Creating a business is not necessarily all about columns of numbers and cash flow. An entrepreneur, and let’s face it, that’s what attorneys with their own practice are, creates a place where employees spend a large percentage of their life and a place where clients can change the course of their lives.
Looking at your law practice as a place where you can have a positive impact on others – can give your life meaning. It can fulfill the dreams you have for yourself and your own family. Empowering talented people you hire to join you in your pursuit to make a difference is one level of success you can measure. By delegating the tasks that don’t require legal advice, you are creating time to make a difference in more clients’ lives and gives you the freedom to run a business.
Keeping a time log for a short while of all of the “tasks,” busy work and actual legal work that you do is a great place to start when it comes to identifying exactly what you can delegate.
Those attorneys who are unwilling to delegate are often full of excuses as to why their situation is unique instead of putting a plan in place to change their circumstances. Some of the most common excuses not to delegate include:
- I don’t have the staff in place to delegate to
- The staff I have isn’t of the caliber that could handle the responsibility
- My staff is skilled and talented enough but I don’t have time to train them
- I don’t think anyone can do a particular task as well as I can do it
Which one of these is likely the biggest reason? What responsibilities are you hanging onto that would free up your time to do something more meaningful for your practice and your clients?
Director, Member Services
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.
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San Diego, CA 92124