Change is good for so many reasons. Most people fear change and believe it will have an immediate negative impact on their life or career.
Some of my favorite reasons why change is good for you:
- Without change, things stay the same and ultimately will stagnate and die.
- It takes much more energy and effort to resist change than it does to accept it.
- Change is opportunity.
- Change is a harbinger of possibilities.
- When we change we adapt and move forward when we don’t we move backward.
- Change is exciting and forces you to move.
- Status quo is boring and gets you nowhere.
- Change ensures that bad situations cannot last forever.
- Learning to embrace change makes you more flexible and adaptable, which in turn makes you more successful.
- Since most will resist change, successful people will use this fact to their advantage.
Each one of us in the National Partner Group has made a change. Either by leaving our comfort zone of associates recruiting or branching off into partner recruiting. This meant leaving the comfort of a role that each of us was successful and thriving. In making that transition, and learning why change is good – it has enabled us to each truly empathizes with our partner candidates and our clients alike. Here is how some of us view change:
Before I started recruiting, I was as adverse to change as any young attorney who has accumulated significant law school debt. But, I knew after a few years of practicing law that it wasn’t my “forever job.” It still took nearly 9 years of practicing law before I finally made the career shift to recruiting. In contrast, making the move from Associate recruiting to Partners and Counsel has been a far more natural transition. With that said, I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit that it has also been intimidating and difficult. But like anything, practice makes perfect. The more Partner candidates I speak to, the less scary it is; the more times I break down a Partner’s “numbers”, the more skilled I am at the task; and the more times I guide a Partner through a Lateral Partner Questionnaire, the better coach I become.
As my recruiting experience has grown, I have naturally gravitated toward more challenging searches, thus my own personality has made this change one that I couldn’t resist. I expect that I will continue to face ups and downs as I embrace this change, but I know that I will also continue to grow professionally as I tackle the challenges and opportunities that it has brought me.
Throughout my career as an attorney, I was extremely averse to change. I have friends that I went to law school with that are at the same firm for over 15 years, not because they love it, but because they are afraid to make a move. They are miserable and think that their current situation cannot change. So, they feel stuck. The first major change that altered the direction of my career was after I had been at a firm for 9 years. Taking a leap, and leaving my comfort zone, created a momentum that changed the direction of my career, and my personal life. It was scary, as change always is, but one step, led to another, and I found myself embracing associate recruiting.
So, when it came time to decide whether to leave my comfort zone aside, again and shift to Partner and Counsel recruiting, it was less scary and more exciting. I believe my experiences throughout my career help me to empathize and appreciate what my candidates are going through. I also have a tremendous amount of confidence in working with my clients and have developed relationships with Managing/Hiring Partners and Executive Directors that enable me to match my candidates with a firm that will be the right fit.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Get to Know Our Partner Group Series!