How Can I Get More Stand Up Roles?

by admin 6. January 2014 10:05

Dear Jane,

During my last review, I was told that I need more “stand up” roles.  Ever since then I’ve been asking for “stand up” roles and I’ve yet to get any.


Is This A Message?


Dear Is This A Message,

How are you asking? Are you sending the same email once a week? If so, I’m not surprised that isn’t working. Instead, figure out (1) who is the most likely partner in the department to have stand up roles in a matter he/she is working on, and (2) among those partners, with whom do you have the best relationship? Make an appointment to talk with these partners and ask directly and in person for a chance to get a stand up role. Please remember that you are more likely to get a discussion of what you’ll need to do just to position yourself for such a role. 

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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