I haven't recommended a good book for quite some time, but I really could not resist passing this along to you. I just finished reading Don't Be A Yes Chick! by Molly Hall and Laney Lyons -- and even though I think the title may be a bit deceiving -- this book could be a lifesaver for you as an attorney in a small or solo practice. When you strike out on your own to build a small firm, you are definitely donning the entrepreneur's hat. This can be a particularly difficult task in the legal profession, which has been dominated by large law firms, top-heavy bureaucracy, endless meetings and mindless protocols. The very people who excel at minutia and are so valued in the large firm, may be the ones who are stifling your growth as a solo or small firm entrepreneur.
Molly Hall and Laney Lyons teamed up to write a spot-on guide for building an entrepreneur's support team.
The press release says Don't Be A Yes Chick! is designed to help women stop babysitting their boss, transform their job and work with a dream team without losing their sanity or spirit in the process.
Well, maybe that, too. But if you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, or attorney trying to run a profitable firm ... you soooo need this book! You know the frustrations of trying to build a support team that "gets it." You want a team that can break through the "employee mentality" and start bringing value to the table.
Chapter 1 -- Dumping Your Entitlement Mentality
Molly and Laney have a definition of Entitlement that reads:
When the things you used to appreciate about your job become things you begin to expect; when privileges no longer seem like privileges, but expectations; and when you have lost any sense of appreciation and gratitude. When you don't see that the opportunity to grow is an opportunity someone has given you, and for which you must work hard to attain and maintain, you feel entitled. When you see an opportunity as something you expect to be given to you, no matter how big or small your effort and accomplishment, you feel entitled.
The authors go on to explain how this attitude actually sidelines your career and saps any joy you may have had in your job. They explain how working in an entrepreneurial environment is very different from working in a large corporation and why every single member of the entrepreneurial team has tremendous opportunity -- to either shine like a Rock Star, or crash and burn.
Then, they give concrete steps, including guides and worksheets, to help you literally transform your career, bring value to your boss, build teams, and put both your career and the firm that is fortunate enough to employ you on the fast track to success.
Because both Molly and Laney have ample experience working in estate planning and elder law firms, their insights are spot-on for you and your firm. Since receiving my copy in the mail, I have not been able to put it down. In fact, I've asked the authors if they could provide training for me and my staff, based on their incredible book.
I promise, it will change your professional life.
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