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A great business development guide for women lawyers

November 8, 2014

Looking for a guide to business development for women lawyers? I have found a great resource for you!

I was doing some research this week and came across  A Guide to Business Development for Women Lawyers. It was prepared by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and after giving it a quick read yesterday I have concluded this is a must read for any woman lawyer in private practice.  If you are a senior lawyer it is a good resource to share with your mentees. This guide has specific and actionable business development tips for women lawyers, and valuable quotes from many women lawyers.

And it’s free!

This Guide to Business Development for Women Lawyers covers all the most critical topics – everything from dealing with imposter syndrome to how to ask for business.

Kudos to The Justicia Project Business Development Working Group and the women lawyers who took the time to share their practical experience and insight:

  • Samantha Alfonzo, Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP – Hamilton, ON
  • Ellen Bessner, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP – Toronto, ON
  • Elizabeth M. Brown, Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Steward Storie LLP – Toronto, ON
  • Mary Catherine Chambers, Partner, Buset & Partners LLP – Thunder Bay, ON
  • Mary M.S. Fox, Founding Partner, Ducharme Fox LLP – Windsor, ON
  • Mandy Fricot, Lawyer, Fricot Law – Thunder Bay, ON
  • Marie Heinen, Lawyer, Henein and Associates – Toronto, ON
  • Cheryl Hodder, QC, Partner, McInnes Cooper – Halifax, NS
  • Deborah A. Humphreys, Weiler Maloney Nelson – Thunder Bay, ON
  • Tanya A. Leedale, Partner, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP – Oakville, ON
  • Barbara Legate, Personal Injury Lawyer, Legate & Associates – London, ON
  • Laurie Pawlitza, Partner, Torkin Manes LLP & Immediate Past Treasurer, the Law Society of Upper Canada – Toronto, ON
  • Janice Payne, Partner, Nelligan O’Brien Payne – Ottawa, ON
  • Corina Weigl, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP – Toronto, ON
  • Heather Williams, Cavanagh LLP – Ottawa, ON

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Women in Law – Unintentional Career Stumbling Blocks

October 24, 2011

Anne is a good fit for her corporate legal practice and could really enjoy the work and her colleagues but she is constantly in fear of making an error.  Joanne is at the office long hours and yet her billings are low because she under rates her value as a lawyer.  Sue is a smart and talented mid-level associate who lacks confidence in her abilities.  There are many challenges for women in legal practice and one important one is an internal challenge: lack of self-confidence.

In their blog post for the Harvard Business Review,  Four Ways Women Stunt Their Careers Unintentionally, Jill Flynn, Kathryn Heath, and Mary Davis Holt discuss the small shifts in thinking and perspective that can help women professionals:

“What we’ve found in our work is that career momentum for women is not about adding job skills but about changing everyday thinking and behaviors. We don’t think the majority of high-performing women need to make major changes. Small adjustments in how they think and act can improve not only how confident they seem, but how confident they feel.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Coaching is an effective tool for surfacing confidence challenges and addressing them.  Lack of confidence is not something women just have to “live with”.  If you lack confidence then I urge you to work with a coach or other related professional to help you grow your appreciation for your strengths and attributes.

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Four principles for meeting the demands of work

May 29, 2010

Too much to do, too little time.  I can’t think of a single person who isn’t dealing with this challenge on a daily basis.  Even the retired people I know report they are busier than ever!

I have had both men and women tell me that they feel they are failing at both main areas of their life – personal and professional because there is not enough time to fully dedicate to both.

Many of my coaching clients come to me because they feel out of control.  They are caught up in a whirlpool of deadlines and are desperate to find their way out and back to calmer waters,

In my work as a professional coach I have come across four simple principles that have made a significant difference for me and for my clients. They aren’t in themselves a recipe for success but rather a rough guide to what has worked for some of us along the way.   Read More

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