How Do I Manage Conflicting Partner Instructions? Please Help!

by admin 29. October 2013 07:42

Dear Jane,

I’m working on a big matter and frequently get inconsistent and sometimes conflicting instructions from two partners on the same matter. 

Sincerely,

Whose Instructions Should I Follow?


Dear Whose Instructions Should I Follow?,

It sounds like you are facing a classic case of ineffective communication. Try putting together an email to the two partners where you outline the assignment, identify the inconsistencies and/or conflicts, and then suggest a resolution. This approach allows all three of you to get on the same page vis-a-vis the assignment.

Sincerely, 

Jane

 

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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