Most law firm owners find themselves subconsciously mired in bad habits. The best ones work aggressively to change themselves over time, but let’s face facts: changing yourself on a fundamental level is hard, even if you want to remodel how you think and operate badly. And when change does happen, progress tends to be surprisingly incremental and glacial.
At the same time, you recognize that you need to change how you operate. It’s imperative. To succeed, your firm needs you to do certain new things… and stop doing certain entrenched behaviors. So how can you get out of your own way to build the firm of your dreams?
In the past, we’ve explored the theme of “inspect what you expect” – that is, you want to engage in the following two managerial activities:
To be a strong manager, you need to have the courage to apply this same discipline to your own habits and behaviors. Here’s a process to try:
Do a postmortem analysis. Did this exercise help you? Were you able to get out of your own way to accomplish what your law firm needed from you? If not, why not?
There’s a broader point to understand here. By paying attention not only to what you accomplish but also to how you accomplish it, you can incrementally improve how you operate and thus become a more strategic entrepreneur and a confident law firm owner.