By the time they become senior partners, many lawyers feel that the battles they've survived have earned them real judgment. At this stage in their careers, they want someone to need, consume and respect that judgment. They want to be Indispensable. Here's what that means:
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Value refers to the relationship between the client's perceptions of worth, utility, or importance of the impact attributable to you, and the amount they paid you to obtain that. It applies equally to prospects and contacts. Value goes beyond dollars, to include their time and attention, calendar space allocated, etc. Here's the key to measuring value .
The second rung of the Impact Ladder is usefulness. It means making a difference. It increases your significance to business people, and sets you apart from mere lawyer-technicians. Usefulness doesn't have to involve giving legal advice or performing a legal service. You're also being useful when you...