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A good meal could mean a great deal.

One of my very first blogs was about the art of negotiation. In it, I gave some practical and legal tips to achieve a successful outcome. But, little did I know that I completely omitted a key point in my negotiation tips: the importance of food in a negotiation. How could I possibly have missed […]

Written by on November 13, 2017

A way with words.

I recently attended a women lawyers’ lunch group; we meet periodically to chat and share tips and tricks of the trade. After a lengthy conversation about politics, we eventually came around to one of my all-time favorite topics: the use of exclamation points in professional communications. I was forced to trot out a few stories […]

Written by on July 3, 2017

Make your privacy policy less private.

Consumer data has never been more valuable than it is today—and almost every business which can collect it, does. As a result, privacy policies, which must disclose a company’s policy in regard to its data collection practices and uses, are now more important than ever. The recent class action lawsuit against Bose Corporation is a […]

Written by on May 8, 2017

What’s your worth in the workplace?

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine learned that he was being paid less than a few of his peers in similar positions at his company. He had been there for more than 15 years and this newfound knowledge caused some upset. It seemed unfair that these people who joined the company long after […]

Written by on March 7, 2016

Is it better to be confident or assertive?

I recently had a long conversation with a fellow mom about our 11 year old daughters. We were discussing how chatty they are with us, and each other—but in school, they are quiet. We quickly attributed it to the, shall we say, unruly boys in their 5th grade class that they find a bit overwhelming. […]

Written by on April 14, 2015

How to Fail

From a young age, we are taught to avoid failure at all costs. In school, failing is the worst grade you can receive. And, as a result, a student may be held back, forced to re-take a class or engage in supplemental learning to avoid failing again. As we get older, the implications of failure […]

Written by on November 4, 2014

A year in reflection

t’s hard to believe—this week is the one-year anniversary of the launch of Jane Freedman Law. It seemed like a good time to reflect and share some lessons learned in the process of creating my firm. Looking back to one year ago, I was very scared. The only work life I had experienced in my […]

Written by on September 5, 2014

How to be respected AND liked

I recently read a few interesting articles about the “likeability/competence quotient” and why likeability matters at work. The first article stated that non-threatening likeability is more important than respect early on in a career, while career progression brings an inverse progression of competence and likeability. The second article much more broadly stated that likeability is […]

Written by on July 14, 2014

Are you fitting the mold or making one?

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you needed to be someone else to be successful? Perhaps it was in a job interview, where you uncomfortably had to “dress the part” or present yourself in a certain way to show you were “just like them.” Maybe it was acting like you […]

Written by on June 2, 2014

What’s better than a paycheck?

As you can probably tell from my emails, I truly love what I do. While some may think it’s a bit geeky, I love helping to navigate the ins and outs of the law to address business challenges. And, of course, it’s nice to get paid for doing this. But, I also love what my […]

Written by on February 23, 2014