Have you ever thought about chucking your job or career? Is 2020 your year!? I’ve been there—I jumped off the career cliff in 2002 and have been happily following my passion in the form of a career ever since.
Have you ever noticed how some lawyers are unflappable while others broadcast stress? We’d all like to be or work with the former—not so much the latter. Now let us consider how lawyers’ behavior, and in particular, firm leaders’ behavior, affects culture.
Twenty twenty is going to be a big year. At least, you hope so. Whether it’s a promotion, new job, or other exciting opportunity, you want to be ready to successfully grab that brass ring — your brass ring — so that 2020 is, in fact, a great year for you. You don’t want to blow it, but are you ready to make the necessary impression, or will nerves derail your success?
Are you tired of work feeling like a four-letter word? Everybody says that you’ll enjoy your work and be more successful if you maximize your strengths, but how do you do that? You have a job that seems to offer no opportunity at best, and feels dead-end at worst.
Are you tired of struggling to engage meeting participants? No one talks. Participants (using that term loosely, because of course there isn’t any participation!) look around whenever you ask for input. You are frustrated and tired of being the only one with ideas or even talking.
You know what you need to do, but your boss or someone else up the chain of command won’t make a decision. Either he or she doesn’t have time, doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care. Whatever the reason is, this person is frustrating you and makes you think it’s time to polish your resume.
You are great at what you do! So great, in fact, that you’ve been promoted to manage your former peers (the subject of an upcoming blog post). There’s just one problem: You are overwhelmed because you are doing your old job in addition to managing others. And you are concerned because, if you’re being truly honest with yourself, you realize that you are the bottleneck and actually getting in the way. Where are those additional hours in the day?! How will you learn the necessary management skills?!
You lead a team… or do you? You have this unsettling feeling that you could be getting more out of your team, but you struggle with how. You tell them you want their input, but you lead staff meetings by doing most of the talking—or the talking is merely reporting out, not solving problems. That, and most of the good ideas are yours.
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—always seem well-rested even though you know they work harder than most? They never break a sweat and nothing seems to faze them. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out of control. They are more resilient and less reactive. Since caffeine can’t solve all problems, the real question is: how can you improve your ability to renew?
Have you ever thought about chucking your job or career? Is 2019 your year?! I’ve been there—I jumped off the career cliff in 2002 and have been happily following my passion in the form of a career ever since.