But despite networking’s inarguable value, lawyers often find it to be a challenge—even a downright chore. While effective networking takes time, effort and research, the potential rewards—discovering a mentor, stumbling upon a highly sought after position or simply learning something new and relevant—are invaluable. The reality is, like it or not, getting out there and networking is critical to your success. More
A quick fyi, as we will be at our hometown Chicago event again this year: The Inside Counsel “Superconference” runs May 11 through 13. Look for us there, or email in advance to schedule a time to meet during the conference. To register, visit www.icsuperconference.com
It’s safe to say, the economy is experiencing a real boost. According to Department of Labor statistics, in each month of last year, employers added an average of 246,000 jobs—making 2014 the strongest year for employment since 1999.
As we head into 2015, we do it with the momentum of a growing economy and jobs market at our backs. It’s the right time to look at your paycheck and ask yourself, “Should I ask for a raise?”
Of course everyone wants a raise and feels deserving of it, but the question really begs a political assessment of your specific question. Don’t jump to requesting a raise if you have reason to believe your position may be insecure, or if your company happens to be struggling. More
Taking a new job often comes with huge risks: It means leaving your comfort zone and engaging in the unexpected; it means forming new relationships with new co-workers in a new office; it means working in an unknown corporate culture that may or may not be a good fit. But not seeking out or accepting a new position—particularly for those who have spent several years in the same role—also raises some important questions: Are there better opportunities out there that I may be missing out on? Does my current employer value the work I’m currently doing? Can I do more meaningful work here or somewhere else? Am I being compensated appropriately? More
Last month, I discussed why it’s important, when possible, for lawyers to volunteer for pro bono work. In summary, pro bono helps your career in three ways: it enhances your skill sets, offers opportunities to build relationships within the legal community and beyond, and allows you to demonstrate leadership skills.
Understanding the role pro bono plays in your career is the first step. Finding the right pro bono opportunities for you is the next. No doubt, you will be guided by your individual beliefs and likely target organizations that are doing work you strongly support. More
Over the years, I’ve talked to countless in-house counsel who set aside time to take on pro bono projects—and, not coincidentally, these lawyers tend to be the most satisfied (and successful) in their careers.
Sure, pro bono work feels good. Helping people who are unable to afford legal services they may desperately need—such as writing a will, fighting an eviction or foreclosure proceeding, or handling complicated immigration paperwork, to name a few—is something most lawyers enter law school assuming they would do. But when “life happens,” it’s easy to put pro bono work on the back burner. More
If you are a member of the ACC chapter in Kentucky, I look forward to meeting you on Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs. I will be on the 11:30 panel titled, “Me 2.0: The Importance of a Digital Profile for Career Development.”
Since this is your “Day at the Races” event, I also hope to show off the handicapping skills I learned from my uncle growing up near The Meadowlands in New Jersey. Who says we cannot mix business with pleasure?
Thank you to E.M. Lysonge, Vice President of Legal Affairs with Churchill Downs Incorporated, for the speaking invitation. I look forward to it. Mike
Until recently, it was our practice at Evers Legal to stick with traditional background and reference checks. We did not Google our candidates before presenting them to clients. We felt, honestly, that we’d rather not know how they spend their limited amount of personal time. It’s none of our business.
Then, as you may suspect of the direction this story is leading, we ended up with a bit of egg on our faces. Without getting into the details, suffice it to say, one of our clients discovered some online information about a candidate we had presented for consideration—and it wasn’t pretty. More
Congratulations to this year’s R3-100 honorees. This is a list of senior level women to watch. The “R3″ stands for ready in three years to become a general counsel. Many of these terrific in-house attorneys are ready now, if you ask us. For example, check our Counsel Q&A for a profile of Wendy Hufford.
It was a privilege to participate in the nominating process. Read more about this program and see the full list.
What are the goals of your feedback system and are you meeting them? According to Douglas Stone, co-author with Sheila Heen of “Thanks for the Feedback,” this is the first question companies should be asking themselves when it’s time to sit down for those annual reviews.
Feedback consists of two equally important elements—giving and receiving. Last month, I discussed some of the best practices with receiving feedback. This column will address giving it.
Stone contends that the success of delivering effective feedback, favorable or otherwise, has more to do with the receiver than the giver. As the example cited in last month’s column illustrated: The same feedback given simultaneously to two different people may result in widely divergent conclusions. More