I’m probably not the boss from central casting. For one thing, I don’t find hierarchies or org charts all that interesting. For another, I give my teammates a lot of rope (and do my best to see they don’t hang themselves with it).
On the downside, my quirks are legendary and, when it comes to people’s performance, my reactions are broadcast on my face. More than once, I’ve been told never to play poker.
Despite it all, I seem to have a knack for collecting talented lawyers into a group and motivating them to become approachable and highly respected business partners to their clients.
In reality, what made my legal teams work so well is that the lawyers who reported to me figured out how to manage me. Yes, they ‘managed up.’ Continue reading