About Judy Hissong, CLM

Judy understands teams. And she knows how to help you maximize the potential of yours. For over two decades, Judy has applied her vast knowledge of team dynamics, emotional intelligence, work/life balance, leadership, finance, and legal management to help law firms improve their people, process, performance and, ultimately, profits. Learn more at www.nessostrategies.com.

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Entrance and Exit

The truth about career paths is that you enter….and you exit. As the saying goes – life is in the dots. During those “dot” years an important consideration is succession planning, yet very few professionals pause to create intentional paths to their own successors. The legal industry is struggling right alongside so many others, with [...]

By | 2017-11-18T15:23:09+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Entrance and Exit

Zag | Marty Neumeier

Marty Neumeier is the Director of Transformation in a brand design company. Zag is the discussion of the 17 checkpoints in the design process of a brand. These checkpoints can turn your brand from common to exceptional. And, in the competitive legal landscape, being exceptional is a goal worth setting! The book is very visual, [...]

By | 2017-11-17T15:08:43+00:00 November 17th, 2017|What Is Judy Reading?|Comments Off on Zag | Marty Neumeier

Culture Shift: The Employee Handbook for Changing Corporate Culture | Price Pritchett

If you're looking for a book to use in discussing change with your team, this is a good choice. It's not lengthy in pages, and each page has powerful words for consideration and application. "Strengths become weaknesses when circumstances change but behavior doesn't." This simple statement is a conversation starter to consider what circumstances have [...]

By | 2017-10-23T10:19:25+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|What Is Judy Reading?|Comments Off on Culture Shift: The Employee Handbook for Changing Corporate Culture | Price Pritchett

The Big Leap | Gay Hendricks

Gay Hendricks writes about “Upper Limit Problems.” He offers a look at our happiness and limitations – both self-imposed. I really appreciated the open ended questions that led to good conversations with others reading the book (book club, anyone?) and space for me to think and journal. My three key takeaways: Invite someone into your [...]

By | 2017-09-19T14:38:39+00:00 September 19th, 2017|What Is Judy Reading?|Comments Off on The Big Leap | Gay Hendricks

Deloitte and the Bechdel Test: Shifting Gender Sands

It’s 2017, a decade past the Great Recession, and our workplace discussions are dominated by generational concerns, change management, and profitability. Leadership has become a measured part of profitability, at least in some industries, and corporate America is being challenged to equalize the opportunities and compensation among all people – inclusion has replaced diversity. Deloitte [...]

By | 2017-09-19T14:34:28+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Deloitte and the Bechdel Test: Shifting Gender Sands


I’ve found myself in conversations recently where the dominant word is CHARACTER. In particular, measuring the character of one particular leader or another. Many organizations are struggling with their leaders, which is no surprise as our workplaces are transforming through technology and generations. Character is defined as the moral and mental qualities distinctive to an [...]

By | 2017-08-18T16:24:03+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on CHARACTER-istics

Start with Why | Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is famous for his TED talk on this subject, so if you aren’t going to read this book, check it out here. This book expands on the TED talk to really explore WHY you do what you do. It’s a nice opportunity to consider who you inspire and how you inspire them. Two [...]

By | 2017-08-18T16:35:47+00:00 August 18th, 2017|What Is Judy Reading?|Comments Off on Start with Why | Simon Sinek

Leaders’ Lab

There are so many newsletters to read, experts to listen to, and information to be had in the legal industry. Absorbing all the content is one thing, finding a place to pause for conversation and integration is the next level. Welcome to Leaders’ Lab. The concept is simple: I’ll provide the video platform (all you [...]

By | 2017-07-25T20:22:28+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Leaders’ Lab

Life’s Golden Ticket | Brendon Burchard

Brendon Buchard wrote The Motivation Manifesto, which I had a hard time with. So, if you know him from that, think of this as a better path to self-exploration through a body of fiction that reads fast while stirring questions about your fears, your opportunities and your life. Going to the beach this summer? Take [...]

By | 2017-07-25T17:57:22+00:00 July 25th, 2017|What Is Judy Reading?|Comments Off on Life’s Golden Ticket | Brendon Burchard

Professional Presence 2

Professional Presence is an amalgamation of any number of leadership skills that are personal, and very vulnerable in both exposure and growth and are also public in developing relationships at a variety of levels in the workplace. Let’s break this down, what is the square root of Professional Presence? PART ONE: PROFESSIONAL More than a [...]

By | 2017-07-25T13:42:52+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Professional Presence 2