It’s one of those hallowed excuses in American culture and especially among lawyers: I just don’t have time. Occasionally it’s
Unhappy lawyers often confuse their attitudes, which are malleable, with personality traits, which are much more hard-wired. There’s no denying
So I’m sure you’ve heard about the New York Times’ nicely scathing article about the dysfunction of legal education in
Much like using chemicals in the garden produces impressive-looking results at first, but ultimately robs the soil and plants of what they need to survive. They become dependent on chemical help just to survive. So instead, plant yourself in the right light, soil and water. Then work on growing where you are planted.
It is difficult to explain how and why I left my job as an attorney without first explaining how and
Lawyer misery is depriving us of a lot of talent and energy that would be much better used to improve
Fun, as it turns out, is not optional if you want to stay out of the loony bin. That’s what psychology research has discovered in the last 40 years. Yet most lawyers and business people haven’t caught on.
Ten years ago, when September 11 became September 11, I felt that deep, shared national longing to find meaning in
If you’re looking to change your career, and your life, you need to figure out just what your instrinsic movitators are. You may know; but usually lawyers, with their decades-long reliance on grades and salary as motivators, are completely out of touch with what truly motivates them. You might try one of these ideas to reconnect with your true self.
Law firms use the carrot of big bonuses and salary increases to motivate higher billable hours numbers. Yet billable hours are not really what law firms sell—they’ve just fooled themselves into thinking that their measurement system is their product. What law firms sell is legal expertise and problem-solving. But Motivation 2.0 creates pressure to bill, to produce a tangible product to bill for—like a letter, brief, or memo—and means that time to engage in creative problem-solving for the client is about nil.