Below is a list of additional resources. This page will be regularly updated with suggestions from contributors and readers of AWAL. We welcome your suggestions of books, videos, or podcasts you that can be added to this list.
Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP)
At Attorney With A Life® we highly recommend LAP as your first place to go for help with personal and professional challenges ranging from stress & anxiety, career & work, family & relationships, legal & financial, health & medical, and addiction. LAP offers confidential and complimentary services for all members of the legal community, including judges, students, staff and families. Here is a link to the ABA’s directory of Lawyers Assistance Programs in the US.
Here is a link to the Lawyers Assistance Program in British Columbia and their directory of LAP programs.
- Next Step Partners (2015). Career Handbook for Working Professionals. This is now my favourite career transition resource. While not written specifically for any one professional group it offers many valuable exercises for promoting personal reflection, and plentiful tools, tips and resources for helping you through every stage of your transition. http://nextsteppartners.com/newly-updated-acclaimed-career-handbook-working-professionals/
Confidence, Grit, and Growth
- The American Bar Association. The Grit Project: True Grit and a Growth Mindset. While the project is aimed at women lawyers these resources and the tool kit are valuable for all lawyers.
- Brown, Brene (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.
- Brown, Brene, Ted Talk: The power of vulnerability. http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
- Cuddy, Amy, Ted Talk: Your body language shapes who you are. http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en Who could have guessed that how you hold your body can have a direct impact on your success or at the very least, your confidence.
- Dweck, Carol (2007). Mindset: How we can learn to fulfill our potential.
- Dweck, Carol, Ted Talk: The power of believing you can improve: https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve?language=en
- Kay, Katty, and Shipman, Claire (2014). The Confidence Code.
- Weintraub, Pamela (May 2015). The Voice Of Reason. Psychology Today. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201505/the-voice-reason?collection=1073568 This is a fascinating report on the recent research that shows how your use of language can help reduce your fear and boost your effectiveness.
- Goldsmith, Marshall (2007). What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. This book is an entertaining read as well as a valuable tool for facing down the annoying habits that are getting in the way of your professional growth. (This book is especially valuable for those of you who think you don’t have any annoying habits!)
- Goulston, Mark (2010). Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. The single most important skill for a professional is that which is most-frequently overlooked – listening. Everyone could do with investing in developing their listening ability. This book tells you how.
Organization, Time, and Energy Management
- Allen, David (2001). Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity. One April long weekend several years ago I implemented the full “Getting Things Done” system. For lawyers I think the system as a whole can be too complex. What I recommend is reading the book and putting into action the systems and processes that best suit your way of working. The book has lots of great ideas you can easily implement.
- Farmer, Jill (2012). There’s Not Enough Time – and other lies we tell ourselves. This is a terrific book from AWAL contributor Jill Farmer for discerning the mental traps you have around time and your schedule.
- Levy, Steven (2012). The Off Switch –Discovering your work-work balance. Excellent resource for lawyers from AWAL’s technology columnist.
- Schwartz, Tony (2011). Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc. This is the guidebook to many of the energy-sustaining practices for working smarter not harder. Do check out the related website www.theenergyproject.com.
- Ury, William (2007). The Power of a Positive No. This is the text book for learning how to say no in a way that is effective, in alignment with your priorities and values and in a manner which preserves relationships. If you are “no-challenged” this is a must-read!
Neuroscience and Us
- Bolte Taylor, Jill (2009). My Stroke of Insight.
- Bolte Taylor, Jill, Ted Talk: My stroke of insight. http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight?language=en This is one of the all time greatest TED hits and if you haven’t yet watched it I recommend you do. Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.
- Rock, David (2009). Your Brain at Work. This is the leading guidebook on how to get more done by working in alignment with how your brain works.
- Rock. David (2007). Quiet Leadership: Six steps to transforming performance at work.
Stretching at Your Desk
- AWAL contributor Judy Nesso has got a list of great stretches you can do at your desk on her website here: http://www.nessostrategies.com/#!nesso-strategies-stretch/c1h3l
Clark, Andy (2013). Lawyer Wellness Is NOT An Oxymoron: Why Tomorrow’s Top Lawyers Must Embrace Wellness Today-And What You Need to Do to Be One of Them. This great book from AWAL contributor Andy Clark provides you with the essential wellness information and resources you need to thrive as a lawyer.