- Law Society of Upper Canada (2013). Free e-book. A Guide to Business Development for Women Lawyers.
- Coulter, Sylvia (2004). The Woman Lawyer’s Rainmaking Game: How to Build a Successful Legal Practice. Little Falls, NJ: Glasser Legal Works. (Available from www.west.thomson.com)
This book comes with a big price tag $89 US but packs a lot of value. It is my top recommendation for learning how to bring in new clients to your practice and your firm.
- Goulston, Mark (2010). Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. New York, NY: AMACON.
The single most important skill for a professional is that which is most-frequently overlooked – listening. Everyone could do with investing in developing their listening ability (including me)! This book tells you how.
- Allen, David (2001). Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity. New York, NY: Penguin.
One April long weekend several years ago I implemented the full “Getting Things Done” system. For lawyers I think the system as a whole can be too complex. What I recommend is reading the book and putting into action the systems and processes that best suit your way of working. The book has lots of great ideas you can easily implement.
- Dr. Steel, Piers (2011). The Procrastination Equation. Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Great Britain: Pearson Education Limited.
A fabulous book full of procrastination-busting tips. Even if you are too much of a procrastinator to get through the whole book, a quick scan read will give you lots of good tips to action.
Your Professional Foundation
- Goldsmith, Marshall (2007). What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. New York, NY: Hyperion.
Goldsmith is one of the world’s best leadership coaches. This book is an entertaining read as well as a valuable tool for facing down the annoying habits that are getting in the way of your professional growth. (This book is especially valuable for those of you who think you don’t have any annoying habits!)
- Schwartz, Tony (2011). Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This is the guidebook to many of the energy-sustaining practices for working smarter not harder. Do check out the related website www.theenergyproject.com.
- Ury, William (2007). The Power of a Positive No. New York, NY: Random House.
This is the text book for learning how to say no in a way that is effective, in alignment with your priorities and values and in a manner which preserves relationships. If you are “no-challenged” this is a must-read!