Jealous of a Fellow Associate...

by admin 13. December 2013 09:59

Dear Jane,

The most important partner in my group prefers to work with one of the women associates in the group. Consequently, she is getting the best work and the most visibility with the group’s power player. We’re all jealous and it’s impacting our ability to be friendly towards her as peers.

Sincerely,

Why Couldn’t It Have Been Me?

 

Dear Why Couldn’t It Have Been Me,

Grow Up! It sounds like grade school behavior is rampant. Instead of competing with her and disrupting the dynamic of your peer group, use her as a resource to position yourself to become a go-to person yourself. Why would any partner want you in charge of project or people management when you are an openly negative influence on group morale? 

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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