Thought For the Day

Getting to the top is not the only road to success.

Make sure you have a personal definition of success that works with your situation and circumstances.

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Learn to Play Golf FORE Business and Pleasure

I am a golfer, and I like to play golf.  It is an enjoyable, but sometimes frustrating, sport, and it is nice to play with friends.  However, the benefits of golf go far beyond personal life and have long fingers into business development.

The benefits of golf in business were illustrated at some length in the Washington Post today in an article titled, “Leader of the Tee World.”  This was not about some guy who owns a T-shirt shop.  It was, however, about some guy—specifically a young lawyer/lobbyist in DC named Tony Russo—who has perfected his golf game to the point where presidents and vice presidents—of the United States, that is—like to shoot a round with him.

The recent buzz about Tony Russo is because the US Open Golf Tournament is being played at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland this week.  That is right in my backyard, so I take particular notice.  Well, it is not exactly “right in my backyard” technically because I live on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, but it is close enough. “Right in my backyard—or front yard, as it is” would more accurately refer to the residents of homes surrounding the golf course who are renting out parking spaces in their front yards for early-bird tourney watchers.  But, not all for profit, you understand.  In fact, one goundskeeper told the press that his boss, the doctor/homeowner, was only charging money for parking on his lawn so that he could donate the money to charity.  Sure!  And we wonder what is wrong with health care in this country.  But….I digress……

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Thought For the Day

Do not live beyond your needs.  You want to have choices!

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Retention and Succession at Law Firms

Last week I was in NYC attending a Women Legal Conference presented by Ark Group. It is the second of the Women Legal conferences that I have attended, and I always am pleased with the interesting information shared by presenters and participants.  Here are some of the things discussed that I think will interest you.

 

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Thought For the Day

Never take “no” for an answer.  Find a way to turn “no”  into “yes”.

Be both persistent and intuitive.  It will pay off!

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Thought For the Day—Enjoy the Pursuit of Your Goals

Goals are only worth pursuing if you enjoy the pursuit.  There are just too many choices for anything else.

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A Good Week For Women

I hope that you have been watching what is going on at the NY TImes.  This week the Times announced that Jill Abramson will become the first executive editor of that venerable newspaper in its 160 year history.  Abramson, a former managing editor and head of the Washington Times bureau, was no shoe-in, however.  She said last week that her elevation to the top job “says if you set your mind to something and if you have the experience and the talent, you can get there.  And you can have a family.  I have two kids and a dog.”

The new managing editor who will replace Abramson in her old job, Dean Baquet, said it well.

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A We-Can-Do-Better Week for Women

Just as I was feeling all energized by the events at the NY Times and the appointment of the first woman executive editor in the 160-year history of the newspaper, I now find myself regretting that another woman is spoiling the moment.

That woman would be Sarah Palin, and she could have done so much better with her history lesson in Boston.  It is not so much that she did not understand the purpose of Paul Revere’s ride on April 18, 1775.  What is really important is that when she was confronted with her error, she could not admit it.  Instead, she tried to explain it away.  Well, if you have been watching the news in the last few days, it ain’t going away any time soon.

This is not a negative comment on Sarah Palin as much as a comment on how we take responsibility for our actions and our words.  There is no sin in admitting to a mistake, but some people simply cannot get there.  You have all seen this in action—the PR train wreck—he member of Congress getting further embroiled in his pathetic explanation or denial of his indiscretion.  An indiscretion is often much more forgivable than the lie it spawns in the coverup.

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