Rise Up! Mastering a Postive No

This week on Slaw  (a Canadian co-op blog on law, technology and research) I am launching my column – Rise Up!  Rise up! is a column about moving from apathy into action. Strategies and tactics for putting yourself back in the picture and creating a legal practice worth having.  Rise Up! will be appear four times year.  This week my article is about Mastering the Positive No with the help of Conflict Resolution expert Wlliam Ury.  Here’s a snippet:

Time is at a premium. The pressures of the billable hour and the stress of meeting client needs and expectations are reaching an all time high. With all the developments in communication technology the boundaries between our home and work environments have eroded. We can now be reached by cell phone and email anywhere in the world and at anytime. Setting and respecting our boundaries is more difficult then ever. No is today’s biggest challenge.

What you say No to can be one of the most powerful forces for developing your practice. For a step-by-step guide on how to wield your effective No while maintaining positive professional and personal relationships look no further than The Power of a Positive No by William Ury.

To read on just follow this link to the full article.



About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.