By James Campbell
I'm a hat guy. I love my New Era 59/50 Royals caps. My 2014 Post-season Royals cap is by far my favorite, even though it's gotten pretty dingy as of late. My brother, Michael, is constantly giving me tips on how to clean the cap. His not so subtle nudge to wash that thing does not go unnoticed but if I wash it I'm afraid the Royals will lose. They need my dingy cap. I rarely switch it up, opting to wear my favorite one most of the time.
At the office however, it's imperative that I wear multiple hats. I'm constantly switching hats from marketing consultant, salesperson, creative director, account manager and so on. Most of these hats fit me pretty well and I'm able to manage. Things don't get uncomfortable until I'm asked to wear a hat that really doesn't fit me. Like the Google Analytics hat, or the Search Engine Optimization hat or especially the dreaded accounting hat. It's better I let other team members wear those hats ... because they fit them perfectly.
Do you find this to be true in your law practice?
How many hats are you wearing these days?
I find that, if given their druthers, most attorneys would opt to wear their attorney hat the majority of the time. When that hat is on they are typically happier, more efficient and way more profitable. However, many estate and elder law attorneys are not only wearing their attorney hat, but also their marketing director hat. It doesn't stop there either - many other hats are being worn as well. As you can imagine this not only looks ridiculous but it becomes very hard to balance all those hats at once!
So, are you wearing too many hats?