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INSIGHTS FOR THE MODERN WORKPLACE

Gather ‘Round the Table, Ya’ll

November 19, 2019

Want to know what I’m thankful for this year? Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s not because the food is delicious (although my sweet potatoes are amazing …). It’s because holiday meals are the perfect testing grounds for mediating disputes.   Think about …

Tis the Season to Be Stressed

October 23, 2019

When you think about it, October really is the start of the holiday season — at least in the workplace. November and December are booked solid with end-of-year corporate events and personal trips, making scheduling a beast and team productivity …

The Upside of Uncomfortable

September 17, 2019

I used to be a corporate litigator, so I’ve experienced my fair share of uncomfortable situations. As I’ve continued to navigate my career, though, I’ve realized that discomfort is an unavoidable part of every new step I take or goal …

Fringe Research: Communication in the Legal Profession

August 21, 2019

After studying civility and workplace communication in the legal profession with the NALP Foundation for over a year, it is time to start putting our finding to work! Check out our article, “An Exploration of Civility within the Legal Industry,” …

Where’s the Woke?

July 16, 2019

This June marked one of the most visible observances of Pride Month that our clients have ever seen. The celebration was certainly ubiquitous in my own city of D.C. Rainbow flags appeared not only above the basement bars in Dupont …

Can You Trust You?

May 13, 2019

If you’re anything like me, then your workdays can sometimes feel like playing Tetris while blindfolded — the next task always comes too fast and it’s hard to see how it’ll all fit into the carefully planned puzzle that is …

Humans > Robots

April 11, 2019

Next time you disagree with a co-worker, a neighbor, or your mother-in-law, pat yourself on the back. You’re doing your part to help save humanity. That’s because the delicate push-pull involved in resolving a challenge — i.e., engaging in productive …

How Not to Be an Email A$$hole

March 18, 2019

Yes, it’s 2019. We ping. We snap. We tweet. We deliver knockout client presentations over video chat and then high-five each other on Slack with dancing emoticons, impressed with our 21st-century prowess. But let’s face it: Email is still a …

How your “justs” aren’t doing justice to your reputation

February 13, 2019

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are — or as we are conditioned to see it.” This timeless quote by businessman and author Steven Covey reminds me that, as humans, we cannot help but interpret …

Why Everyone Needs a “Badass List” in 2019

January 16, 2019

Welcome to 2019, friends! I hope you had a chance to celebrate and recharge the past few weeks — the year ahead is bound to be as busy as ever. If you’re like me, you’ve already set out to conquer …