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StephanieWestAllen
My blogs are at http://www.idealawg.net and http://www.brainsonpurpose.com .
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Friend and colleague Hartley Goldstone was recently interviewed for Family Wealth Report about his new book Family Trusts: A Guide for Beneficiaries, Trustees, Trust Protectors and Trust Creators coauthored with Jay Hughes and Keith Whitaker. From the interview conducted by family office consultant Joe Reilly: Joe Reilly: In Family Trusts,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at idealawg
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Gary Friedman will present on 3 days (2-hour keynote on July 15th, full day on July 16th, and one and one-half hours on July 16) at the 10th Rocky Mountain Retreat. The event will be held outside Colorado Springs at The Franciscan Retreat Center. Spaces are limited to 50; 10... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at idealawg
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Added April 28, 2016: The recording of this interview is now available for you to hear. Click to listen to "Benefits of Mindfulness, Self-Awareness, and Reflection in Providing Exceptional Client Service." An excellent interview about the role of mindfulness and self-awareness in client service is coming up on April 26!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at idealawg
The current edition Of Mindfulness Research Monthly contains 21 Interventions 18 Associations 6 Methods 10 Reviews 1 Trial. Click to read it now. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Brains On Purpose™
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Earlier this week I was part of a teleconference sponsored by the Purposeful Planning Institute about the problems with using the billable hour as a way to charge for your services. The recording is now available so you can listen in. A bit about the program from the PPI announcement:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at idealawg
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In just over a week, you may listen to an exceptional and educational interview about the adverse effects of the billable hour on your brain, your life, your clients. [Link to the program is now below.] And you will be able to phone in with questions and comments. The event is sponsored by Purposeful Planning Institute as part of its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Brains On Purpose™
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What can happen when you and a client are not a good fit? Do you know why a mismatch could be occurring? What can you do to remedy miscommunication, confusion, even conflict or stress? Dr. Susan Wolcott may have some solutions. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of interviewing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at idealawg
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When a person affirms his or her deepest values, the process of conflict resolution can be easier, and often quicker. In fact, most other activities can be facilitated by affirming your values (what is called self-affirmation), whether it be running, or recharging, or writing. However, for many of us, our habits can get in the way. We all have seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
What is the role of self-awareness and self-reflection in effective conflict resolution? To hear a teleconference on that topic, click here. The title of the teleconference is "Inside Out: How Conflict Professionals Can Use Self-Reflection to Help Their Clients" and it features long-time mediator and lawyer Gary Friedman. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
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This week I had the pleasure of interviewing long-time mediator and mediation trainer Gary Friedman. The sponsoring organization Purposeful Planning Institute (about which I have blogged here, here, and here; and for which I am Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices) is one that is close to my heart. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at idealawg
From the ABA Journal, we learn of the colorful history of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field. The events described in the article were hardly all that added color to his life story. For a more complete look at the man, read this review of Justice Stephen Field: Shaping Liberty from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at idealawg
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 12 Eastern, 9 Pacific AM, I will be moderating a teleseminar for Purposeful Planning Institute (PPI). The program description is below. Because of the topic and speakers, this will be an hour that is very informative and stimulating. If you are not a member... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at idealawg
Just published, a New York Times article on the use of mediation for disputes between siblings. Excerpt from "Strengthening Troubled Sibling Bonds to Deal With an Aging Parent": It doesn’t matter how successful people are; when they’re around their siblings, they often revert to their 7-year-old selves. “Family members are... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at idealawg
I was happy to see that Santa Clara Law now has a room in the library for law students, staff, and faculty. Its purpose? It is our hope that students utilize this space for silent meditation, prayer, and reflection. A number of studies have demonstrated the value of mindfulness and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at idealawg
John A. Warnick, estate planning lawyer and founder of Purposeful Planning Institute, is a leader in new ways of conceptualizing the passing on of assets from one generation to the next. To learn more about his practice of the purposeful trust, you may listen to or read this recent interview... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at idealawg
Here's a list of events, news, and resources compiled by Professor Len Riskin. Click to read his list of items related to mindfulness, law, and dispute resolution. Thanks, Len, for creating this list. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at idealawg
May's edition of Mindfulness Research Monthly includes 19 Interventions 14 Associations 11 Methods 8 Reviews 2 Trials. Click to read the new edition. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™
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I was recently appointed one of the Deans of the Purposeful Planning Institute: Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices. Over the years, I have been very happy to be involved with such a fine organization so am pleased to now serve in this capacity. Click for more information about all... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at idealawg
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Today I am talking with Norman Fischer who is with the Everyday Zen Foundation. He is a poet and a Zen Buddhist priest. Click to read more about Norman. Norman, thanks very much for agreeing to participate in my series of interviews of thinkers and practitioners who have ideas that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at idealawg
I am happy to see another article in which the writer warns against the overselling of mindfulness, and mentions that, because of possible negative side effects, mindfulness practices may not be appropriate for all. This article also warns that some people teaching mindfulness practices may not be qualified to do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at idealawg
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A long time has passed since I last penned a post on using mindfulness during the process of writing. Although I combine mindfulness and writing frequently, I have not updated my resource list recently (except in my head). So here are a few links for those of you interested in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at idealawg
Being aware of death influences our money behavior. The research about this behavior is intriguing and instructional—and very important to understand for those of us who work with clients and their money. As a quick and partial overview of what researchers have learned, read "Grim Givers: How Thoughts of Death... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at idealawg
As a lawyer, Leslie Budewitz was well-qualified to write Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, winner of the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. She also writes cozy mystery novels; the latest one Assault and Pepper is set in Seattle as will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at idealawg
Does offering a range of numbers as opposed to one single number help you reach your goal in negotiations? Maybe so. From "Offering a Range of Numbers Can Lead to an Edge in Negotiations" (Mind for Business blog of Association for Psychological Science): New research from Columbia Business School challenges... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at idealawg
How can two or more people sincerely, earnestly, and confidently have such widely divergent versions of events? As mediators, we often have heard stories from parties in which the facts are conflicting and yet no one seems to be deliberately deceiving. Research continues to show us our memories are malleable and pliant so we are not surprised at the inconsistency.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Brains On Purpose™