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Legal Mentoring Or Mental Coaching? Sports Star Advice About Securing A Successful Mindset In Law Practice

Professional golfers, like most athletes have a team of coaches for every aspect of their game: swing coach, short game coach, strength and conditioning coach. However, one of the most important coaches on the roster might just be the one you’d least expect: the mental coach.

Yet, when PGA pro-golfer Jason day needed to replace his regular caddie in an important tournament, that’s exactly where he looked for help, reports Forbes Contributor Carmine Gallo in his article, “5 Mental Tune-Ups To Deliver the Presentation Of Your Life”.

“When asked how he hits a good shot, Jack Nicklaus once attributed 50 percent of it to having a solid mental picture. Only 10 percent was the swing itself,” continues Gallo.

So who is the mental coach in the practice of law?

Attorneys are rarely alone on the courtroom floor. There’s first chair and second chair to back them up. Which is why it is especially important to recognize the value of mentorship and mental coachmenship in the legal profession.

Here are some qualities from some of world’s greatest coaches of all time that law firm professionals should look for in a workplace mentor:

Be animated when you argue

Whether it’s a presentation pitch to a new client or an opening statement by counsel, you should not be afraid to be animated in your arguments. When you look for a mental coach, look for a person with a great sense of passion for his or her practice.

Slow and steady, Bobby Cox, four-time winner of Manager of the Year, led the Braves to a division title every playable season from 1991 to 2005, and a World Series win in 1995. He also holds the record for most ejections of all time with 158.

“And then you’ll probably have to write a $500 check. Or you can do what I do, write a $10,000 one and tell them when it runs out, let me know,” Cox infamously said.

Have faith in your team and your strategies for moving cases toward a win. Surround yourself with people of similar attitudes.

Take wins graciously

In sports, like law, it’s all about the win. But, for every win there’s sure to be a loss—or at least a setback. Which is why it is important to take all news, good or bad in stride.

A mental coach will respect tenacity, the ability to keep going, rain or shine, win or lose.

“I celebrate a victory when I start walking off the field. By the time I get to the locker room, I’m done,” said the leader of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tom Osborne.

Osborne never won fewer than nine games in a season and won national championships in 1994 and 1995, as well as a share of a third in 1997.
He led a powerful ground game and tenacious defense, leaving a legacy and a record of 60–3 over his final five seasons, as the fastest coach in Division I-A history to win 250 games.

Osborne didn’t stop there. He was eventually elected as a member of Congress. Clearly people respected the personality of leader, desired the stick-with-it attitude of a man who wants to get things done, and were looking for a mental coach in their political representation.

Don’t sweat the small things

A mental coach knows that disputes between colleagues or gossiping, for example, can bring down the productivity of a case.

Walter Alston knew that about his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He won seven National League pennants in 23 years as the Dodgers Manager. He also knew how to keep his team focused.

“Individual grievances and pet peeves have got to go by the wayside. Generally, you don’t have to worry about the guys who are playing every day, it’s the guys who are sitting on the bench that are the ones that get needles in their pants,” said Alston.

Law firm professionals need mental coaches who have no patience for pettiness.

Don’t hurry, hustle!

Chuck Noll earned respect for his winning and caring nature. Under Noll’s leadership, Joe Gilliam became the league’s first African-American starting quarterback and Franco Harris became the first African American to win the Super Bowl MVP award.

Noll knew how to cultivate talent. He also realized that winning isn’t about rushing through plays, but about the moment when mental preparedness meets action:

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

Law firm professionals, like professional athletes, have a lot to gain by a well-nurtured mental game.

Take The Center for Competitive Management’s audio course, “Integrating Legal Mentoring With Law Practice Management,” to find out more about how successful firms create a culture in which mentoring and coaching becomes an inclusive process that is fully integrated with how it does business.

Need other inspiration? Read “The 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time.

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Legal Mentoring Or Mental Coaching? Sports Star Advice About Securing A Successful Mindset In Law Practice

Professional golfers, like most athletes have a team of coaches for every aspect of their game: swing coach, short game coach, strength and conditioning coach. However, one of the most important coaches on the roster might just be the one you’d least expect: the mental coach.

