Being Mindful of and Fighting the Hazards of “The Three Ps”
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by leadingaslawyers
1M ago
Some of us will choose to embrace the Three Ps, and we may become very successful lawyers but may find that we have sacrificed more than we bargained on in the process. Jack H. (Nick) McCall Retired Senior Attorney; Tennessee Valley Authority Recently, I was discussing some of the challenges that often make the practice of law so vexing and grueling with my longtime friend Rodd Barckhoff (a UT Law adjunct professor and fellow Ritchie, Fels & Dillard clerkship colleague from law school days). As we talked, Professor Barckhoff and I discussed three of the most treacherous traits ..read more
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Lawyer-Leadership through Happiness: Harnessing Each Moment
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1M ago
A leader’s happiness alone may serve as an inspiration to others. Joan MacLeod Heminway Interim Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law University of Tennessee College of Law Leadership, like mindfulness practices, involves understanding that each moment is unique. Each moment offers a new opportunity to develop a new and powerfully positive habit, to reach out to someone and form a new human bond, to refocus energy and attention on what is good and what is right. Each moment offers a new opportunity to lead and be happy – and the ..read more
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Compete with Yourself
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by leadingaslawyers
2M ago
“There is no better rival than the person you were yesterday.” Alex Wright Hardwick Fellow University of Tennessee College of Law, Class of 2023 I remember an embarrassing story from when I was in second grade. We were playing this game where it was a one-on-one competition to say the answer to the math question first in front of the class. I was cruising along and crushing everyone in the class until I abruptly lost. The class exploded in cheers and I remember bursting into tears and crying into my arms in front of the entire class. I wanted to beat everyone and when I failed to do so ..read more
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The Chemistry of Leadership
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by leadingaslawyers
3M ago
In order to succeed as lawyers while leading, we must react and cooperate, advocate with empathy, and earn respect by giving respect.  Sarah Beth Cain Hardwick Fellow University of Tennessee College of Law, Class of 2023 As a child, I quickly recognized what would certainly be one of the most dangerous enemies that I would confront in my adult life: hot lava. To prepare myself mentally and physically for the day on which I would inevitably be faced with my nemesis, I spent entire afternoons jumping from couch to couch in the living room – perfecting the movements necessary to avoid ..read more
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The Unexpected Influence of Mentorship
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by leadingaslawyers
8M ago
But if you use [mentorship] relationships to unselfishly engage in reflection and related professional and personal growth, you will experience positive change and growth, even if you cannot immediately see it in yourself. Will Salisbury University of Tennessee College of Law, Class of 2022 As someone about to graduate, I never expected to write a blog article for The University of Tennessee College of Law. In fact, I wasn’t planning on putting these words to paper at all, until I was prompted to do so during a weekly mentoring meeting. My mentor had earlier suggested that I share some o ..read more
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The Unlikely Avenue from Hopeful Environmental Litigator to Inspired Transactional Lawyer
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by leadingaslawyers
1y ago
If there’s one piece of advice I would want to share with first-year and second-year law students, it is that they should not readily abandon heartfelt goals and passions when faced with challenges but, instead, identify and explore alternative paths to overcome those challenges. Ashley Burlesci-Niukkanen University of Tennessee College of Law, Class of 2022 I came to law school to be an environmental law litigator. Now, going into my last semester, I am planning on being a transactional attorney. My involvement in the UT chapter of Animal Legal Defense Fund and independent animal libera ..read more
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In Praise of Imperfections
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by leadingaslawyers
1y ago
“Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” – Ziad Abdelnour Laura S. Woods Senior Counsel, Eastman Chemical Company “Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.” – Ziad Adelnour I attended a three-day leadership seminar for women recently. One evening included a panel of female executives, and one of those panelists shared the above quote with us. It was both refreshing and intimidating to think about the concept. On the one hand: “Hallelujah! Perfection is not expected, regardless of what you see on social media and through other outlets.” Qu ..read more
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Leadership Musings, Goal-Setting, and the New Year: A Colloquy
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by leadingaslawyers
1y ago
The holiday season is always a time of gratitude, giving, and contemplation for me . . . As the pandemic continues for a second holiday season, I find myself reflecting on 2020 and 2021 in powerful ways. Joan MacLeod Heminway & Stefan Kostas Joan:       The holiday season is always a time of gratitude, giving, and contemplation for me. It conjures up all kinds of thoughts and emotions. As the pandemic continues for a second holiday season, I find myself reflecting on 2020 and 2021 in powerful ways. For me, 2020 was a year in which we learn ..read more
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Avoiding the Trap of Lawyer Arrogance
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by leadingaslawyers
1y ago
We, as lawyers and judges, are the primary mechanism for upholding and strengthening the rule of law. If we cannot attract the interest and respect of our fellow citizens in this vital effort, then our national democracy, in theory and practice, may be in serious jeopardy. Jack H. (Nick) McCall Retired Senior Attorney and Deputy Agency Ethics Official, Tennessee Valley Authority If there is a collective sin or negative emotion typically associated with lawyers, it can be defined by one word: arrogance. Not self-confidence (certainly, a necessary lawyerly skill or trait), but condesc ..read more
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The Power of Networking: Key to Building Leadership Capacity and Employment Prospects
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by leadingaslawyers
1y ago
The connections we make can help us not just broaden our own network but further add value to the organizations, teams, and associations of which we are already members. Kayla Moran University of Tennessee College of Law Class of 2022 Many of us think of networking as a way to get our next job and how to move forward in our careers. That may be the primary purpose of networking. But our ability to make connections (and then leverage them)—whether for employment or skill building—and create new opportunities through these connections also are building blocks to great leadership.  The ..read more
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