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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner:  Fit In Or Blend In- What’s Your Personal Brand Strategy?

I had a client ask me a very important question the other day.  This client is a business consultant and comes from a background in mid-sized corporations to now owning her own consulting practice. Her problem was not understanding the shifts that have occurred in mid-sized companies in terms of people positioning and brand appeal.  As a result, she is never quiet sure how to show up as a personal brand for clients and prospects in this space.Her question: is it better for me to be branded for work with mid-size companies and just blend in so I don't rock…

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Lateral Link Job of the Week!

 Today’s Job of the Week, provided by Lateral Link, presents an excellent opportunity for attorneys specializing in Private Equity / M&A work at an Am Law 100 firm in Chicago. Home to an abundance of international corporate headquarters and U.S.-based operations, the city has continued to grow into a burgeoning center for global business. If you’re interested or know someone interested in this kind of work, it’s worth taking a look at this opportunity.Position: Private Equity / Venture Capital PartnerDescription: Chicago office of prominent Am Law 100 firm is seeking a Private Equity / Venture Capital partner with portable business of at…

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Lateral Link’s JOB OF THE WEEK!

Editor's Note: Lateral Link's Job of the Week is a new feature at Ms. JD. Register at Lateral Link to find other job opportunities in your area. Today’s Job of the Week, provided by Lateral Link, presents a great opportunity for a Real Estate Finance Associate at a top firm in the Lone Star State. If you’re interested in being part of some of the state’s biggest real estate transactions, this may just be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.Position: Real Estate Finance Associate.Description: A Texas firm is looking to fill a Real Estate Finance Associate in multiple offices throughout the state.…

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Lateral Link and Ms. JD are proud to present the Dallas Women’s Mid-Level Associate Forum  

  You are cordially invited to the Dallas Women's Mid-Level Associate Forum (WMLAF), an opportunity for all women associates in the Dallas area to meet, network and share ideas and thoughts.  In addition, a panel of female leaders in the legal industry will provide their insight, wisdom and share their own personal experiences about their legal careers and the path that lead them to where they are today.The event will be held from 3pm to 5:30pm, on September 14, 2012. Presented by Lateral Link and Ms. JD, scroll down to read about the details and timeline of the event, as well…

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Interview Like a Pro; By May Smythe, Esq.

Beginning a career in the law presents a series of hurdles that starts with prepping for the LSAT, law school applications, and getting the hang of playing hide the ball, otherwise known as the Socratic method.  You make it through your seemingly never-ending first year and lo and behold you did pretty well.  Unfortunately, the work isn’t over.  Next come the interviews.  That’s what this is about after all – landing a job as a lawyer. Whether you are going through the on campus interview process in hopes of scoring a coveted summer clerkship or making a lateral move at…

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Top 10 Survival Tips for the First-Year Associate, By Gloria Noh Cannon, Esq.

Congratulations!  You’ve survived the bar exam and are hopefully about to embark on a well-deserved,  post-bar exam trip.  I fondly remember the two months I spent traveling throughout Europe – Paris, Amsterdam, Italy, Germany and Prague – before embarking on life as a BigLaw associate.   Enjoy this time because your fall start date will be here before you know it.  For most of you, your law firm job will be the first professional job you’ve had since graduating from college.  Being a new associate at a law firm can be quite stressful since it’s hard to know what to expect. …

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Shauna C. Bryce Esq.

Being A Manager Doesn’t Make You A Leader (And Vice Versa!)

I recently did a blog post on the Fallacy of the Big Idea. It generated a comment about other common fallacies in the professional world, including the difference between “busy” and “productive.” Are You Too Busy To Be Productive?One of these fallacies is that “manager” and “leader” are interchangeable. They’re not.A manager carries out a corporate vision by setting policies, by implementing procedures and best practices, and by supervising employees who execute those policies, procedures, and practices.A leader sets that corporate vision, develops global strategies to achieve it, and inspires others to commit to it as well.Being a great manager…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: How Do You Perceive Yourself?

We are often preaching the personal branding concept that "perception is reality". What we mean is that someone else's perception of you is their reality and thus, correct- you can't expect them to perceive you otherwise, at least not at first.But the real inquiry is how do you perceive yourself.  This is the starting point for our personal brand analysis because if you don't know how you see yourself, then how can we alter your personal brand to serve you well.It seems the entertainment industry is on board with this simple, yet powerful premise, too.  I heard an interesting statement…

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How to Work the Room-Tips for Making the Most of a Networking Event: By Katy Lewis, ESQ

The dreaded networking event.  For most people it conjures up images of, to quote my colleague Julie Locke in a prior Lateral Link blog post, “boring cocktail events filled with people in suits wearing name tags, carrying wine in a plastic cup, hoping to engage in at least one awkward conversation so they appear to know somebody.”   But, with a little preparation and follow through, networking events can actually be fun and rewarding.  My training in the art of networking started early in life under the tutelage of the King of Schmooze – my Dad.  A former used-car-salesman turned tax attorney/CPA with…

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Katy Goshtasbi

Personal Branding Corner: Personal Brand Attributes Of A Successful Lawyer/Business Owner

After years of running a business and working with business owners/professionals on their personal brand development, we've come up with a set up attributes that are always powerful personal brand developers for a successful business owner.The first attribute is organized.  A successful business owner is organized with his/her time, money, staff and clientele.  If you are organized, then you come across as organized and someone who can take care of my needs as a client.  This same organization is necessary at home, too.  We've had many occasions to go into client's homes/closets.  We've found a definite correlation between how organized…

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