Yet, when PGA pro-golfer Jason day needed to replace his regular caddie in an important tournament, that’s exactly where he looked for help, reports Forbes Contributor Carmine Gallo in his article, “5 Mental Tune-Ups To Deliver the Presentation Of Your Life”.

“When asked how he hits a good shot, Jack Nicklaus once attributed 50 percent of it to having a solid mental picture. Only 10 percent was the swing itself,” continues Gallo.

So who is the mental coach in the practice of law?

Attorneys are rarely alone on the courtroom floor. There’s first chair and second chair to back them up. Which is why it is especially important to recognize the value of mentorship and mental coachmenship in the legal profession.

Here are some qualities from some of world’s greatest coaches of all time that law firm professionals should look for in a workplace mentor:

Be animated when you argue

Whether it’s a presentation pitch to a new client or an opening statement by counsel, you should not be afraid to be animated in your arguments. When you look for a mental coach, look for a person with a great sense of passion for his or her practice.

Slow and steady, Bobby Cox, four-time winner of Manager of the Year, led the Braves to a division title every playable season from 1991 to 2005, and a World Series win in 1995. He also holds the record for most ejections of all time with 158.

“And then you’ll probably have to write a $500 check. Or you can do what I do, write a $10,000 one and tell them when it runs out, let me know,” Cox infamously said.

Have faith in your team and your strategies for moving cases toward a win. Surround yourself with people of similar attitudes.

Take wins graciously

In sports, like law, it’s all about the win. But, for every win there’s sure to be a loss—or at least a setback. Which is why it is important to take all news, good or bad in stride.

A mental coach will respect tenacity, the ability to keep going, rain or shine, win or lose.

“I celebrate a victory when I start walking off the field. By the time I get to the locker room, I’m done,” said the leader of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tom Osborne.

Osborne never won fewer than nine games in a season and won national championships in 1994 and 1995, as well as a share of a third in 1997.
He led a powerful ground game and tenacious defense, leaving a legacy and a record of 60–3 over his final five seasons, as the fastest coach in Division I-A history to win 250 games.

Osborne didn’t stop there. He was eventually elected as a member of Congress. Clearly people respected the personality of leader, desired the stick-with-it attitude of a man who wants to get things done, and were looking for a mental coach in their political representation.

Don’t sweat the small things

A mental coach knows that disputes between colleagues or gossiping, for example, can bring down the productivity of a case.

Walter Alston knew that about his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He won seven National League pennants in 23 years as the Dodgers Manager. He also knew how to keep his team focused.

“Individual grievances and pet peeves have got to go by the wayside. Generally, you don’t have to worry about the guys who are playing every day, it’s the guys who are sitting on the bench that are the ones that get needles in their pants,” said Alston.

Law firm professionals need mental coaches who have no patience for pettiness.

Don’t hurry, hustle!

Chuck Noll earned respect for his winning and caring nature. Under Noll’s leadership, Joe Gilliam became the league’s first African-American starting quarterback and Franco Harris became the first African American to win the Super Bowl MVP award.

Noll knew how to cultivate talent. He also realized that winning isn’t about rushing through plays, but about the moment when mental preparedness meets action:

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

Law firm professionals, like professional athletes, have a lot to gain by a well-nurtured mental game.

Take The Center for Competitive Management’s audio course, “Integrating Legal Mentoring With Law Practice Management,” to find out more about how successful firms create a culture in which mentoring and coaching becomes an inclusive process that is fully integrated with how it does business.

Need other inspiration? Read “The 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time.

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Five Ways To Be Your Firm’s Next Rising Star

A hot new article on Forbes today is “Five Ways To Be Amazing At Work,” by Steve Siebold, a corporate consultant and author of 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class.

It’s hard to resist a title like that!

First, we’re told to be obsessed with productivity. Well, on a Friday, it’s easy to be obsessed with productivity. Every wasted minute at work is one less for leisure during the weekend.

But, what can we do specifically at law firms to improve productivity? Set the mood. Shut the door. Play calming music. Set a timer and work in 15-minute increments to keep totally focused.

Productivity is often about time management. Allocate a certain amount of time to a task and then disconnect. Unplug the phone and put “do not disturb” on your office door. The fewer interruptions the better the creative flow.

The second step to being amazing at work is to solve problems says Siehold.

