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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Dealing with Difficult People - The Provocateur

Just because other people are fueled by drama, doesn’t mean you need to attend the performance. – Cheryl Richardson I was busily working away at my new firm when the head of my department crept into my office, eyes wide.  She hunched her shoulders down, looked around to make sure no one else was within earshot and said in a hushed tone, “Do you have a second?  I have to tell you something.”  She closed my office door.  She proceeded to tell me that a colleague had a problem with some work that I had done.  Her story didn’t ring…

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This Is What Happens When Your Employees Become Brand Ambassadors

We live in a technological revolution. The majority of the masses are on their smartphones, browsing through different social media platforms. Social media has taken the tech world by storm. Using social media to gain traffic is not a foreign concept. In fact, it is arguably the most favored mode of content marketing. In recent years, we have seen the emergence of leveraging Employee Advocacy as a new means of social media marketing, and living in a world where peer influence is predominant, a company’s employees are the avenues to engage and interact with the consumers. We have shifted from…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Every Told Me: Visioning Really Works

As I was approaching thirty years of working full-time, I began much more flexibility in my daily schedule.  My dream was to be able to set my own schedule instead of adhering to the schedule of others.  Unfortunately, I could not see any viable way to make that happen, since I was working in a big firm where time seemed to be the master of us all.  Over time, my frustration began to build.  Whenever I became frustrated, I began to write out what I wanted my daily life to look like.  Dreams – even those that seem impossible –…

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Connecting with Your Community Through Service

Can you truly be selfless when you’re doing something good for others? Is there such a thing as a selfless good deed? For those of you of who were philosophy majors, maybe you spent entire semesters debating the morality of your actions. For me, I attribute most of my philosophical musings on whether you can truly be completely selfless to some couch conversations while watching “The Good Place.” Even though I probably didn’t start thinking about how a good deed made me feel until Chidi started teaching us all a little bit more about philosophy, I have always thought about…

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Reality Check: Are you Staying True to Yourself?

“Run Your Own Race.” “Just Do You.” “Comparison is the Thief of Joy.”  There are multiple quotes and phrases to remind you to stay in your lane so to speak, and focus on what is important to you both professionally and personally.  In the practice of law, I frequently have to remind myself to slow down and stay focused on things that are important to me. We are all different.  Our goals are different.  The things that bring each of us joy……guess what, they are different.  Some people get a real charge out of billing over 200 hours a month…

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Mid Year Check In- Time to Connect with Yourself!

We are more than half way done with 2020. For most of us, this year has already been more eventful than we would have liked. For all of us, the year has brought a series of changes. When I applied to be Ms. JD Writer in Residence and proposed a topic focusing on the benefits of having a sense of community, I could not have dreamed about the reality we are living in today. I imagined writing articles about networking or finding a community of women who share your ethnic background or hobbies. But 2020 forced us all to rethink…

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The Benefits of Voluntary Bar Associations: A Q and A with Nicole Del Rio

We hear about the importance of being involved in different organizations all the time. While this column focuses on connection, I want to remind all the young lady lawyers out there that yes, it is ok to take a step back if you have to rethink how you spend your time. You will not gain anything out of participation in a voluntary bar association if you are stretched too thin. Joining a voluntary bar association can be incredibly rewarding for lady lawyers. To offer a young lady lawyer’s perspective, I’ve asked some questions from Nicole Del Rio, Staff Attorney at…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Why If You’re Hysterical, It’s Historical

I had been having problems with my email lately. I dreaded calling technical support, since my experience in the past involved sitting for a long time on hold and listening to someone reading from a script instead of thinking creatively about my problem. However, since I could not fix the problem myself and I felt I had no other options, I called my internet service provider’s technical support line. True to form, after thirty minutes on the phone we had barely moved past the point where I had repeated my name and account number to four different people. Then, after…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Academic Excellence Will Only Get You So Far

“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” - Thomas Wolfe My friend’s 16-year old daughter loves to cook.  She takes the culinary class offered at her school, pores over the glossy photos in cookbooks and makes a mean pineapple chicken.  When I asked if she was going to pursue culinary arts in college she sighed and said that she didn’t want to work in the restaurant business.  She explained that the hours were terrible and a lot of restaurants fail. My stepson is really good with kids.  It is…

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Straight Talk About Parenting in the Time of COVID-19 (5/28 at 12 PM ET & PT)

We invite you to join our Virtual Pizza Party on Thursday, May 28 at 12 PM ET and 12 PM PT featuring Liz Polizzi Oertle, CEO and Co-founder of Nanno.com. You bring the pizza, and we'll bring an engaging conversation about parenting as well as an activity page for kids to perform in the meantime.  RSVP here: https://lnkd.in/dQvqx2S

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