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The Billable Hour: Damaging to your brain, detrimental to life satisfaction, and destructive to client trust?

by Stephanie West Allen
March 2016

Neuroscience and Conflict Resolution Blog by Stephanie West Allen

Stephanie West Allen

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 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 series of weekly teleconferences. Although these programs are for the organization's membership, you may obtain complimentary guest access by emailing Julie Dorosz. This interview will take place on March 1, at noon Eastern, 9 AM Pacific.

A description of the interview:

Join Hartley Goldstone, Dean of the Trustscape, interviewing world-renowned value pricing expert Ron Baker and Dean of Neuroscience and Reflective Practices Stephanie West Allen for a discussion of effects the billable hour has on our minds and brains, professional and personal lives, and client satisfaction. Among topics we will consider: when the billable hour becomes akin to self-induced OCD, why it can hurt your personal life, and how it causes multiple repercussions in relationships with clients. Baker will talk about an effective alternative to the billable hour which he has perfected over many years working with lawyers, accountants, and other knowledge professionals.

Click to listen to the program now.

 

Biography


Stephanie West Allen, JD, practiced law in California for several years, held offices in local bar associations, and wrote chapters for California Continuing Education of the Bar. While in CA, Stephanie completed several five-day mediation training programs with the Center for Mediation in Law, as well as a two-year intensive with Center co-founder Gary Friedman. She has been a mediator for over two and one-half decades.

She is the author of Triversity Fantasy — Seven Keys To Unlock Prejudice, Creating Your Own Funeral or Memorial Service: A Workbook and many articles on workplace and professional issues for such publications as Lawyer Hiring and Training Report, Colorado Nurse, The Complete Lawyer, National Law Journal, Of Counsel, Law Practice and Denver Business Journal.



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