Today’s post from rainmaking coach and expert, Jaimie Field, has us asking ourselves how we should define our “adaptation” to the current pandemic. Read on to decide the kind of lawyer you want to be.

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Adapt.

A word that is fraught with so much meaning these days.

One of the definitions of adapt is:

“Become adjusted to new conditions.”

And boy, have we ever been adapting to new conditions.  It’s been almost a month since most of the United States went into self-quarantine.  Since that time, we have had to adapt almost every aspect of our lives.

We’ve are acclimating to our new lives:

  • Working from home
  • Home Schooling Children
  • Buying Necessities
  • Social distancing
  • Virtual meetings

We’ve all been thrown into a situation that we have never before known. And most of you are just trying to get through this anomalous period in history until some “normalcy” is restored.

Much like going to the airport changed after 9/11, I think this is going to change the way the world works permanently. Now, I do not have a crystal ball and I don’t know what that change is going to look like – most likely the health care system will be forever altered – but we have adapted to the security in airports and we will adapt to what happens after the pandemic.

But what if instead of just becoming adjusted to the new conditions, we use a different definition of adapt:

“Make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify”

The difference is between being passive (just accepting the situation) and being active (modifying the situation).

The second type of adaptation allows you to change, to grow and to improve.

I believe that there are opportunities for lawyers in this crisis – and not in a mercenary or greedy way.

Now is the time to determine what you want your legal career to look like after this is “over”.

Now is the time to create your business development plan.

Now is the time to position yourself as a thought-leader so that when the “next normal” begins you are the attorney they seek when a problem arises that you can handle.

Now is the time to solidify relationships with your current and former clients and to start building relationships with prospective clients and referral sources using the tools we have available today – the internet, social media, virtual meetings, etc.

And now is the time to decide if you will accept your situation or if you will modify your situation.

It’s your choice on how you are going to adapt.

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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the…

Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. She is a dynamic, influential international executive and marketing thought leader with a passion for relationship development and authoring impactful content. Griffiths is a driven, strategic leader who implements creative initiatives to achieve the goals of a global professional services network. She manages all major aspects of the Network, including recruitment, member retention, and providing exceptional client service to an international membership base.

In her role as Executive Director, Griffiths manages a mix of international programs, engages a diverse global community, and develops an international membership base. She leads the development and successful implementation of major organizational initiatives, manages interpersonal relationships, and possesses executive presence with audiences of internal and external stakeholders. Griffiths excels at project management, organization, and planning, writes and speaks with influence and authority, and works independently while demonstrating flexibility in thinking, especially in challenging situations. She also adapts to diverse and dynamic environments with constant assessment and recalibration.

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019

In 2021, the ILN was honored as Global Law Firm Network of the Year by The Lawyer European Awards, and in 2016 and 2017, they were shortlisted as Global Law Firm Network of the Year. Since 2011, the Network has been listed as a Chambers & Partners Leading Law Firm Network, recently increasing this ranking to be included in the top two percent of law firm networks globally, as well as adding two regional rankings. She was awarded “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Legal Marketing Association’s New York chapter in 2014 for her substantive contributions to the industry and was included in Clio’s list of “34 People in Legal You Should Follow on Twitter.” She was also chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s inaugural Web 100‘s Best Law Blogs, where judge Ivy Grey said “This blog is outstanding, thoughtful, and useful.” Ms. Griffiths was recently chosen as a Top Author by JD Supra in their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, for the level of engagement and visibility she attained with readers on the topic of marketing & business development. She has been the author of Zen & the Art of Legal Networking since February of 2009.