Tip: One Way to Get the Best from Your Young Lawyers

Last week I was asked:

How can I help my young lawyers achieve greater success?

That was an awesome question on a topic that I focus on continuously. A lawyer I coach met another lawyer I coach from a different part of the country at a conference. When they found out I coach both of them, one paid me a nice compliment. She said:

Cordell always encourages me to do more than I would do on my own and he does it in a way that does not make me feel guilty.

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If you are a senior lawyer mentoring or supervising junior lawyers, I want you to do the four things
Heslin had the workshop participants do.
1. Think of three reasons why it would be important for you to have your associates develop their

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2. Think of an area where you developed your own skill set, and write down how you were able
to develop those skills.
3. Write a draft email to each of your associates with ideas on how they can further develop their
skills. Include examples in the draft of how they developed other skills while they’ve worked
for you.
4. Remember times you have seen someone learn to do something you never thought this
person could do, and reflect upon how this happened and what it means.
I like this quote from the interview:
In fact, more and more research is showing that people’s level of commitment, effort,
and continued training is what eventually separates the most successful people from
their equally talented, but less successful, peers. This is true in sports, science, and the
arts-and it is becoming clear that it is true in business, too.


Cordell M. Parvin built a national construction practice during his 35 years practicing law. At Jenkens & Gilchrist, Mr. Parvin was
the Construction Law Practice Group Leader and was also responsible for the firm’s attorney development practice. While there he
taught client development and created a coaching program for junior partners. In 2005, Mr. Parvin left the firm and started Cordell
Parvin LLC. He now works with lawyers and law firms on career development and planning and client development. He is the
co-author of Say Ciao to Chow Mein: Conquering Career Burnout and other books for lawyers. To learn more visit his Web site,
www.cordellparvin.com or contact him at cparvin@cordellparvin.com.

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