This is an easy one. At work, keep a running tally of problems at the firm and within case matters. Create a two-column page with one side “problems” and the other “solutions.” It’s amazing how such a short exercise can go a long way in solving problems with law firm management practices or with cases in particular.

Third, take risks. For law firms, this isn’t necessarily the best advice. Of course, risk taking can pay off. But, it can also backfire. Luckily, there’s a simple adjective that can solve this problem. Take calculated risks.

And, take calculated risks on people. Give young associates a chance to shine.

“The great ones never play it safe when it comes to leading their teams through change, knowing their job is to serve as a guide and coach,” writes Siehold.

Fourth, have a strong work ethic.

For lawyers, it’s important to have a strong ethic in general. Don’t forget the right and wrong of cases you’re trying to win. Dedication to your work and believing in its ethic will go a long way to increasing your passion and productivity.

Finally, find a coach. For law firms, a coach should be a mentor, whether it’s a senior associate or law firm partner. Mentorship is an important part of the law.

“If a person works hard and gets a pay check he has a job. But if a person works hard, gets a pay check, and learns a new skill, she has a career,” writes Joseph Folkman for the HBR Blog in the article, “Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees?

In any business, it pays to let people make mistakes. And, if you establish a mentorship program, it’s likely your firm will gradually see less and less of them.

With proper training, your employees can learn to communicate and cope–with confidence–during moments of both success and failure. Not to mention that, in the future, your firm will gain good leaders and good lawyers.

For more ideas about how to increase productivity at your firm, read C4CM’s 69-page guide Creating a Flexible Workplace,” a powerful how-to resource on developing a workforce flexibility initiative that not only helps your employees manage their work and personal responsibilities effectively, but also boosts productivity and your company’s performance.

Some of its guidance includes how to:

  • Lower costs associated with employee absenteeism
  • Improve staff retention and recruitment efforts
  • Maximize employee productivity and performance
  • Improve quality and effectiveness of employee work and personal lives
  • Decrease health care utilization costs
  • Reduce organizational facilities’ costs
  • Enhance reputation as an employer of choice

-WB

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Questions That Shed Light On Your Boss’ Bad Behavior

Just when you thought it was time to start the weekend, your boss comes into your office with more urgent work to do. Why does this always happen on Friday afternoons?

Trying to understand your boss’ behavior can be difficult. Often law firm managers are under pressure to produce certain work product for clients or bill a certain number of hours in the week. Although these requirements may contribute to an associate’s woes, they are not a complete explanation for all of a boss’ bad behavior.

For example, does your boss play favorites? Schedule Friday evening meetings? Worse yet—are these Friday evening meetings regularly canceled and rescheduled for Saturday mornings?

To associates, it often appears like your supervisor is less of a mentor and more of a tormentor. So, as a subordinate, how can you tell the difference between management and mis-management?

“Start by doing some diagnostic work,” writes John Beeson in “Dealing with a Bad Boss,” for the Harvard Business Review Blog.

“What are your boss’s goals and interests? What does he value? A sense of urgency, attention to detail, getting everyone on board before advancing a proposed initiative?”

These questions can help employees identify their boss’ motivations. Once you understand what your boss prioritizes, it will be easier to predict what tasks with which you will be delegated.

“By helping your boss achieve his goals and communicating actively on those issues he cares about—and doing so in his preferred style—you can begin to build the boss’s confidence and make an imperfect relationship acceptable for the period of time you report to him,” concludes Beeson.

“Also, try to identify your boss’s base of knowledge and expertise and convey a desire to learn from him. Often when a boss feels valued and confident that he is receiving all of the information he feels necessary to do his job, the seeds of a more positive relationship are sown.”

So, next time you think your boss is micromanaging your work, consider this: If your boss is the type of person to feel more valued when his advice or approval is constantly sought, why not preempt the micromanaging and report to him on an hourly basis.

Adapt your working style to your boss’ management style. You may reap the rewards. For example, when your boss feels up-to-date on the status of all your assignments, he may feel it’s no longer necessary to conduct that Friday evening meeting.

Another way to gain insight into the complicated mind of a manager is to simply ask questions.

Not only should you perform a silent diagnostic assessment of your supervisor’s management style, you should also start asking direct questions. Questions demonstrate your tendency as an employee to be detail-oriented, goal-oriented, and cooperative. Answers from your boss may assuage your concerns about their mis-behavior.

