of long-term discontent. Recently, my daughter showed me an assignment from career week at her middle school. She had explored some career... Read More


February 26, 2009

recreating legal sanity

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl I’ve always been drawn to this quote. When faced with hard times and uncertainty, I think it’s human nature to look around us and think: “If I could just change this [job, relationship, assignment … you fill in the blank] things would be better and I’d... Read More


March 31, 2008

more on creating a connection culture in the law: managing the invisible and anxious lawyer

A few weeks back, I wrote about the importance of creating a connection culture in the law . One of the best ways for law firms to create connecting points for their lawyers is to gain insight into points of disconnection. As I’ve previously noted, two frequently cited causes of lawyer disconnect are the competitive nature of the business and long working hours. According... Read More


January 30, 2008

career customization for lawyers

In the last several years, I’ve logged a lot of online and offline hours learning, thinking and teaching about work-life synergy for lawyers (pdf). Although different issues converge under this umbrella, one topic that garners a lot of attention is flexible work options. It’s something I’ve addressed in posts on: Becoming more flexible Flexible work for lawyers  The... Read More



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