Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bullets: how to fire’em



Do you like to look up there and see a slide with about 5 bullets, all words & a lot of single spacing?

Who really likes complete sentences anymore? Words? Who’s got the time?




Organizations, including law firms — the new “defining archetype”

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“The defining archetype of the new world of organizations is no longer the middle manager but in fact the free agent.

Venkatesh Rao said this in the Podcast, “Venkatesh Rao on the Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information,” at The Knowledge Project.

Law firms planing for the #Social Era should start from this insight, which, as MidLaw has been saying, throws back to 19th Century models.

The ascendancy of free agents goes to the core of why the mid size is the right size for law firms. Rightly ordered mid size firms have no middles, and they are best suited to foster autonomous professionals.

New members of law firms, be wary of settling into roles that are too narrowly focused on your firm’s internal hierarchies or structures. Focus on external networks.



Impressive AG with the best roots: northeastern NC near Tarboro, then Greensboro

Loretta LynchUS Attorney General Loretta Lynch was on the Sunday AM news shows this morning to talk about the Orlando killings. She is very impressive.

Fascinates me to know that her father is from Oak City. She was born in Greensboro.

No real significance to that, I suppose, but still …. More on the theme of notable lawyers from around here. Keeping the compendium complete.

A scape is an internode & can form the whole of a peduncle — right now!

garlic scapes“A scape is a long internode forming the basal part or the whole of a peduncle.”

Garlic scapes are a glory of this time of year.

They are the free spirited younger sisters of garlic. Use them instead of garlic in the great green sauces of the world: pestopistoupersillade and more. Gremolata, chimichurri, salsa verde and salmoriglio.

Scapes just now are leaping from Cornerstone Garlic Farm‘s stand at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


And, emerging from the food processor with all those herbs and olive oil, they are spectacular.

Right now.

Greensboro Farmers Curb Market

The discipline of listening

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“To see the way forward you have to listen deeply. You have to listen to people you don’t want to hear from, and you have to hear what you don’t want to know.”

Jane Fernandes, President of Guilford College.

“The discipline of listening deeply — which is central to the disciplines of self-awareness, reflection, trustworthiness, expanded consciousness, fearless engagement and leadership — is so crucial to transformation.”

Charlotte Roberts & Martha Summerville, Guilford College trustees and authors of the recent article at strategy + business, “The Mindful Board” as well as a forthcoming book of the same name.

The people who know how to listen are the ones most worth listening to.

Strange karma down on the Edgecombe County line

KerouacWhat is it about the Nash-Edgecombe County line?

There is a strange energy there.

The line was put where it is to gerrymander. The legislature moved it east, probably to dilute the percentage of African-American voters in majority-black Edgecombe.

They moved the line over to follow the tracks of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad. Those tracks had been put where they are after the Wilmington railroad organizers couldn’t find enough investors in Raleigh to run the tracks to Raleigh, so they turned instead to Tarboro investors and an Edgecombe County route toward the Roanoke River.

A remarkable group of lawyers have lived up and down that line: the first African-American lawyer in North Carolina; the second African-American congressman; the founder of the UNC Law School; three chief justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court. They lived in Enfield, Whitakers, Battleboro and Rocky Mount.

Later, one of the most eminent musicians of the Twentieth Century, and also an icon of the beat generation came off the same line in Rocky Mount.  Both started on the Edgecombe side. Thelonius Monk and Jack Kerouac, a couple of Edgecombe County dudes.

Something strange in the neighborhood.

Kerouac’s story may tell a broader tale.

When he lived on Tarboro Street, Jack Kerouac had a dog. His biographer says that dog was “Jack’s only companion in Rocky Mount to whom he could relate”. The dog was kept in the yard yoked to a chain and he cried all day. Kerouac asked his brother-in-law, “How would you like to be tied to a chain and cry all day like a dog?” Kerouac wrote in one of his books, “If you don’t heed the cries of a dog on a chain, how do you expect God to heed your cries?”

With that, Kerouac decamped from Edgecombe and took his dog to live on the Nash County side of the line.

Strange karma down that line.