Lawyers work in a demanding profession. Stress levels are high. Burnout is rampant. Sacrifices made to advance our careers can have a pretty significant effect on our personal lives. We’re far from alone. Honestly, there are very few careers that aren’t stressful. We’re also not alone in what can feel like an endless struggle to increase our professional stamina and [...]
In this TEDx talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger reports on lessons learned from the longest ever study on happiness, which has so far spanned 75 years and still continues. The summary of the three biggest lessons learned is fascinating to me because it dovetails perfectly with my philosophy on business development, which is that lawyers who continue to develop good, [...]
In keeping with the themes of innovation, curiosity and asking the right questions that has been running through many of my blogs recently, this is a fascinating Ted-X talk by Dr. David Helfand, one of the founders of Quest University. For those of you who have never heard of Quest, it is a University in British Columbia that has taken a [...]
As director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Regina Dugan oversaw the US armed forces' innovation engine. Now she deploys the same research tactics at Google. In keeping with one of the themes you will see run through many of my blogs, she says that engineers and scientists have it right; as a matter of course, they defy [...]
Two great TED talks by Kathryn Schulz recommended by Deb Palter. They turn on their heads some of our widely held beliefs about being wrong and how humans should address regret. If you have any favourite TED talks, forward them on so I can share them with the group. Your recommendations are introducing me to talks that I hadn't heard of [...]
In addition to being hilarious, this TED blog video may just explain what happens at law firms around compensation time every year. A shout out to Megan Shortreed, the source of much of the humour content on this blog, for sending this to me.
Thanks to Heather Crawford for sending these TED Talks to me, and to Jonathan Rosenstein for seconding them as picks for the blog. They are two epic TED Talks by Brené Brown, who has spent years researching the pathway to a life filled with joy, creativity, love and belonging. Her thesis is that the very center and point of living [...]
This TED video is a couple of years old now, but I have kept on going back to it since it was published because everything Sheryl Sandberg said remained relevant not only to women in the practice of law, but also to men. I revisited it again in the wake of her new book and still love it. So here [...]
In this video Benjamin Zander uses the platform of making the 1600 people in the room "realize" that they love classical music to highlight some profound principles of great leadership. Those of you who know me might appreciate the "shining eyes" reference at the end of this video, since I go on and on about finding the things that make [...]
I love this one both for the breath taking beauty of the images and for the passion with which Nicklen delivers his message of arctic conservation. Paul Nicklen: Tales of ice-bound wonderlands | Video on TED.com.