Like so many others, I was moved by reading passenger text messages published in the wake of the Southwest Airlines emergency last week that claimed the life of a young mother. One news account quoted a passenger on that flight saying that everyone was on their phone during those harrowing 20 minutes as the pilots struggled to control the aircraft and bring it in for a safe landing.
Everyone on that plane who thought it was their last moment was desperate to reach loved ones. Not one person was texting work to give final instructions for finishing a report or filing a brief.
Life is about priorities. And when you own or run a law firm, you have to let go of the things that either don’t matter or that someone else could be doing as well or better than you. Unfortunately, many lawyers are control freaks. And while having your fingers in every single little pie may serve you well while you are building your business, it becomes a liability for you eventually when no one can make a move without you.
To run a successful law firm, you have to learn to do what you do best and leave the rest to others you hire who are excellent at what they do best. Unless you do, you are not in control of your own life. You don’t set your own priorities; your law firm does because nothing happens without you. This leaves little time for yourself and your family.
When I speak to gatherings of attorneys, I usually talk about creating a “lifestyle law firm” — a business that enables you to do what you want, when you want to do it. And I can see from many faces in my audience that they don’t think this is attainable. That’s how I spot the control freaks.
I can tell you from my own experience — and that of many attorneys I know who have made it a priority to build a business that can run smoothly without micromanagement — that it is attainable. It all starts with learning to let go, hiring the right people and letting them do their jobs, and outsourcing some operational functions that are better left to more expert professionals.
If you’d be interested in learning how to create a lifestyle law firm of your own, come to a Rainmaker Retreat. We have the following sessions scheduled:
- May 18-19, 2018 — Atlanta, GA/Omni Atlanta Marriott Marquis
- June 22-23, 2018 — Chicago, IL/Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago
• BONUS DAY! July 20,21, 22, 2018 — Los Angeles, CA/Anaheim Marriott
• BONUS DAY! August 17,18,19, 2018 — Las Vegas, NV/Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
- September 14-15, 2018 — Atlanta, GA/The Ritz Carlton Atlanta
- October 12-13, 2018 — New Orleans, LA/The Roosevelt New Orleans
- November 9-10, 2018 — Miami, FL/The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale
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