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Leadership & Success
"Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders." ~Tom Peters
"Take me to your leader." ~Most Aliens
This section of the collection offers strategies for success, models of leadership, and stories of inspiration and aspiration to help you manifest and focus your career. Learn to be the kind of person who people look up to, a person who commands respect, a person who aliens are always clamoring to meet for some reason. Or, you know, be a really good lawyer.
Ask a Manager
The Ask a Manager blog is another excellent resource for leadership in all walks. Get real-world advice and answers to specific queries and an overview of frequent hurdles in a rapidly changing world of business.
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From the Collection
A Life Rewritten by
Call Number: BF637 .J39 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Call Number: BF637 .S4 Z33 2012
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Written lists have a way of transforming your hopes into dreams, your dreams into plans, and your plans into reality. The 10 book, our latest addition to the bestselling Life By the Numbers series, is an inspirational guide to creating these lifelists, helping you to realize your biggest dreams.
How Remarkable Women Lead by
Call Number: BF637.L4 B36 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-29
Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It's the new ""right stuff"" of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world. The authors, McKinsey & Company consultants Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, establish the links between joy, happiness, and distinctive performance with the groundbreaking model of Centered Leadership. The book's personal stories and related insights show you the magic that happens when you put the five elements of Centered Leadership-meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing-to work. They include: How Alondra de la Parra built on her strengths and passions to infuse her life with meaning and make her way in the male-dominated world of orchestra conducting How Andrea Jung, the CEO of Avon, avoided a downward spiral when the company turned down by "firing herself" on Friday and re-emerging on Monday as the "new" turnaround CEO How Ruth Porat's sponsors at Morgan Stanley
Getting More by
Call Number: BF637.N4 D53 2010
Publication Date: 2010-12-28
This new model of human interaction has been chosen by Google to train the entire company worldwide (30,000 employees), is the #1 book for your career chosen by The Wall Street Journal's website, and is labeled "phenomenal" by Lawyers' Weekly and "brilliant" by Liza Oz of the Oprah network. Based on more than 20 years of research and practice among 30,000 people in 45 countries, Getting More concludes that finding and valuing the other party's emotions and perceptions creates far more value than the conventional wisdom of power and logic. It is intended to provide better agreements for everyone no matter what they negotiate - from jobs to kids to billion dollar deals to shopping. The book, a New York Times bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal business best seller, is based on Professor Stuart Diamond's award-winning course at the Wharton Business School, where the course has been the most popular over 13 years. It challenges the conventional wisdom on every page, from "win-win" to BATNA to rationality to the use of power. Companies have made billions of dollars so far using his new model and parents have gotten their 4-year-olds to willingly brush their teeth and go to bed. Prof. Diamond draws from his experience as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at The New York Times, Harvard-trained attorney, Wharton MBA, U.N. Consultant in many countries and manager and executive in many sectors, including technology, agriculture, medical services, finance, energy and aviation. "The ROI from reading Getting More will make it the best investment you make this year," says Rhys Dekle, the business development head of the Microsoft Games division, which produces X-Box. He added that the book was his team's best investment of the year too. The model was also used to quickly solve the 2008 Hollywood Writer's Strike. The advice is addressed through the insightful stories of more than 400 people who have used Prof. Diamond's tools with great success: A 20% savings on an item already on sale. An extra $300 million profit in a business. A woman from India getting out of her own arranged marriage. Better relationships with the family, including teenagers. Raises at work. Better jobs. Dealing with emotional situations. Meeting one's goals. Finding better things to trade. Solving cultural and political problems, sports conflicts, and ordinary arguments. The book is intended to be used in any situation. The most common response is "life changing", beginning on page one.
"The most inspirational book I have read this year" said David Simon, an attorney in San Francisco, CA.
