Greenfield takes another leadership/life/law expert to task in “Client Service, And All That Guff”. The title is a reference to our expert letting it slip that what the client wants/expects out of his attorney is in fact “meaningless client service guff”. I clicked through to the expert’s blog, “Dare To Excel”.

No wait, that’s not right, it’s called “Dare2XL”. (No, I’m not making that up.) The blog’s tagline is “Reflections on leadership, using your mind to release your creativity and unquestionable talent, and being more than you thought you could ever be.”

I was immediately hooked. Anyone who knows how great I am without even meeting me must have loads of other goodies just waiting for my ego. And the bigger my ego, the better my lawyering, right? What follows are a few musings from leadership expert and master coach Andrew Hughes.

One of the steps involved in becoming a great leader requires me to "adjust my lens of reality". For example, this silly idea that I have a “mortgage on being right”: not true. I spent more time than I care to admit trying to figure out this gem. Finally decided that since I never took out any kind of loan on accuracy, precision or infallibility, therefore… no mortgage. Disabusing myself of this previously unconceived notion is a step in the right direction.

I have to “tap into the passion and unique abilities of me”. What with my previously mentioned unquestionable talent, this is going to be an awfully deep wellspring.

Also, when I’m having trouble trusting myself, I should remember my own “internal and foolproof compass that provides lighthouse quality guidance”. (Maybe I actually am infallible?)  And apparently, sometimes I even “fear my own greatness”.

I feel like a better lawyer already.

  • Dear Jamie

    In the context of your comments, it’s interesting you took the time and effort to read as much of my blog as you did.

    So what is it about the notion that you are talented and have a unique contribution to make that causes you discomfort? It seems you don’t believe it, but why not?

    More importantly, if you did believe it, what difference would it make in the way you approached every area of your life? Maybe it would not make an iota of difference for you – only you know that.

    But let’s assume for a second you did find (or have found) that sweet spot for you. What would it be like going to work knowing that your contribution was unique? What if you were able and enabled to give your best and fulfil your values at work? What if you pushed your creative boundary everyday (ethically, of course)? In the context of being all you could be, what if you did what you feared most? Would that be a life worth aspiring to? I think so, but that’s just my opinion.

    Maybe this is already your experience. If so, congratulations – you are one of the privileged few and, as all the statistics suggest, not only will you be successful but you will achieve high levels of ‘happiness’ (I appreciate that word may seem wishy washy, but ultimately it’s what everyone is after).

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I’m always happy for a conversation and to have my thoughts challenged.


  • Nice to see your willingness to engage in debate. Wish you made your point faster Andrew.

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