Do you have what it takes to be an Uber Successful Attorney?

Do you have what it takes to be an Uber Successful Attorney?
The pandemic has accelerated everything. Clients whose fraught relationship with the law firm, have sited cutbacks and moving in a new direction to going with another firm.

Things are opening up again and everything has changed. Many have been hit hard by the COVID crisis, consequently creating a career plateau. Many of us come up against barriers in our careers. To overcome and succeed, what is necessary is fundamentally moving towards a different way of being and thinking.

There is no going back to the old ways of doing business. One thing that is for sure is that lawyers are risk adverse. That said, technology that should have been embraced a decade ago is now being embraced by law firms. 

Embracing Change

Start by understanding that the pandemic has forced us all to embrace change. Change is hard, it’s difficult and uncomfortable. Rainmakers find it difficult to change decades of doing things that have brought much success throughout their career. They refuse to change, and are probably right. 

The pandemic has accelerated everything. Clients whose fraught relationship with the law firm, have sited cutbacks and moving in a new direction to going with another firm and new counsel. 

Take Ownership of the Situation

You have assess what your career goals are now at this point in your career. Understand where you are today, what new challenges do you face and where you want to go. For some minor adjustments may get you back on track. For others, upon reviewing your circumstances, significant changes may be necessary including changing your environment. 

Be Decisive 

Time is the most precious and scarce resource these days. Now is not the time for complacency. To break through this plateau you’re going to make some difficult decisions. 

Remain True to Thyself 

Never compromise your values, it is what gives you purpose and defines you as a professional. Focus on the big picture, be proactive and make the moves necessary to succeed. Being true to thyself is also about aligning yourself with a law firm that shares your values. Have a clear understanding of the corporate culture you are working for. If things have changed, you may need to move on. 

Fear & Mistrust 

Don’t allow fear and mistrust lead your way. Fear and mistrust foment greed. Many lawyers mistrust their colleagues and assume that collaborating with a colleague will simply erode your strong standing with the client. This is not true. Collaboration can help in cross-selling and helping you become the Trusted Advisor that your clients are seeking. 

Rethink How You Do Business

The pandemic also forced everyone to be innovative overnight. Rethink the way you practice law. Become more flexible and responsive to your client’s needs. Leverage existing client relationships to cross-sell new resources. Invest in technology to become more agile and accessible to your clients. Find new ways to bring in new business.

About On Balance Search
On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence. Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises experienced attorneys at every stage of their career to take them to the next level. From making the lateral partner move to succession planning.

Shari takes a proactive approach to advising law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm. On Balance Search identifies opportunities that exist today, not down the road.

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