It’s that time of year. Welcome to partner retreat season! In addition to furthering relationships with your fellow partners and hopefully getting some warm weather exposure, annual or semi-annual retreats can add a high-impact jolt to your current business development goals.
So now that you’ve got strategies for healthy eating and moderate yet enjoyable drinking, what can you do to quiet your mind, energize your body and find meaning in the hundreds of interactions you will have experienced over the course of the event?
Here are some suggestions:
So you’re going to a conference.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been wondering how to find the energy you need to keep up your wellness regime and stay healthy during this upcoming flurry of activity. Importantly, just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you have to let all your good habits fall by the wayside.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, law firm leaders are struggling to figure out what a Trump administration will mean for business and for the profession. All seem to agree that, combined with Brexit, the effect is likely to be unpredictable. In a season already jam-packed with its own array of stressors, including the holidays, year-end performance assessments and bonus anxieties, this additional layer of uncertainty can deliver a crushing blow to your mental well-being.
It’s almost 10:00 pm and the associate is at her desk, sipping a freshly poured coffee. She has half an inbox of emails that still require responses, a “do you have the document I asked for?” voicemail from the partner running her biggest case, two filing deadlines for two of her other cases coming up in the next 48 hours, and a close friend’s birthday party this weekend she’s certain to miss because of her workload.
Partner Diane Costigan quoted in Law360.
Ok, so now you know you have BD Baggage. But how do you know what kind? Here are some questions to help bring to the surface some possible source(s) of resistance:
- When you think about writing a business plan or setting goals, how do you feel?
- What thoughts come up when you go to set up a meeting or call with a contact?
- What runs through your mind when you think about going to a networking event, speaking at a conference or writing an article? How do you feel about going on pitches?
Confronting BD Baggage typically needs to happen on two fronts. First, whether your baggage is directly related to business development (like a lack of confidence in your marketing skills) or something unrelated (like compromised time management skills), there are concrete steps you will need to take to correct the problem.