If you think your boss is playing favorites, for example, ask a simple question. “Can I be assigned such-and-such important task next time?” If your boss doesn’t trust you enough, you’ll find out. If your boss isn’t actually playing favorites, he should oblige your request.

The more questions you ask, the more insight you’ll gain into a manager’s working style, preferences, and–frankly–their opinion about you.

The point is, before you start placing blame, think hard about whether or not problems with you boss involve your behavior, or their bad behavior. Asking questions is the first step in finding answers.

“In their landmark study, The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job, Morgan McCall, Mike Lombardo, and Ann Morrison found that having a bad boss was actually one of a future leader’s most formative developmental experiences since those leaders were able to identify the ways they didn’t want to manage,” Beeson reminds us in his HBR article.

So if you can’t get inside your boss’ head to understand his bad behavior—if internal analysis and external questioning can’t solve it—then at least feel comforted by the fact that you’re the better for it.

-WB

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Volunteer For Little League Soccer & Watch Your Career Score Big

Sure, volunteer work looks good on a marketing website or your individual resume. But, participating in volunteer work—specifically youth mentorship programs—can also help further your legal career.

Unconvinced?

Here’s what law firm professionals gain personally and professionally from volunteer work:

1. Patience. For leaders in the legal world, patience is often the least practiced skill. Yet, it can be one of the most important ones to perform.

Stories from corporate America are sadly rife with anecdotes regarding bad bosses, the ones who yell at associates, take credit for others’ work, and who consistently turn down your request for vacation days.

Now imagine these bosses become coaches for youth or student soccer teams.

Students are dependent on working parents to drop them off to the field on time, they are saddled with numerous extracurricular activities and homework, and they are full of high candy-induced levels of energy.

In this scenario, it would be impossible to punish or blame a young student for her parents’ tardiness or for her lack of skill and commitment (after all, she’s only 8 years old).

Patience is the key to parenting, as well as coaching. And, unsurprisingly, to leadership in general.

This is why law firm management and senior attorneys benefit from practicing with the associates the same patience they extend to this imaginary soccer team. Not because your professionals behave like children (although they might), but because their experience is immature and needs nurturing.

The next time an associate makes a mistake, remember it’s likely due to a breakdown in mentorship and training on the part of senior management. Show the same patience in explaining the problem and developing a solution to your associates as you would a youth soccer team.

Better yet, sign up for volunteer coaching and watch your skills for patience and understanding unfold.

2. Calm. When you envision children at play, typically it’s not with a sense of calm.

Children are chaotic, disruptive, and energetic. Which is why, youth mentorship or volunteer work with children will help you develop your own sense of calm.

Working in a volunteer setting—where the organization may be understaffed or its clients just rowdy—will help law firm professionals manage responsibility under stress.

In addition, the extra time obligation and personal commitment to a regular volunteer assignment has the power to quickly condition a person to mange their time more effectively; supervise multiple people despite a disruptive setting; and retreat to a sense of internal calm, when necessary, under pressure.

3. Youth. Today, when reflecting on the image of the younger generation, it’s easy to picture kids with white earbuds connected to iPods, smartphones in hand, notes being passed across classroom via instant message, and Facebook status updates (ok, that last one may be ageless).

With this particular portrait in mind, you—the professional—can profit from this youth.

“Each generation has its own favored communication tools, and you may be shocked at how much you profit personally and professionally from the savvy of the young,” write Bill Russell and Nancy Altobello for the Harvard Business Review Blog.

“For example, if you mentor a young person who grew up with Facebook and Twitter, you may gain a social media tutor in the process.”

Social media is an important field to master as a law firm professional, whether it’s to settle your online privacy lawsuit, to attract new small-business clients, or to update the firm’s blog.

So, next time you’re talking about “kids these days,” let the discussion be addressed to them and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.

4. Appreciation for diversity.

“Today’s managers can expect to be part of diverse teams, so they need to be inclusive and to find ways to get the best from every team member. Mentoring is a great way to learn those cross-cultural skills,” explain Bill Russell and Nancy Altobello for the Harvard Business Review Blog.

“Since matching young people with mentors of the same race and ethnicity alone is less effective than matching them based on shared interests and goals, mentors are often paired with kids from social and economic cultures different from their own.”

