Our profession has a long tradition of mentoring young attorneys. After several years of practice, you shift from mentee to mentor rather naturally. I believe in paying it forward, and I’ve been blessed to mentor some great young lawyers. And I continue to do because….
Interested in teaching? There is nothing you can do to help the young lawyers coming up behind you that will help them more than teaching them what you know. Scroll to the bottom of the post by Suzanne Meehle to learn how you might very well be able to teach young lawyers what you know.
Have you ever heard the advice, “Never eat lunch alone?” That’s what they teach sales people who need to schmooze clients and referral sources in order to get new business. It’s not bad advice, but it is woefully incomplete.
It is not enough to simply go to lunch with people you like and call it networking. It’s not enough to show up at chamber of commerce meetings, bar association luncheons, and networking happy hours. In the world of networking, the “work” piece is the important part. This is how I get clients.
It’s been five years since I started my solo practice. In that time, I’ve had many ups and downs. I’ve struggles at times – with depression, with stress and burnout, with financial troubles, and with staff turnover that got me labeled “The Hatchet” by a friend in the staffing industry. I’ve thought about packing it in a time or two, going back to work at a Big Law firm, but I never did.
You know what? I wouldn’t change any of it.
Are you strategizing for 2016, and that means looking back over your prior years’ financials. I don’t know about you but I (and most of the small business owners I) rarely look past cash flow to the bigger picture, and then usually only when we are filing our tax returns. Here are some necessary tips to help you make much better decisions in 2016.
A lot of resistance to change in the legal profession is born not out of a fear of the unknown, or even out of skepticism regarding change, but rather out of a certain brand of laziness peculiar to lawyers. Change requires that we actually do something about the things that are broken. And we all know what’s broken.
We all want to be champions: the best of the best, a warrior who has defeated all challengers. But that’s not really possible. What we really need are people who will champion us to others.
A year ago, I wrote about my love of running and how it keeps me sane. Well, right after I wrote that, I injured myself pretty badly. I am paying the price for not taking care of myself in ways both personal and professional. This is how I’m choosing to take control of my health today.