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Supervising Former Peers

Date November 22, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Supervising Former Peers

Here is the link from my earlier post on how to supervise former peers. You don’t need a WSJ subscription to read this version.

Learning to Be a Manager

Date November 21, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Learning to Be a Manager

Lawyers, like most professionals, receive little training in how to manage others. But even a junior associate has to know how to manage a secretary and delegate to paralegals. In today’s edition, the WSJ observes (subscription required) that even in corporate America, soft skills training is often simply “trial by fire” or “on the job”. Here are some of the most common mistakes that new managers make when they are suddenly placed in a position of authority. The article suggest that new managers err when they: (1) want to stay pals with former peers (2) assert authority too harshly (3) don’t give a problem employee honest feedback (4) want to keep doing all the work themselves or (5) assume that employees know what they want without giving employees specific direction.

In a law firm partnership, the problem can be particularly bad since partners have limited authority over other partners at the firm. David Maister and Patrick McKenna have written an excellent book on the subject entitled First Among Equals. Here is my book review.

Leaving a Job w/Grace

Date November 17, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Leaving a Job w/Grace

What’s the best way to leave a job you don’t like? Hint: don’t say f.u. to your boss even if you are thinking it. You may need him as a reference some day.

For lawyers, the benefits of a graceful exit extend beyond maintaining your references. Lawyers from prior firms can become good referral sources for conflicts work and matters that are not appropriate for the old firm.

Women Internalize Stereotypes of Themselves as Weaker Leaders

Date October 26, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Women Internalize Stereotypes of Themselves as Weaker Leaders

An article appeared in the WSJ on why 50.3% of all managers and professionals are female but women still comprise fewer than 2% of Fortune 1000 CEOs and just 7.9% of Fortune 500 top earners.

Carol Hymowitz of the WSJ reports that Catalyst (a women’s leadership organization) analyzed more than 40 studies of men and women leaders, and found no real difference in leadership styles. Despite this reality, many women perceive themselves to be weaker leaders than men.

Don't Forget About Face Time w/Clients

Date October 21, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Don't Forget About Face Time w/Clients

A blogger reminds us (check 10/15/05 post) that face time is an important part of developing your client relationships .

Making the Most of Volunteer Activities

Date October 7, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Making the Most of Volunteer Activities

Volunteering is a great way to build potential business relationships and enhance your career (while feeling good about doing good.) Here are some good tips to help you get the most out of your volunteer efforts.

Tips for delegating

Date October 3, 2005 Comment Comments Off on Tips for delegating

Ellen Ostrow, a career consultant in D.C. who does a lot of work with lawyers, publishes a career newsletter that is very good. You can read her archive on her website and subscribe for free for future issues. The latest issue has a very good article on delegating.

I didn’t see the newsletter on delegating in her archives, yet, but I’m sure she would be happy to send it to you if you subscribe to her newsletter.