Parents are still wondering—why youth mentorship? After all, your own little ones provide enough fodder for learning without the additional workload of volunteering.

It’s not just because there are millions of kids in the world looking for mentors and who need the extra aid, it’s because adults behave differently around their own children. And, children in need provide the best lessons that lawyers—of a different economic bracket—likely never get at home.

Volunteering doesn’t just look good for the firm; it creates better leaders in the workplace. Impress your clients superficially, but impact your professional career profoundly by participating in a youth mentorship program.

-WB

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When Bosses Play Favorites: Leadership Tips For Managers & Employees

On a regular Tuesday afternoon, I once asked a legal assistant if she preferred one of her three daughters to the others. To my disbelief, she answered honestly, “Well, yes. I love them all, but I just have more in common with Janine.”

At home, parents play favorites. In the office, bosses do, too.

In addition to skillset, ability, or pedigree, employers can’t help but judge a person on personality. And, those associates who have more in common in terms of sports teams, school mascots, hobbies, and family will likely form de facto alliances at the firm.

Problems arise when those alliances form between a boss and a subordinate. As a result, other—often equally capable—employees receive less praise, less attention, and less interesting work.

Unsurprisingly, this idea is more than a suspicion. Data from a recent study, conducted by a leadership development consultancy and published by the Harvard Business Review Blog, confirms that there is such a thing as the boss’s favorites.

“And while, in any disagreement we inevitably find both parties bear part of the fault—that is, the disgruntled employees do certainly play some role in their own unhappiness—we consistently found in the analysis that their complaints were justified,” writes Joseph Folkman for the HBR Blog in the article, “Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees?

“Their managers were in fact treating the disgruntled employee differently than they treated their very satisfied employees.”

Surprisingly, however, both managers and employees can get back in one another’s good graces once again. With a few changes in behavior and attitude, managers can boost the performance of their most disgruntled associates. In turn, disgruntled associates do play a role in their own happiness at work. Become the boss’s new favorite by increasing open and honest communication.

Leaders in the office, according to the aforementioned study, need to:

1. Encourage employees more.

The study focused on the six percent of people in the database of 160,576 employees who displayed the lowest levels of job satisfaction and commitment on their 360 evaluations of their bosses. When this six percent was asked to name the skill that they thought was most important for their boss to demonstrate, the top response was “Inspire and motivate others.”

From a manager’s perspective, it’s far more rewarding to focus on the career development of the most receptive and happy employees in the bunch. Working over and over to inspire those who have poor attitudes or performance feels draining. In fact, negative attitudes tend to be contagious.

However, it’s for this reason that leaders need to work harder to encourage any disgruntled associates. Ignoring the problem will just compound it and increases employee dissatisfaction.

What’s more, the aforementioned study indicates that when bosses treat their disgruntled employees like everyone else—as if they show equal promise—the employees’ performance and behavior quickly improves.

2. Take an interest in associate development.

“If a person works hard and gets a pay check he has a job. But if a person works hard, gets a pay check, and learns a new skill, she has a career,” sagely writes Folkman.

Bosses play favorites when they focus career development strategies solely on the high-potential associates. Unfortunately, everyone else is left to drown in their wake. Call these employees underachievers, disgruntled, inept. But, the reality is your firm is a team.

If you expect the worst from your associates, you’ll get it.

Take interest in the career development of every employee. You’ll create a more well-rounded legal team, as well as dispel any rumors that you play favorites. Becoming a beloved leader will inspire more productivity and happiness among subordinates.

From these conclusions, disgruntled employees—or, at least, those associates who are not among the boss’s favorites—ought to:

3. Listen to other associates.

There may be a reason you are not among the boss’s favorites. You are that underperformer, underachiever, and generally disgruntled employee. Have you heard people say you have a bad attitude? Do other employees tend to bypass your office whenever they’re looking to discuss last night’s ball game?

Listen to what other associates are talking about. If your personal interests hold you back from being the favorite, it’s time to weigh in.

“Managers go to lunch more with people they like, our data show; they talk with them more socially (about children, sports, etc); they know them more personally. This is natural, surely, but so are the feelings of exclusion it creates among the less favored,” Folkman explains about the study results.

“A small effort by managers to spread their attention around more broadly can go a long way here.”

And, a small effort by employees to endear their managers can also go a long way.

