Rather Spend My Time on Things That Matter to Me

by admin 11. July 2013 18:28

Dear Jane,

The firm just announced that it is initiating a new comprehensive professional development program for associates. The last thing I want is more non-billable hours on top of my billable-hour expectation. I’m thinking about having a “client emergency” at the last minute and skipping the sessions. What do you think about that idea?

Rather Spend My Time on Things That Matter to Me


Dear Rather Spend My Time on Things That Matter to Me,

Billable work must take priority, but you are missing an opportunity to learn and develop in ways that your billable work may not yet afford you. It is an investment of time, but if the programs are relevant and worthwhile, it is also an investment in yourself. In addition to what you may learn, there are two other reasons for making the effort to attend: (1) MCLE credits, and (2) good citizenship credits—the firm does monitor who is not taking advantage of the professional development opportunities. 


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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