Working with lawyers more than 30 years has taught me that they are as different as snowflakes or fingerprints. Any attempt to broadly categorize them as this or that is neither helpful in gaining a better understanding, nor fair. After all, I wouldn't want someone to look at me and lump me in with a group of similar-looking, similar-talking professional women, no matter how accomplished they are. I want to be considered uniquely - I think we all do.
But what struck me most about Jim Dolan's recent article in the Texas Lawyer
is how consistent it is with my own experiences and observations over my career. I love working with high intensity, brilliant people with exacting standards and unequivocal values. I love working with lawyers, CPAs and other professionals who are at the top of their game - or are on a well-defined path to get there. But they all have a price to pay - and Jim Dolan describes it simply and clearly in a way that I'd not quite considered.