- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: LawyerAvenue Press (September 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940675714
- ISBN-13: 978-0940675711
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DR. LARRY RICHARD is recognized as the leading expert on the lawyer personality. Since 1981, he has counseled over 500 lawyers and has gathered personality data from over 40,000 lawyers. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. He spent the first 15 years of his practice counseling lawyers on career change and career planning. Formerly a consultant with Hildebrandt, he now heads his own firm, LawyerBrain LLC, which helps law firms with leadership and change management issues. TANYA HANSON, JD, is a career coach who works with lawyers and other professionals to discover their unique career identity and find satisfying work. Ms. Hanson is an attorney with the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund, where she edits publications and helps coordinate seminars that assist lawyers in their personal and professional lives.
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I'm still working through this book, so the final results of this effort are yet to be seen. What I will say about this book is that it is just that - a workbook. My career services counselor recommended it to me and I admit, it took me months to pick it up because I thought it was likely to contain the same information I was getting from everyone around me as soon as I began transitioning. You know what I mean - all the "What about this..." statements or the "You're a lawyer, why don't you do that..." nagging from friends and family who are (we all know it's true) are trying to be supportive but oftentimes only make us feel worse.
In fact, "What can you do..." so far doesn't seem so much a guide specifically for lawyers as it is for anyone looking for the right career direction. The case studies don't just show what lawyers "can" do, but how individuals have made transitions either within or away from law to achieve fulfillment within the framework of their own value system. The examples are refreshingly wide-ranging, such as the lawyer who never felt like she fit in and ended up moving to part-time solo practice so that she could spend the rest of her time entertaining sick children as a hospital clown. The book recognizes which traits are most prevalent in lawyers, but also that not all of us who went to law school fit the mold and that many of us are looking for a new direction precisely because we don't share the value systems or worldviews of the people we work with and the organizations we are most likely, as lawyers, to work for.
I'll update this review when I'm finished with the book and have found my way career-wise. So far, I am enjoying the insights this book is offering not because it is telling me what to do, but because it's helping me refocus and direct my re-evaluation so that I can better listen to the person who knows what I value and what I want more than any other person...myself.
Chapters 1-3 (pp. 1-12) are a short introduction to the concept of career identity, who the book is for, and the nature of transition.
Chapters 4 - 10 (pp. 13-88) are a power-packed section of self-understanding that will help you lay a foundation for good decisions about your career, but perhaps even about your life. I'll come back to this
Chapters 11-13 (pp. 89 -162)look at specific possibilities and challenges: solo, around the law, packaging yourself, responding to objections, whether to leave the law altogether and, if so, how to disengage, and working with your support network.
The appendices include one on 800+ Ways to Use Your Law Degree (do NOT go there first!), certificate and credentialing programs, how to use counseling, etc.
OK, let's go back. Chapters 4-10 are special, even if you just want to get more out your life while still pursuing the current path of your career. Chapters 4 makes the case for self-understanding and Chapter 5 introduces the overall model. Larry pulls on his background as a psychologist and decades working with individual lawyers and law firms to lay out a step-by-step approach (with stories!) to the kind of deep understanding of yourself and what's important to you that will let you make good decisions over and over again. This work is valuable not just for transitioning careers, but for all kinds of choices about how to spend your time: building relationships, community service, hobbies, vacationing, etc. Chapters 6-10 really make this book shine:
Reality: Chapter 6, 18 pages on what Larry calls "values" (and that's a fair word from the literature) is about what I think of as "reality" - how the world is, really, when you take away all the fluff and get right down to it. Of course, what we think of as "reality" isn't the real reality - whatever that is - it is our deep beliefs about the world, and, as you might imagine, if your career doesn't jive with your deep beliefs, you are NOT going to be satisfied. Larry pulls on the work of psychologist Clare Graves and helps you work through (and it does take work - over several weeks) to understand your deep beliefs about threats, hostility, purpose, competition, community, and complexity. Since law involves solving disputes that are often tough to solve because of values conflicts, getting clear on one's own values can be tough for many lawyers. What I love most about Larry's approach is that he doesn't give you just one way to gather information and begin to understand your deep approaches to life, he gives you seven, starting at a very conceptual level and working through to understanding based on the specifics of how you live. Good stuff! Like I said, once you've gained this understanding of who you are and how you approach life, you'll find yourself using it to make way more decisions that just those around your career.
Gotta-haves: Chapter 7 helps you discover those things you simply must have in any situation, i.e., your psychological needs around relationships, control, and your openess to the world. The great part of this is Larry helps you avoid some real pitfalls, illustrating this with stories of lawyers who did, and did not, account for their gotta-haves in career changes. If the new path fits your values, but shortchanges a gotta-have that was being taken care of in the old job - oops! The change might not be for the better. Again, this is valuable info for more than just career changers. What if your current job is great in lots of ways, but just falls a bit short in meeting one of your gotta-haves? Could a slight tweak give you what you need? Might be good to know before making radical changes.
Meyers-Briggs: Chapter 8 deals with Meyers-Briggs Types, or what Larry calls "communications styles." I've never been a huge Meyers-Briggs person, even though the assessments I've taken with it have reflecte me. However, I am already using more of what I've know about my MBTI preferences just from reading this chapter. It's a super clear, short description of the dimensions that really helped me latch on to how to use them to better understand how I approach performance in a number of situations. Moreover, Larry's information about how lawyers differ from "the norm" in our communications styles really helps. Your mileage may vary; it may be that I was just ready for this. Again, Larry provides boths stories and exercises to help you connect this content to your situation and direction.
Motivated Skills: Chapter 9 gets to "motivated skills" the things you are good at AND get a charge from doing. (You may be very good at some things that drain you - not a good basis for a career!) These are very close to what the Gallup organization means by "strengths" and, again, Larry provides multiple activities for identifying your "motivated skills" and stories to spark you thinking about how what you discover fits your current career and directions for the future.
Interests (and Passion): Chapter 10 focuses where many career books start: interests. But, since interests can be both highly varied and can change over a lifetime, these make a poor foundation for a career. But, building on the base of reality, gotta-haves, Meyers-Briggs, and motivated skills, they can provide the final directions toward career choices and the intergration of work with the rest of life. I also love how Larry dials down the "follow your passion" mantra!
With these five sources of self-awareness firmly in place, the rest of the book moves you forward in decision-making and action-planning for career change.
Wow! I suspect this would be a great book for many non-lawyers, but for lawyers, what a great resource! It will help you do the work to understand yourself and find a career path that will contribute to a deep feeling of satisfaction. Good luck!