"This book can change the world," says Craig Silverman, Investment Advisor, Long Island, NY
Grit to Great by
Call Number: BF637.S8 K346 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
And that claim is backed up by new research from MacArthur Fellowship Award winner and University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth, among others. Not everyone is blessed with exceptional intelligence or wins the gene lottery. But the good news is that you can excel beyond your wildest dreams in your career and your personal life-success is within your grasp-through the right attitude and determination. The authors personally know of what they are writing about. They grew up in the Bronx, with no money or connections. But through dint of hard work and perseverance, they rose to the top of the advertising world, as CEO and president, respectively, of the Kaplan Thaler Group and Publicis USA, creating and orchestrating world-famous advertising campaigns such as the Aflac duck and Clairol Herbal Essence. In their meetings with executives from around the world, they have seen firsthand the power of grit in helping women and men advance in their careers. In Grit to Great, they offer a rich narrative from the front lines of business on the impact determination, hard work, and focused attention have on getting ahead, whether you are an entry-level new hire or a seasoned veteran eager to advance your career. Written in the same entertaining and compelling fashion that made The Power of Nicea national bestseller, they offer a wealth of strategies and research on how to turn potential into performance, and how to compete-and win-against anyone, no matter how smart or connected they may be. Grit to Greatis the perfect gift for any friend, employee, or graduating student about to enter the job market. It turns out there is a secret to success-and it's one each and every one of us has complete control over. This book shows you how to reallyget ahead. So, let's get to work.
The Power of Significance by
Call Number: BF637.S8 M39 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, shows you how to achieve a life of purpose and meaning in this compact new book derived from his previous title, Intentional Living. We all have a longing to be significant, to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But know this: you don't have to be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference. You can be significant starting today--if you know your purpose. In THE POWER OF SIGNIFICANCE, you will find the pathway to a life that matters. Drawing on over 50 years of experience helping people around the world, John Maxwell gives practical guidance and motivation to get you started on your unique personal path to significance. Learn how to find your why, start small but believe big, and live every day as if it matters--because it does!
Total Leadership by
Call Number: HD57.7 .F7515 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
"Students talk about Stewart D. Friedman, a management professor at the Wharton School, with a mixture of earnest admiration, gratitude and rock star adoration." --New York Times
Now more than ever, your success as a leader isn't just about being a great businessperson. You've got to be a great person, performing well in all domains of your life--your work, your home, your community, and your private self. That's a tall order. The good news is that, contrary to conventional wisdom about "balance," you don't have to assume that these domains compete in a zero-sum game. Total Leadership is a game-changing blueprint for how to perform well as a leader not by trading off one domain for another, but by finding mutual value among all four. The author shows you how to achieve these "four-way wins" as a leader who can:
· Be real: Act with authenticity by clarifying what's important
· Be whole: Act with integrity by respecting the whole person
· Be innovative: Act with creativity by experimenting to find new solutions
With engaging examples and clear instruction, Friedman provides more than thirty hands-on tools for using these proven principles to produce stronger business results, find clearer purpose in what you do, feel more connected to the people who matter most, and generate sustainable change. Most leadership development books focus only on your professional skills, while books about personal growth concentrate on your needs beyond work. Total Leadership is different. It's a unique and long-awaited resource that shows how to win in all domains of life.
Do Over by
Call Number: HF5381 .A515 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
It took me sixteen years to write this book. That breaks down to a brisk twelve words per day. But it wasn't the writing that took so long . . . It was the working. I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty- You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you've had it since day one. Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you've had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common- relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each of those, to one degree or another. Now it's time to amplify them and apply them in a new way, creating a Career Savings Account. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over - whether you're twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two. You'll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You'll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you've always wanted! Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA because you'll eventually face at least one of these major transitions- You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself. You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive. You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos. You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it. It took me sixteen years to figure out how to call a Do Over on my career. Please don't wait sixteen more seconds before starting yours.
