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LawBiz® TIPS – Week of October 4, 2016

This week of the new year for some has many nuances. The death of a former national leader and Pulitzer Prize winner for helping commence a difficult peace dialogue. And much turmoil in our country during perhaps the most negative and unusual Presidential campaign in our country's history.

We need to listen to one another; respect one another; and honor one another's differences.

In the midst of our differences, to those celebrating in this holiday time, Happy New Year!

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Learning from the Candidates: Part I

A piece of advice that spans generations and facets of life is to learn from any and all people and situations possible. Currently, we are in the midst of a contentious presidential race between two candidates who, according to the news media, are the most hated two candidates certainly in recent memory and perhaps ever.

Because the two candidates are so disrespected, they are a good test of the advice that we can learn from everyone. We are going to examine each candidate to see what he or she has said that is insightful. We’ll go alphabetically by last name, so in this column we’ll start with Hillary Clinton. Next week, we’ll look at Donald Trump.

"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."
If you want to attract new attention, update your practice with new furniture, new billing, new marketing, a new blog or website, a new office, a new practice area, etc.

"When families are strong, America is strong."
Working hard in your law practice is good, but you need to have a solid work-life balance so that you can have success in all areas of your life.

"There is no one formula for how women should lead our lives."
This advice holds true for everyone. As a lawyer, you should think outside the box. You don’t have to follow the same footsteps as all other lawyers.

"Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it."
I have always advocated soliciting feedback from clients. Feedback will help you become a lawyer more attuned to your clients’ needs and desires.

"Love trumps hate."
As a business owner, you have a legal obligation to treat all employees fairly and not discriminate based on sex, religion, race, etc. And by treating all people fairly, you will gain respect from colleagues and clients, increasing referrals from both.

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Learning from the Candidates: Part I

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