I remember once hearing someone say, “If you’re laughing, you’re learning.” I agree wholeheartedly. With that in mind, I’ve got to recommend a funny, smart, enlightening read: A is for Asshole: The Grownups’ ABCs of Conflict Resolution, by attorney and mediator, Victoria Pynchon.
There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in this book. But, there are even more thoughtful insights and wisdom from the author’s 25-plus years as an advocate and mediator. I often tell my clients that conflict, itself, is not destructive; it’s our response to conflict that can, indeed, be very destructive. In other words, our destructive responses to conflict can bring out the asshole in all of us.
So, if you want to laugh and lean and become a better lawyer . . . and a better person, you’ve got to read this book!