Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The “One Simple Rule” for Succeeding in a Law Firm

According to recruiter Harrison Barnes:

In fact, most attorneys who work in law firms are exposed to a literal parade of people coming into their offices, going out to lunch with them, texting them, taking them out for drinks, emailing them and calling them on the phone to discuss how things are so negative and wrong inside of their law firms.  

  • The people instigating these conversations and negative way of thinking never last inside of law firms.
  • In most instances, the people who choose to listen to and participate in this way of thinking also will be gone in short order.He observes:
  • Unfortunately, the careers of most attorneys inside of law firms end unnecessarily—not because they cannot do the work but because they adopt the “us versus them” attitude that holds everyone on the “us” side back. When I talk with partners who are not succeeding, associates who are not succeeding, and counsel who are not succeeding, in virtually every conversation it comes out that they do not view themselves on the same team as the people they are working for. In contrast, when I talk to attorneys who are succeeding all they talk about is how they are on the same team as the people running the law firm.
  •   You must never think or act negatively towards the powers that feed you.

He observes:

Unfortunately, the careers of most attorneys inside of law firms end unnecessarily—not because they cannot do the work but because they adopt the “us versus them” attitude that holds everyone on the “us” side back. When I talk with partners who are not succeeding, associates who are not succeeding, and counsel who are not succeeding, in virtually every conversation it comes out that they do not view themselves on the same team as the people they are working for. In contrast, when I talk to attorneys who are succeeding all they talk about is how they are on the same team as the people running the law firm.

You can read the rest here. I think the follow-up advice should be that if you are unhappy with a firm, don’t complain. Move elsewhere.

(ljs)

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