Water your Associates!

Recently, I noticed a small sign hanging on a new tree the city had just planted – a little tree begging for someone to notice the help that it needs to reach the potential the city hoped it would when it was planted. Of course, my mind immediately went to attorney development (don’t we all see ties to coaching and training everywhere we look? Just me?). I snapped a photo and began wondering if new attorneys should wear a similar sign to draw this same attention.

It’s easy to forget junior attorneys need regular and consistent input and feedback to reach their full potential, much like newly planted trees need regular and consistent watering to fully establish their root systems. Without those around them taking the time to share what they’re doing well, what they could do better, how they could grow their practice, or how they might approach a problem differently, these new attorneys are less likely to grow into the mature, experienced professionals that you need them to become – ones who have developed a healthy root system that allows them to thrive for longer periods without external inputs. (Though, of course, even the most mature trees – and attorneys – still need some water now and again, they just know how to survive better in dry times because they got the care they needed early on).

You plant a tree – or hire a new attorney – with the hope and expectation that they grow and develop to reach their full potential. For each, it is far less likely to happen without regular and consistent input at the beginning, when the roots are still developing. Let’s help our newest attorneys get all the water they need during this critical, early stage, when they most need the nourishment to grow the roots required for them to reach their full potential.

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