What's the difference between a coach, a counselor and a mentor?

17 January 2020
Michael explains the difference between a coach, counselor and mentor so you can decide which is the most appropriate for you.

What to expect from a coaching session

17 January 2020
Michael explains what to expect from a coaching session

Why lawyers need to deliver better value if they are stay relevant (and how to do it)

17 January 2020
In a recent survey of 79 New Zealand legal service users by Approachable Lawyer, by far the biggest frustration with lawyers was cost. This is why some clients view lawyers as a “last resort” or a “very expensive part of our team”. Criticisms ranged from “time wasting, pontification” to not knowing at the outset what a piece of advice will cost. And you can understand that frustration. If I jump into a taxi I have a pretty good idea how much it is going to cost to get to the airport. If I use Uber then I can be certain. I use the taxi analogy because taxis run on meters, much like lawyers.

Will blockchain impact your business?

17 January 2020
​Fake news, money laundering, identity theft, email scams and privacy breaches. This is the world in which we currently live and it has forced most to live their lives with an air of scepticism. Who or what can you now trust? In the ‘first world', we tend to trust our governments and some large corporations to be responsible. The same level of trust does not exist in other parts of the world. Trust, particularly in an online environment, is the biggest issue facing modern society but a relatively new technology hopes to change all that and could be the next biggest innovation since the internet. It's called blockchain.

Trial Periods: recent case clarifies confusion over payments in lieu

17 January 2020
​If an employee is not working out and is subject to a 90-day trial period, the natural desire is to remove them from the workplace as soon as possible. However, there has been some confusion as to whether a payment in lieu of notice is sufficient to end the employment relationship and take advantage of the trial period protection. This confusion has led to many employers being caught out. However, a recent case has clarified the position somewhat.

How to navigate the redundancy minefield

17 January 2020
​"It's not you, it's the economy" It is much less confrontational to dismiss an employee this way than embarking upon a long list of performance concerns or misdemeanours which have wound you up to the point of no return. That's why redundancy terminations are the preferred route of many employers. However, the door may have been closed by a recent case in the Employment Court which has put an interesting twist on the existing law.

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