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.