Lacking Motivation?

I don't know about you, but in this busy world it can be tough for me to find the motivation to get things done.  In this article, the Muse discusses lack of motivation and suggests tips on getting things done. Do you have any tips for getting things done?

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Learning to Say No

Young lawyers are constantly bombarded by partners, other young lawyers, friends, relatives, and members of their communities (business and charitable) to give more and more of their time to various projects, organizations, and work.   However, young attorneys easily over commit by simply saying “yes” to every activity that comes through the door. Being new to the profession, we want to impress others and show people what we are made of.   This article  sums up two major points of why saying “no” is important in your work life—why say “no” in the first place and why “no” isn’t a bad word.   “Because people are expected to be agreeable, you might think that saying ‘no’ means you’re being disagreeable. That’s not really the case: you’re just saying you can’t do what is being asked of you.” – Mark Wilson, Esq.  

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Salary Negotiations

Salary negotiations can be a challenge for anyone, especially young attorneys.  Many young attorneys aren't sure if it is appropriate to negotiate, or how to even get started in the negotiations process. It seems that women are less likely to negotiate their salaries then men are.  Many people theorize that one of the big reasons for the salary gap between men and women is that women don't try to negotiate their salaries.  Even Sheryl Sandberg, in her book Lean In, discusses her own stress about negotiating her salary when she joined Facebook.   Watch her talk about salary negotiations here. Additionally, the Corporette blog had an interesting discussion this week about how (and when) to negotiate salary and benefits. Read it here: Corporette Have you negotiated your salary and/or benefits? If so, what tips do you have?

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Leading Litigators

How many times have you gone to trial? Many litigators will happily reflect on their experiences in Court.  It always makes me smile when a litigator’s account of their trial sounds as if he or she were Matlock or Perry Mason acting alone as the sole advocate for their client.  In reality very few attorneys prepare for trial by themselves, but rather have surrounded themselves with a trial team.  Of course every team has a leader.  When it comes to battles in the courtroom, how many trial leaders are female? I know for many young lawyers participating in a trial is exciting enough, and the idea of leading the battle is a distant (hopefully not too distant) dream.  However, the Philadelphia Business Journal just reported that women are still “significantly underrepresented as lead trial lawyers.”  Do you agree? How can we make this change?  

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Mommy Guilt is Real, but We Shouldn’t Feel so Guilty

I find that at times the working mom guilt can be overwhelming.  My son the other day commented how all of his friends at school “get picked up by their mommies.”  He was quick to highlight that “I NEVER pick him up!”  Which of course is not true, but then I didn’t want to start a debate with my five year old on why I work. I loved this article by Gabriel Fischer.  His words were so encouraging to me and the message that my employment has a “long-lasting, positive effect” on my children made me smile.   Anything that helps reduce the mommy guilt is a great read! The guilt many working mothers confess to may be real, but it’s looking less and less warranted."  --Gabriel Fisher

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Do you think differently when wearing a suit?

In this April 2015 article, the Atlantic summarizes this fascinating study about how wearing a suit impacts the wearer's thinking. I have often thought about how the formality of my dress impact others' perception of me, but I don't know that I have given much consideration to how it impacts my own thinking.  According to this study, more formal clothes make us feel more powerful, and thus change how we see the world.  I guess there is some truth to the term "power suit." So readers, what work wear makes you feel the most powerful?

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