'You have the power to give yourself a fresh start. Jon Acuff shows you how.' ~Sophia Amoruso, author of #Girlboss
'As Abraham Lincoln once said, being forced into work you don't love is like paying to upgrade your cell phone to the latest model- no one should have to do that! Fortunately, you don't need to do at least one of these things anymore. Take it from me and from Honest Abe- Jon's book can get you unstuck.' ~Chris Guillebeau, author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
'Do Over is an energetic, user-friendly guide to navigating the jumps, bumps, and ceilings that we all face in our careers.' ~Adam Grant, author of Give and Take
'Do Over is funny, insightful, and well-written. Three reasons I resent Jon Acuff.' ~Jim Gaffigan, comedian and author of Food- A Love Story
'Honest, funny, helpful, fresh- there's a long list of words to describe the wisdom you'll find in Do Over. I dare you to read the first few pages of this book. If you're like me, you won't be able to stop. I have ordered a copy for every member of my team.' ~Michael Hyatt, author of Platform
'Big dreams often start with big books. Do Over is one of them. The impact this book is going to have on the careers and lives of people across the world is going to be really fun to watch!' ~Andy Andrews, author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift
'Jon Acuff serves up heaping portions of sage advice with a healthy side of self-deprecating humor. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I found myself nodding, laughing, and getting my toes stepped all over in a good way throughout these pages.' ~Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and author of Say Goodbye
Get Ahead by Going Abroad by
Call Number: HF5382.55 .Y43 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-04
As companies expand their international operations, smart women who are prepared to pursue opportunities overseas can dramatically accelerate their careers, enjoying high-profile projects, bigger promotions, and impressive financial rewards. Get Ahead by Going Abroad is the go-to resource that reveals how women, single or married, can leverage this trend to showcase their skills and move up quickly on their own terms. Written by two women who did so with huge success, the book is packed with candid, instructive anecdotes and examples from their own and others' experiences, and step-by-step guidance for securing and succeeding in an international position. Yeatman and Berdan show how women at every level can benefit from an overseas posting: young professionals seeking to break out from the pack, mid-career women interested in new challenges with increased responsibility, or senior executives in pursuit of positions in executive management. Get Ahead by Going Abroad helps you get further, faster; and have fun along the way. It gives you the strategies to land the assignment, thrive in the job, and enjoy the lifestyle abroad.
Find Your Extraordinary by
Call Number: HF5386 .H4357 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, Jessica Herrin, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands, shows how the classic traits of successful entrepreneurs are ones each one of us can develop--and use not only to create a company, but also to create an extraordinary life. What if you could, with a little effort, live an extraordinary life? A life in which you felt deep passion for everything you did, and always had time for what matters most? A life in which you had the power, the daring, and the will to make your boldest dreams come true, all while you happily left feelings of inadequacy or guilt behind? It is possible to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. The secret? Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit inside you--the spirit that allows you to embrace your individuality, to look not just at what is but at what could be, to believe in yourself beyond reason and to step up to creating your own definition of happiness and success--a version of success in which work and family life happily co-exist--instead of chasing a cookie-cutter version. Whether we work a corporate job, run a family, or run our own business, Herrin offers realistic, attainable steps each one of us can take to achieve extraordinary success on our own terms. Through candid and inspiring lessons from her life as a successful CEO and working mother of two, as well as stories of many amazing individuals she's met along the way, Herrin inspires and empowers us to dial up the sound of our own voices and make our authentic dreams a reality. This book isn't about having it all; it's about having what matters most to you. It is about how to find your extraordinary--your extraordinary career, your extraordinary happiness, your extraordinary life.
Getting Naked by
Call Number: HF5415.525 .L46 2010
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
Another extraordinary business fable from the New York Times bestselling author Patrick Lencioni. Written in the same dynamic style as his previous bestsellers, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni illustrates the principles of inspiring client loyalty through a fascinating business fable. He explains the theory of vulnerability in depth and presents concrete steps for putting it to work in any organization. The story follows a small consulting firm, Lighthouse Partners, which often beats out big-name competitors for top clients. One such competitor buys out Lighthouse and learns important lessons about what it means to provide value to its clients. Offers a key resource for gaining competitive advantage in tough times. Shows why the quality of vulnerability is so important in business. Includes ideas for inspiring customer and client loyalty. Written by the highly successful consultant and business writer Patrick Lencioni, this new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.
