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For in-house lawyers, the word vacation may be as foreign a concept as billable hours.

However, when the weather's hot and you want to stretch right up and touch the sky, you might realize that it's a little more difficult than you expected to do what you feel. There are unrealistic expectations and there will always be pitfalls when in-house counsel want to take time off.

Here are three tips to help you be one of those lucky in-house lawyers on the beach this summer.

How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Cybersecurity Wounds

Surprising as it may seem, the next cybersecurity breach will probably come from the inside.

That's because employees are often the source of the problem; they don't practice safe-internet. Disgruntled workers, too, may leave behind viruses that are harder to get rid of than an STD.

So if your company has a tendency for self-inflicted cyber wounds, the first thing to do is remove all the sharp objects. This is the inside story about how to fight cyberattacks.

Why You Should Take More Time for Strategic Thinking

Mount Moran is one of the spectacular mountains among the Grand Tetons -- perhaps the most beautiful peaks in the Western Hemisphere.

It is distinctive because it cradles several glaciers and tiny lakes, and some are visible only from lower elevations. So what does Mount Moran have to do with strategic thinking?

Well, you don't have to be at the top of the mountain to have perspective. For in-house counsel, it means taking time to appreciate what you can see from your position.

New In-House Lawyer Task: Vetting Tweets

In-house counsel nationwide may want to start adding "tweet vetter" to their resumes.

It's not just a task. In the Twitter President era, it's a responsibility that in-house counsel have to take seriously.

To tweet or not to tweet; that is the first question in the legal analysis. The second question is, how to tweet?

How to Move From the Law Office to the Corporate Suite

The road to general counsel often starts at BigLaw, but does not go from there directly to the corporate Big Chair.

Fewer corporations are hiring attorneys straight out of law firms to lead their legal business. In the past three years, the number of new hires from law firms has dropped to about 18 percent.

That's more than a bump in the road. It's a sign telling you how to go from the law office to the corporate office.

Being in house often means feeling disconnected from the rest of the legal world. When in-house attorneys show up to networking or social events with practicing lawyers, it can often feel like inside counsel are from Earth, while litigators are from Dante's fourth circle.

However, it doesn't have to be that way for in-house counsel. With a little bit of extra reading in their free time (which notably in-house counsel actually have, as opposed to litigators who gave up free time along with family and any sense of ever being able to relax), an in-house attorney can remain relevant, keep up to date, and even find some enjoyment.

Below, you can read about the three best things to read for in-house counsels.

Business Talk: Words That Make You Sound Weak

In the lexicon of leadership, there are some words you should not say.

They suggest weakness or failure, a tentative approach when directness is required. Leaders should use assertive language that conveys "confidence and authority," says one writer.

It's all good to delete some expressions for business purposes, but remember what George Carlin said about forbidden words: "You never know what's going to be on the list because it's always somebody else's list."

Why In-House Lawyers Should Be Practical, Not Academic

In the movie Wonder, a child shares the wisdom of choosing between right and kind: "Choose kind."

It's a quotable precept in a story about a boy adjusting to life with a birth defect. It is worthy of repeating in any life, but with a twist for the life of in-house counsel:

When given a choice between an academic or practical approach, choose practical.

Tips to Improve Office Meetings

While walking to deliver a speech at NASA, President John F. Kennedy got lost and found himself in a janitor's closest.

The President encountered a man there, cleaning a mop, and asked what he was doing at the facility.

"Oh," the startled worker said, "I'm putting a man on the Moon." According to legend, that inspired JFK to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

It was an idea that propelled a nation to the Moon, and it has the power to transform your meetings into inspirational moments. It's about purpose.

Three Bad Reasons to Stay When You Want to Quit

You know you want to quit, but something is holding you back.

Is it that you are afraid of an uncertain future? Maybe you're worried about making less money? You think people will look down at you for getting out of the business?

These may be the reasons you aren't leaving, but they are bad reasons for staying in a job you can't stand. Here's why: