At any given moment of your career or simply with your job, you will struggle with the feelings of value and appreciation. Are you valued? Are you appreciated? When someone asks you what you do, are you pressed to explain what it is that you do? A way to effectively answer the question of “What do you do?” with more than just a job title is by expressing your value. If after all you do for the firm (whether as a lawyer or an admin) you do not feel appreciated, it may be time to walk.
The practice of management by crisis happens when a firm’s managers are constantly putting out fires. It can happen anywhere, at the best of law firms and at the largest corporations. Management by crisis drains resources and can lead to bad morale and a negative culture. The impression that your firm is experiencing constant crisis reflects poorly on your law firm and can damage its reputation to some degree.
We know that common sense really isn't common. We like to think that our readers know that nutrition is directly related to energy level, sleeping habits, and even your overall mood. However, if you did not know this (about nutrition), a healthy diet should be an important part of life, not just for lawyers, but all individuals. The problem is that in order to eat properly, the biggest sacrifice for a lawyer (and many other non-legal employees) is finding the time. (The irony of these "nutrition tips" is not lost on the author or the editor, just FYI.)
Management by crisis is a phrase used to describe the problem of letting unexpected events, interruptions, problems or emergencies influence your priorities and actions. This happens when a manager purposely, or not, creates a crisis most commonly with an overly aggressive schedule or an artificial deadline.
Entrepreneurs and millennials acknowledge the importance of legal counseling. Before the Wall Street bell rings and the multi-million dollar check arrives, any business or startup idea must have a solid legal foundation. Paying by equity, new/startup companies can have both the peace of mind and legal support for all their innovative (read: crazy) business ideas the company has for the future without breaking the bank.
In the legal field, “work hard, play hard” has become “work hard, work harder all other times.” Even though many law firms offer generous leave policies, attorneys often skip vacations or work while on vacation. While this dedication is admirable, it has led attorneys to have more alcohol and mental health problems than other professionals.
One of the first things you learn in law school is that you need to be careful about sharing, particularly anything relating to a case. But not sharing some of the aspects of your life as an attorney can lead to stress from work overload and breakdown in communication with important people in your life. As an attorney, your life is exceedingly busy. Sharing is an important part of excellent time management. Here are three simple things you can do every day to help you relieve stress and be more productive.
Let's face it, being an attorney was a high-stress career choice. We will even go so far to say that some attorneys (Biglaw, we are looking at you) look down at merely high-stress - what you have maybe worse so being resilient important to the job and your wellness. Resilience is the cornerstone of wellness and longevity in the legal field. So, how can attorneys build resilience? We have a few tips that may help
Longevity at any law firm or job for that matter requires associates to deliver real value to the table. How does a new attorney create value at their new job? Here is a look at a few ways you can create value regardless of which law firm or company you’re working for.
If the ultimate goal is to develop your business and move to the next level within the legal industry, it’s important to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is an idea that it takes hard, good strategy, and feedback for you or your organization to grow, that there are always opportunities to learn and develop new capabilities. A fixed mindset basically means that you believe your business needs nothing from the outside world, you're great and never change. A growth mindset will help you expand your current abilities and reach new and unimagined heights. Here are tips on developing a growth mindset for your small business.