The Best Place to Work by
Call Number: HF5549.5.M63 F746 2014
Publication Date: 2014-12-02
Award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of psychology, economics, neurobiology, marketing, and evolutionary anthropology to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Integrating powerful stories and cutting edge science, Friedman explains how companies-and every one of the people working in them, from the front lines to the corner office-can leverage proven psychological techniques that naturally lead to smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger productivity.
Call Number: HF5549.5.S38 S593 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-30
In this instant New York Times Bestseller, Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls "the single biggest problem in business today": unsuccessful hiring. The average hiring mistake costs a company $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted hours. This statistic becomes even more startling when you consider that the typical hiring success rate of managers is only 50 percent. The silver lining is that "who" problems are easily preventable. Based on more than 1,300 hours of interviews with more than 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs, Who presents Smart and Street's A Method for Hiring. Refined through the largest research study of its kind ever undertaken, the A Method stresses fundamental elements that anyone can implement-and it has a 90 percent success rate. Whether you're a member of a board of directors looking for a new CEO, the owner of a small business searching for the right people to make your company grow, or a parent in need of a new babysitter, it's all about Who. Inside you'll learn how to
* avoid common "voodoo hiring" methods
* define the outcomes you seek
* generate a flow of A Players to your team-by implementing the #1 tactic used by successful businesspeople
* ask the right interview questions to dramatically improve your ability to quickly distinguish an A Player from a B or C candidate
* attract the person you want to hire, by emphasizing the points the candidate cares about most
In business, you are who you hire. In Who, Geoff Smart and Randy Street offer simple, easy-to-follow steps that will put the right people in place for optimal success.
Lawyer Finances-Principles and Practices for Personal and Professional Financial Success by
Call Number: K129 .M55 2014
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Too few lawyers know the financial principles and practices that make for personal and professional success. Lawyers are very good at many things necessary for law practice. They know the law and have the skills and identity to put the law to good use for their clients. They sometimes overlook, though, that their personal and professional finances can determine how long and effectively they are able to serve those clients. Finances can determine the success and failure of lawyers and their firms. Personal finances can make and break individual lawyers. When lawyers discern and follow sound financial principles and practices, they gain rewarding and sustaining peace of mind, purpose, stability, and security. Finances can also make and break firms. When the managing members of firms agree on and follow sound professional financial principles and practices, they lay and build a foundation for sustainable practice. This book introduces principles of personal and professional finance for lawyers. For lawyers personally, the subjects include financial statements and budgeting, risk management and insurance planning, and investment and retirement planning. For law firm financial management, the subjects include legal and capital structures, annual financial plans, balance sheets, working capital, operating statements, ratio analyses, and financial targets. Lawyers and law students who read this book should find encouraging confirmation of core commitments that they and others whom they trust have made and followed around finances. The principles and practices this book promotes are not a get-rich-quick scheme. They instead help lawyers prepare, plan, and practice wisely using modern methods made sound with the wisdom of the ages.
Accelerating Lawyer Success by
Call Number: KF297 .B48 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-07
Making partner and achieving a sense of success and fulfillment in a law firm is challenging for most young lawyers. Based on original research, Accelerating Lawyer Success examines the factors, competencies, and attitudes that allow some lawyers to flourish and make partner while others struggle. Moreover, the authors show readers how to develop the same mindset and skills that they identified as the key factors behind the success of the lawyers they studied. Given today s difficult job environment for lawyers, this book is particularly valuable for law students, new lawyers, or an associate on the cusp of partnership.
The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers by
Call Number: KF297 .F66 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Search consultant Valerie Fontaine shares proven secrets for success in a changing legal marketplace. Unlike the many books addressed to law students and new lawyers, Fontaine's book is meant for lawyers at all stages of their careers-including partners-and for lawyers who want to position themselves for success within their current organization as well as lawyers seeking a transition. This substantially revised second edition includes extensive commentary on continuing changes in the way law is being practiced today.
