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Managing your boss

Advice also portends changes ahead for this column

When inside counsel call our firm to ask about new opportunities, we often hear some version of “I don’t like my boss” as the key motivator for seeking a move. The more vocal this complaint gets, the more likely it becomes that we will see multiple employer changes over a short period of time when we see the individual’s resume. It is also very unlikely that we will ever present that resumé to a client.

I borrow this month’s column title from a Harvard Business Review article written more than 30 years ago, but as timely as ever. Google the title and authors Gabarro and Kotter for a very worthwhile read. I thank a client for handing it to me as part of his guidance on culture fit for his law department. The summary: Successful people treat their boss as a client and adapt to serve the boss’ work style.


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Mike Evers

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