Kristen Lopez

BN360 Spotlight Blog: How Reflection Can Lead To Personal and Professional Success

Each year our company hosts a full-day retreat for everyone in the agency, which typically includes a group team building or professional development activity. Our most recent retreat featured the Everything DiSC Workplace evaluation, facilitated by a team development consulting firm (RV Rhodes, Inc.). Each of us completed the DiSC assessment prior to the retreat, and then we were able to spend a few hours that day learning about ourselves and our coworkers.

March 2018 BN360 Spotlight Professional: De'yron Tabb

BN360 Spotlight Blog: Embracing New Beginnings

Growing up, I always wanted to work with my hands, so I learned the various trades with my godfather, Brent McCalister, who also taught me the great disciplines of hard work and how to become a solid young man. I loved the skilled trades, with a preference for electrical, so I decided that was what I wanted my career to be. I began calling every electrical contractor I could find, only to realize that no one was hiring or only hiring unionized workers. With a no at every call, I was discouraged, but kept calling and eventually found someone who was willing to give me a chance.

Using Difficult Conversations to Benefit Your Life and Career

Everyone knows that lawyers love to argue.  In fact, it’s our job.  While most people shy away from difficult conversations, we and other professionals see the extraordinary opportunities that lie within conflict.  Confronting something head-on, like negotiating a raise or solving a dispute with a coworker, will likely feel uncomfortable and be tempting to avoid.  To the contrary, however, having these difficult conversations will actually help your relationships and increase your level of trust.  I learned the nuances of this practice while becoming a lawyer, but going to law school is hardly necessary for you to argue like a professional, or perfect “the triumph of dialogue.”