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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgThe art of leadership (not a science for sure) continues to be a well-documented topic across all industry segments, but like most critical success factors there is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answer. The leadership traits required to successfully lead a mechanized, goods-oriented entity are different in certain aspects than those required in a professional service industry.
Monday, 16 July 2012 10:11

Just pick up the phone

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgWhen dealing with opposing counsel, suppress your urge to e-mail. Just pick up the phone. I heard this advice in the first month of my practice. After following it for the past 10 months, I’m officially a believer.
Monday, 09 July 2012 11:15

The live wire of duty to mitigate

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_jean_claude_killey.jpgTerminated employees have a duty to mitigate their losses by seeking out alternate employment during the notice period (assuming they have not been given working notice). The scope and nature of this duty is a common battleground in litigious disputes.
Monday, 09 July 2012 11:10

Winning at meeting

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Lovers, not fighters
Monday, 09 July 2012 10:06

Financial issues facing Canadian lawyers

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_alan_acton_2011.jpgLooking through some old files of mine recently, I came across a white paper I wrote in the summer of 2007 entitled “Insights on Issues Facing Canadian Lawyers,” a 14-page information piece designed to provide some clarity on common financial challenges faced by members of the legal community. The motivation for writing the paper was a report to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004 called “The Contemporary Legal Profession in Ontario — A Report to the Law Society of Upper Canada.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2012_June_making_rain_28.jpgIn this month’s business development and practice management coaching column, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to direct your "not good enough" results to communicate effectively by shifting your focus off yourself and focusing it onto your clients.
Monday, 25 June 2012 10:20

Lost in translation

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgOne might be tempted to argue that the most important Canadian news story of the past two months was federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair badmouthing Western Canada in general (and the Alberta oilsands in particular) for raising the value of the Canadian dollar at the expense of all those (unionized) manufacturing jobs in Ontario and Quebec.
Monday, 25 June 2012 10:09

Is this justice?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgOn June 14, while the House of Commons was wading its way through its marathon voting session, I attended a meeting held in the Parliamentary Restaurant organized by NDP MP Paul Dewar and the Nobel Women’s Initiative to launch the NWI and Just Associates new report “From Survivors to Defenders: Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_thomas_slade.jpgThe Federal Court of Appeal held that a legally unsophisticated party can be barred for missing a deadline because they used regular mail to ask a lower tribunal for reconsideration. While the outcome is harsh for parties before the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, the court held the restrictive interpretation was entirely in line with the ordinary meaning of the regulation.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgI am all for technology as a means to an end — particularly if that end benefits the many as opposed to only the few — and innovation that contributes to the improvement of quality of life is unquestionably something we need more of, particularly if it improves the lives of people living in developing countries.
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