Archive for February, 2009

Track Lawyer Layoffs

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Law Shucks’ Layoff Tracker posts excellent data tracking attorney layoffs.

Lawyers Find Job Networking to be Hard Work

Friday, February 20th, 2009

 As lawyer lay-offs mount,  lawyers are beginning to network like crazy in hopes of finding jobs. The laid-off lawyers who call me speak with frustration about how long it is taking them to find something new.  This is because: (1) so many lawyers are flooding the market at once, (2) there are few jobs to be had, (3) the more senior a lawyer (or any professional) is, the longer it takes to get a job, and (4) generally speaking, lawyers don’t realize how hard job networking can be.

Why don’t lawyers expect job networking to be so much work?  Perhaps because finding a job–and a high paying one–has come easily in recent years. Many of these lawyers have never had to look for a job: jobs always came to them.

And so, job networking understandably brings frustration, confusion and disappointment. Having a realistic understanding about what’s involved in successful job networking–and then doing it–can really improve a lawyer’s attitude, and odds of finding something. 

Although speaking to finance professionals (as opposed to lawyers),’s recent article by Jon Jacobs titled Our Take: Networking is Hard  sets out some of the requirements of effective networking.  For example, it advises professionals to “go outside the box” in their job search, which requires departing from one’s comfort zone.  Too often lawyers rely on close contacts and family members–and headhunters (who have few jobs to offer nowadays)–when looking for a new job.  Rather, lawyers should cast their nets widely, tracking back to old classmates, and distant family friends and professional acquaintances.

As the article articulates, networking with strangers is particularly hard because it usually results in “cycling through multiple levels of contacts (one refers you to another, who then refers you to another, and so on)”. However, persistence usually pays off, so network now!

Outsmart the Economy

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Outsmart the Economy: Grow Business Globally”. Why not join me in Atlanta next Tuesday when I present this at the annual convention of Meeting Professionals International?  Even better, please come the day before to hear my presentation titled  “Create a Great Global Conference: How to Make Attendees from Other Cultures Feel Welcome and Included.” Hope to see you there.

Per Harvard, Coaches Develop Clients’ Potential and Facilitate Transition

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

In What Can Coaches Do for You? , Harvard Business Review articulates what executive coaches have known all along: most professional coaching relationships (48%) help clients heighten their professional potential and/or transition in their careers. 

Harvard’s study also shows that although coaches are hired to help with professional issues, personal issues creep into 76% of professional coaching relationships. This matches my experience as a coach. Clients hire me to help them professionally (with carer transition, client development skills etc…), but because we develop such trust, they eventually raise some personal issues.

For any coaching relationship to succeed, the client must have “a fierce desire to learn and grow.” After all, no coach can change a client; but clients who really want positive change, can change exponentially through coaching.