4. Give feedback, in addition to taking it gracefully.

It turns out, a major complaint of the bottom six percent of the study was that bosses did not give them honest feedback. Instead, bosses wrote “You’re coming along fine,” or other innocuous comments in regard to performance.

When you find yourself faced with a disingenuous review—or even just a generic one—ask questions. Seek further feedback.

Not only will your boss perceive this as a increased interest in the job, but she will also likely appreciate your honesty and return it. But, that being said, be prepared for negative remarks. Listen and accept gracefully. Then, ask how you can improve.

Furthermore, give feedback about your boss’s leadership skills. Ask for more one-on-one mentorship. Don’t wait for an anonymous study to show that they play favorites–let them know you’d like to be one by seeking more work responsibility and building trust.

This year, make favoritism by your boss work to your favor.

-WB

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How Firms Integrate Legal Mentorship Programs & Why You Benefit

If you really think about the “sink or swim” philosophy, you’ll find it’s not only outdated but it’s also ridiculous. In the workplace, do firms really benefit from giving employees two choices: either resounding success or utter failure?

In business, it pays to let people make mistakes. And, if you establish a mentorship program, it’s likely your firm will gradually see less and less of them.

With proper training, your employees can learn to communicate and cope–with confidence–during moments of both success and failure. Not to mention that, in the future, your firm will gain good leaders and good lawyers.

Here’s how you start.

Establish a formal system

Although this may seem intuitive, the first step to training your youngest associates is to establish a formal system for mentorship within your law firm. More often than not, mentorship programs in the office are de facto—where a junior attorney has come to appreciate and admire a more senior one.

Use these informal relationships to guide mentor-mentee pairings within your formal mentorship program. But, make sure both parties are aware of the position’s requirements. Dedicate at least one day to dolling out responsibilities that are clear, concise, and mandatory.

Your mentorship program may involve bi-weekly meetings. Or, perhaps employees meet about a specific work product once a day. Whatever your system, it should be organized, written down, and implemented with high expectations and complete transparency.

Create a feedback-rich culture

In the same way that mentorship programs should be formalized and recognized by law firm partners, these programs should also emphasize communication.

“The most successful organizations are defined by a feedback-rich culture; that is, communication is inherent in the culture and there are systems to support it,” writes The Complete Lawyer.

“Employees feel they know what’s going on and, more importantly, how they are doing because their supervisors tell them on a daily basis. That way, nothing in a performance evaluation comes as a surprise.”

This feedback should not flow top-down. Instead, keep communication channels open on a lateral level. This means criticism from senior attorneys reach the ears of their junior mentees. However, this also means junior attorneys should feel comfortable suggesting ways their senior mentor can include legal writing, litigation, or other real-world experiences needed to round-out his or her professional repertoire.

Successful teams talk amongst themselves freely and equally. Leaders listen to their followers. Mentorship is no exception.

Provide measures for success

It’s not enough to implement a mentorship program. Your firm should also create goals and measures for success when these goals are met.

For example, if your primary goal for this program is to increase the trial experience of your young litigants, the measure for success should track number of courtroom hours, speaking time, and trial wins.

Measures for success should include increased happiness on the part of both people. Senior attorneys should have confidence in the work product of junior ones. And, junior attorneys should feel like their ideas are given due consuderation.

“Getting the work done yourself is the right answer on any individual day, but when you string a bunch of days together, it is a terrible solution. That’s why leadership needs to provide the long view,” concludes writes The Complete Lawyer.

Mentorship programs are essentially lessons on teamwork. Not only should each employee add value, but each employee should also feel valued, as well. Keep in mind that these programs should be designed to train future leaders as much as future lawyers.

A little bit of leadership training through mentorship programs can benefit firms in a big way by shortening employee learning curves, making billable hours more productive, and creating happier associates.

“Once your firm understands the actual cost of turnover, retention is reason enough for good mentoring.”

-WB

For more information, attend C4CM’s course, “Integrating Legal Mentoring With Law Practice Management.

The comprehensive audio conference explores how successful firms create a culture in which mentoring and coaching becomes an inclusive process that is fully integrated with how it does business. It’ll answer questions such as: (1) Is mentoring worth the time it takes? (2) Is it a real tool, or a ‘nice to say you have’? (3) Can it really deliver any quantifiable results?

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