Work Matters Blog

Be a Passionate Advocate, but Know When to Say 'I'm Sorry'

By Mike Maslanka |

A sincere, heartfelt and authentic apology goes a long way.

Say 'Yes' on Learning How to Say 'No'

By Mike Maslanka |

Having a hard time saying "no" to requests at work, or in general? I know I always have. After all I reason: "If I say no, then I may not be asked again."

Learn to Listen to Find Resolution, Avoid a Fight

By Mike Maslanka |

Lawyers should seek to resolve conflict. The costly war of litigation and trial is, like surgery, the course of last resort.

Performance Reviews: Good Idea or Worthless?

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Do performance appraisals really work? Depends on your objective.

Fifth Circuit Throws a Wrench in Retaliation Claim Format

By Michael P. Maslanka |

A complainant needs more than just belief that someone is violating the law for their complaint to be considered protected activity.


Don't Look at Litigation as a Battle to Be Won

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Do you find yourself using "we" and battle analogies in litigation?

John Minor Wisdom U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit building, New Orleans, LA.

5th Circuit Anti-Plaintiff? Not So Fast ...

By Michael P. Maslanka |

The Fifth Circuit gets a bad rap on being anti-plaintiff in employment cases. But it did a lot to nuke that image by denying en banc review (by an 11-4 vote) in 'Thompson v. Waco'.


Good Review at Work? Thank Your Spouse!

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Valentine's Day has come and gone. But an interesting piece in a recent issue of the Harvard Business Review illuminates the importance at work of being in a relationship.

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Ask These Three Questions to Get More From Yourself, Others

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Never underestimate the power of questions. Here are three great questions from three great books.

Medical Marijuana in Texas?

By Angela Morris |

Two recent bills ask Texas lawmakers to legalize the use of low-THC cannabis for epileptics who suffer seizures uncontrollable with other medication.

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Unsavory Tweets About a Company CEO Leads to a Subpoena Against Non-Party Twitter

By Michael P. Maslanka |

A court enforced the subpoena gainst non-party Twitter, but why?