Are you of the mindset that you should work to improve things you aren’t good at? While you’re not alone, you’re wasting time. As an attorney, your time is money.Don’t make the mistake of becoming more well-rounded; instead, roll with what you’re already good at and make your weaknesses irrelevant.
Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
There are some weaknesses worth spending time on–such as developing customer service skills or communication. However, you can confidently circumvent others. For example, say your handwriting is awful. As an attorney, you can make this weakness irrelevant by typing everything. Use the time you would have wasted improving your handwriting to focus on your strengths–say, idea generation.
To allot your time to the appropriate tasks that will take your practice to the next level, however, you must first understand your strengths and weaknesses. Use tools like the Kolbe assessments to gain this self-knowledge; journal and talk to friends and colleagues; and pay attention to what activities put you in the zone. List everything you’re good at as well as the things you don’t do well. Now, look at your weaknesses list. Which of these activities can you minimize in your practice and your life? Can you hire around them? Use technology to circumvent them? Plan your business so that you won’t have to touch them that often? Spend time figuring out how you can do less of what you hate doing/aren’t good at doing. Next, look at your strengths. Ask similarly useful questions. How can you leverage your strengths to get closer to your goals? How can you spend more time doing the work that puts you in the zone/makes you feel great/gives you a competitive advantage? What systems could you put in place that would allow you to get better and better at what you’re already extremely good at doing? Finally and crucially, test out solutions to sideline your weaknesses and concentrate on your strengths. For instance:
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