SOUND BITES FROM THE WISDOM OF VERY SUCCESSFUL WOMEN LAWYERS
A panel of senior (in status) Boomer and Gen X law firm partners and corporate counsel imparted, with both wisdom and humor how they mastered their career trajectories at the Women in Law Empowerment Forum’s (WILEF East) March 19, 2014 program. The women, in several cases, described how their careers evolved in surprising ways, sometimes the opposite of what they thought they wanted until they gave it a shot.
Here is a collection of sound bites (not necessarily in their exact words) from the discussion that I found both appealing and valuable for the lawyers in the audience and even beyond the legal profession/industry.
- Opportunity favors the prepared.
- Listen for your boss’ priorities.
- Have your boss’ back so he/she can trust you.
- Propose solutions; don’t just do the rote thing with an assignment.
- Be your authentic self and try to assure that everyone perceives you the same way.
- Never say “never.”
- Don’t consider what you at first perceive as failures to be failures.
- Don’t cover up mistakes. Own up to them and immediately suggest a solution.
- Show you are constantly thinking beyond what is required.
- Never confess (especially to a man) what you don’t know. Go find it out.
- Always look for both mentors and for opportunities to mentor others.
- Wisdom only comes from an accumulation of experiences.
On the theme of POWER:
- People give up power by thinking they don’t have any
- Men define power as control. Women define power as influence.
- Assert yourself from the beginning when you negotiate compensation.
- People perceive power from symbols
- Project a sense of self-respect to be perceived as powerful.
- Power is when people more experienced than you respond and do work for you.
- Act confident and you will attain power.
Which ones resonate with you, whether you are a lawyer or not, a woman or not? Share your thoughts in comments here.
Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com