The Velocity Work podcast is for lawyers who run their own firm. It explores tactics, tools, and stories that help owner-attorneys push past simply lawyering well to building a successful firm. Melissa Shanahan, Velocity Work's founder, helps clients and listeners shift how they operate in order to achieve the next level for their firm and their life. From numbers and business strategy to discipline and mental health, Melissa's approach provides sustainable success.
#159: Finding Evidence That Your Future Self’s Thoughts Are Already True
It’s the turn of the quarter, which means Melissa is digging in with her clients, reviewing the quarter they’ve just had, while also planning for the rest of the year. However, you could have the best-laid plans in place, but without this one key component, you’ll set yourself up to lose.
Listen in this week as Melissa lets you in on the secret behind being the kind of person who has the results you want and are working towards right now. You’ll learn why you don’t have to wait to feel peace, calm, or confidence until after you reach those goals, and in fact, why it’s your job to identify what those emotions might be and to feel them right now.
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#158: Pay Attention to the Words You Say
Did you know that what comes out of your mouth is one of the best indicators of what’s really going on in your brain? If you’re a regular listener here, you’re far from average. You have a deep interest in understanding yourself better to achieve the things that matter most to you. And becoming conscious of the words you say is key.
This week to discover how to be awake to the words you speak, and where those words aren’t in alignment with where you’re trying to go. You’ll learn why examining what you say is so important, and how to start making small, nuanced shifts to transform the trajectory of your success.
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#157: Finishing as Strong as You Started
Over here at Velocity Work, we spend a lot of time talking about dropping in, getting focused, and exploring ways to set ourselves up to win. But have you ever considered how you close out a period of time on your calendar and whether you honor the next block on your to-do list?
Listen in this week as Melissa offers her top tips for starting a practice of ending with intention. Whether it’s a task at hand, your day, week, or month, honoring your plan matters. You’ll discover why not ending something with intention is an inefficient use of your time, and how to implement a practice of evaluation and optimization for how you operate.
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#156: A Different Path Forward as a Law Firm Owner with Jeanette Mora
So often, we have this black-and-white view of what’s possible for us in terms of our careers. We think we have to either go and work for someone else or start our own firms. But the truth is there’s some middle ground to be explored here that can pay off for you in a big way, and Melissa’s guest on the show this week did exactly that.
Tune in this week as Jeanette Mora and Melissa invite you to stop writing off all the possibilities available to you. Jeanette is giving you the 30,000-foot view of what it means to make the call to switch up your life or career, guiding you through the process of intentionally choosing your path forward, and offering her top tips for anyone who wants to explore their options.
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#155: Be On Your Best Game as an Employer with Molly McGrath (Part 2)
Do you know why you’re experiencing high turnover rates in your law firm? Are you ready to figure out what it takes to retain your employees so you can finally stop running around in circles and get back your precious time and money?
Molly McGrath of Hiring & Empowering Solutions is back, and this week, Melissa quizzes her on what it takes to be a great leader and invest in your people to maintain employee retention. Molly is sharing the three keys to having a team-centric approach in your business, how to have a team that has your back and vice versa, and the importance of being willing to have courageous conversations with your employees.
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#154: Break the Overwhelm Cycle
How often do you find yourself in the mental pickle of overwhelm? Are you filled with dread on Sundays thinking about the week ahead? Does it simply feel impossible to stay on track and get everything on your to-do list or calendar checked off?
There are basic, fundamental principles that will not only prevent overwhelm but allow the experience to be a valuable teacher, and that’s exactly what Melissa had to implement recently in her own life. On this episode, she’s diving into how we create the feeling of overwhelm, and her step-by-step process for breaking the habit of living in a state of overwhelm so you can purposefully show up as the CEO and law firm owner you want to be.
Get full show notes and more information here: https://www.velocitywork.com/154
Exactly what I needed!
Thank you Malissa for don’t flake on yourself episode. It was exactly what I needed to hear to help push me! Thank you for such great information you provide on your podcast.
Melissa is the BEST!!!!!!
Over the years I’ve listened to dozens of podcasts for firm owners. And while there are some truly great ones out there, I find myself tuning into this one the most. Melissa’s got a real superpower for cutting through the noise and fluff & getting lawyers to focus on what really matters for business growth. Can’t recommend this podcast and Velocity Work in general enough!!
One of the meatiest legal podcasts out there
Many podcasts out there are clearly just a surface level reminder to hire the podcaster. These are not. Recent work has shown really increased depth and value added for listeners. If you’re a deep thinker looking for ways to grow as a person and a firm owner, check this out.