John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
Everyone wants to move up. But sometimes “up” is in short supply and you have to find your path. How do you do that?
One day you look around, and the growth you thought might be available at your practice isn’t there anymore. It can happen to anyone. And it can happen for different reasons.
- You could be two rungs below one or more rainmakers who have considerable runway left in their careers. The person(s) on the rung of the ladder above you is next in line when it comes to moving up.
- You could be part of a practice with a strong brand in a litigation specialty (e.g., divorce) where the call from the attorney always goes to the person at the top, while if you’re only one rung beneath.
- You could be so competent that the practice leader sees you as so valuable in a production role that growth can be blocked, often unknowingly, but sometimes purposely.
Your default response should be to look for a new path, one that adds value in a way that you don’t (or maybe can’t) do now. Most likely, it’s a new service line that somehow builds on what the practice already delivers.
This process won’t be an easy one. It requires thought, a basic plan, and advocacy on your behalf. It’s the smartest way to find more “up.” Besides, imagine the story that you can tell a potential employer if you do follow through and still end up blocked.
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