Zen & the Art of Legal Networking

Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Follow the Yellow Brick Road – An Allegory for Rainmakers

The number one thing that lawyers have been talking about over the last month or so is business development and in this week’s rainmaking recommendation from expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, she talks about following the yellow brick road of rainmaking to business development success.

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In a very weird walk down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard for new clients and matters,  members of the executive committee of Gale, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, LLP, a 100+ lawyer firm are chanting  “Pandemics, Politics, and Recessions, Oh my,” over and over again through their masks.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast| Episode 16: Marga Wolpert-Witzel | Wolpert Rechtsanwaelte

Marga Wolpert-Witzel is the founding partner of Wolpert Rechtsanwälte, a firm specializing in intellectual property, competition and antitrust law in central Germany, and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, we discuss the benefits of a hybrid remote-working system on lawyers’ mental health and work-life balance, the ways in which Zoom has brought us closer than before, and how facing previous challenges set her up to face COVID-19 calmly. Tune in below!

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The Stockdale Paradox and its Pandemic Relevance

If you’ve been hanging around Zen for a while, you may have heard me mention one of my favorite business concepts, the Stockdale Paradox. It’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last several weeks (I’ll define it in a moment if you’re not familiar with it), because I’ve heard a lot of people saying things along the lines of “if we can just get through the next few months to 2021,” or “I can’t wait for this year to be over!” as if the pandemic or the economic crisis or in the case of the US, our elections, will solve all of the current issues that we’re facing.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: What Fears are Keeping You from Becoming a Rainmaker?

In the latest post from rainmaking expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, she delves into the fears that may be keeping you from becoming a rainmaker.

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Fear.

We all have fears.

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast| Episode 15: Olga Torres | Torres Law, International Trade & National Security

Olga Torres is the founding partner of Torres Law, International Trade & National Security, a boutique law firm with offices in Dallas, Texas and an appointment-only office in Washington, DC, and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, we delve into pivoting an in-person marketing and business development plan to a virtual one, the long-term effects of the pandemic on the way firms will do business, and how working virtually can bring a firm closer. Tune in below!

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Networking Happens Everywhere – the Quarantine Edition

Unless you’re new here (and if you are, welcome!), you’ll know that I often say that networking happens everywhere. So what happens when your “everywhere” gets slimmed down during a pandemic, and even when you ARE out and about, your (hopefully) smiling, open and friendly face is hidden behind a mask?

We adapt!

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: What Rainmakers Do Differently Than Other Attorneys

Do you wonder what makes rainmakers stand out from other lawyers? This week, trainer and expert, Jaimie Field, discusses what sets rainmakers apart.

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The things that Rainmakers do differently from other attorneys are very simple (but not necessarily easy):

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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast| Episode 14: Sebastian Lopez-Sanson | SyLS

Sebastian López-Sansón is the founding partner of Salaberren & López-Sansón Abogados (SyLS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, we discuss the challenges of cultural differences when having to migrate all of your networking and business development online, while working will never be fully remote, and how taking care of your colleagues’ emotional needs should always come first. Tune in below!

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Leadership Excellence in the Time of COVID – the Disney Philosophy we Need

It should come as no surprise that my most sought after post for this year is one about leadership excellence – in a time when many of us are trying to find our way in uncharted waters, seeking advice from someone with a tried and true philosophy can feel comforting and stabilizing.

While it’s no secret that Disney has had their ups and downs this year too (how could they not, being in the tourism industry during such a unique period?), their translatable philosophy still holds a lot of wisdom for the rest of us. I wanted to share some of the highlights with you again, in the context of the current environment. This advice comes from a presentation that Jeff Williford from the Disney Institute gave several years ago, but still holds true today.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Build your Network Now! (7 Steps for Building a Network During a Pandemic)

This week’s Rainmaking Recommendation from coach and expert, Jaimie Field, talks about one of my favorite topics – network building! Read on for her advice.

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An old Chinese proverb says:

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.”

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