Dear Jane: Yikes! Partner Didn't Approve of Me Leaving Early

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:05

Dear Jane,

I recently told the partner that I worked with that I had to leave by 5 p.m. to get to an important family event.  The look on his face telegraphed his disapproval.


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Dear Why Can’t I Have a Life,

You can have multiple priorities and succeed.  Every organization has its own politics and culture so you need to use mentors and peers to understand the mores of that culture.  That said, without knowing the culture at your firm, I would say that your issue is TMI: too much information.  As long as you are able to turn in a high-quality work product in a timely fashion, the manner in which you “fit” in all of your priorities should be your prerogative.  When you gave the partner the information about how you were achieving the “fit,” information he did not need, you empowered him with a voice on the topic.  In the future, consider just leaving or leaving after you’ve let people know you’ve got another “meeting” to attend.

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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