Thursday, July 7th, 2022

Are You There?

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

You are expecting your people to begin coming back to the office. You are okay with the fact that they want flexibility and prefer a hybrid type of arrangement.

Many firms have designated two days in the office and three days at home. Of course, there are other variations on this type of arrangement.

But, I often observe that these guidelines do not apply to firm partners. Inside some firms, it is a mystery when the partners will be in the office. They have become comfortable with working remotely, too. Yet, as partners, they don’t subject themselves to the parameters that have been set for the staff.

Just my opinion, but if you are a leader, if you are in charge of people and expect them to be in the office at certain times, you should be there, in person.

The same thing applies to firm events. The “firm” throws a party for the team, a summer picnic, an after-tax season celebration, or maybe, a holiday party. The “firm” is the partners. All partners are the hosts of the party! All partners need to show up.

  • "I just feel that the only power I have is setting a good example."
  • Geri Halliwell

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