Junior Associates Don't Understand Our Firm's Chain of Command! Grrr...

by admin 14. January 2015 14:18

Dear Jane,

I’m a mid-level associate supervising a few more junior associates on a big matter. One of them just told me she doesn’t understand why her drafts need to go through me on their way to the partner. 

Sincerely,

Why Would One Woman Do This To Another Woman?


Dear Why Would One Woman Do This To Another Woman,

Let’s give the more junior associate the benefit of the doubt and assume her intentions are benign. My suggestion is to have a conversation with her about the value you add to both her and the partner by making sure the drafts are in good shape before they go anywhere further.

 

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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