August 13, 2013 Practice Points

"Don't Just Survive, Thrive": A Recap of the July Regional Event

By Sabrina C. Beavens

On July 18th, WAC members and nonmembers gathered in more 30 cities across the country to network and listen to “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive,” a presentation by Nan Joesten of Rapid Evolution, LLC. Nan spoke about the five steps attorneys can take now to make their law practice a place where they thrive:

• Create a personal board of directors;

• Build optimism;

• Know what matters;

• Share your goals; and

• Use mentors.

Nan reminded attendees that we are often critical of ourselves because of things that are outside our control. For example, how often do we dwell on a loss in court that we had advised the client was the likely outcome? Nan also recommended that attorneys search “values exercise” online and complete one of the core values exercise worksheets that are published by several executive coaches. In addition, attendees were encouraged to strategically select people to be on their personal board of directors. Board members should be people who may have connections that will help you achieve your goals. They should also be good listeners who will provide you with no-nonsense feedback, and who may sponsor you and/or someone who may be an industry expert.

WAC members may view Nan’s PowerPoint presentation.

Keywords: woman advocate, litigation, advancement, regional event

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