Making Partner by
Call Number: KF297 .G77 2013
Publication Date: 2014-09-07
This book is for anyone who is serious about making partner. Whether you want to better understand what law firm partners look for in associates or just want to stand out from the competition Making Partner provides you with a clear pathway past the obstacles to your success, even in the most difficult firm cultures. The rest is up to you. This book is also for any law student concerned about getting their first legal job. Making Partner provides practical information and specific advice about how to obtain a position at a top law firm of any size, including AmLaw 100 firms, and how to excel once you are there. The advice is given in the form of a step-by-step explanation of a highly effective and proven method used to secure a top law firm job, and detailed best practices to follow to be a star associate on the fast track to partnership and a successful junior partner.
Call Number: KF297 .M66 2012
Publication Date: 2013-12-07
This book is for lawyers who are just beginning their careers, who want to do more than show up, act eagerly, and not get fired. This is for lawyers who want to know what their role is in a law firm from day one and take their careers head-on, with direction and purpose. This is for you if you don't care to be frustrated or overwhelmed by your career, but awakened. This is for you if you know that you want to become a leader in your law firm, practice area, or industry down the line. Are you in? Thrive will improve your performance, save you some very real growing pains, and accelerate your legal career.
Empowerment and Leadership by
Call Number: KF299.W6 E48 2003
Publication Date: 2003-01-01
Her Story: Lessons in Success from Lawyers who Live it by
Call Number: KF299.W6 H47 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-01
Her Story: Lessons in Success from Lawyers Who Live It is a collection of essays by and about lawyers overcoming obstacles, reaching goals, and leading lives that are full to the brim and rich with challenges, successes, and opportunities. These are stories of hope and lessons learned; stories with advice and unique perspectives. The stories are of and by lawyers who enjoy their careers, whose eyes light up when they talk about the joy of the practice of law and the joy of their personal lives, and who understand that telling their story is important to encourage both their colleagues and those lawyers who are newer to the profession to hang in there and make their lives work for them. Her Story will make you learn, laugh, cry, and be inspired.
Finding Bliss by
Call Number: KF300 .H457 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-07
Change has come to the legal profession, as never before. Once hallowed law firms face unprecedented financial pressures. Their corporate clients are negotiating rates and reducing their outside counsel spending. They are also demanding more predictability in pricing, increased flexibility in staffing, and added value from all legal services firms. Lawyers themselves, overworked and worried about job security (if they are lucky enough to have a job), are more stressed and anxiety ridden than ever. To address these challenges, and to improve the delivery of legal services and the daily lives of lawyers, Finding Bliss: Innovative Legal Models for Happy Clients & Happy Lawyers provides creative and disruptive solutions. Authored by the three co-founders of Bliss Lawyers, a secondment firm that is transforming the way corporations and law firms engage high caliber attorneys, the book provides compelling examples of how to achieve greater success in terms of profitability, productivity and satisfaction. Finding Bliss explores seven key themes to improve legal practice and client service, including: innovation, value, predictability and trust, flexibility, talent development, diversity and inclusion, and relationship building. In a ground-breaking analysis, Finding Bliss addresses the profession's challenges from both sides of an evolving equation: the structural change within law firms, in-house legal departments, and other legal service providers, and the individual change in today's attorneys seeking to meet business needs while gaining more flexibility and freedom. Through the book's seven themes, Finding Bliss tackles the answers to how traditional and new model firms can more effectively deliver legal services and align the skills of the legal talent pool to better meet clients' needs. With a combination of innovative foresight and penetrating understanding, Finding Bliss provides wisdom and inspiration of how to successfully navigate this critical moment of upheaval and opportunity facing the legal profession. The result? Happy Clients and Happy Lawyers.
Law is a Buyer's Market: Building a Client-First Law Firm by
Call Number: KF315 .F87 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Law firms are experiencing a wrenching period of upheaval. Economic crises, technology explosions, and a regulatory revolution have spawned a wave of innovative competitors. Newly empowered clients have adopted aggressive buying behaviors and have begun dictating the terms of their relationships to law firms. Faced with this unprecedented competitive landscape and an industry-wide drop in demand of their services, law firms need effective solutions to these existential challenges. And they need them now.