It Takes a Team: You Can't Make Rain By Yourself [NOOK Book]

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Time to Build a Team...

It Takes a Team is about David Coleman, a hard charging partner in a large Houston firm. David has become a top rainmaker bringing in big clients, but associates hate to work for him. They call him the “career killer.” Many strong associates thought to have a future with his firm leave and join other firms. David feels little responsibility for attrition. David is a composite of partners the authors encountered during ...
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It Takes a Team: You Can't Make Rain By Yourself

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Overview

Time to Build a Team...

It Takes a Team is about David Coleman, a hard charging partner in a large Houston firm. David has become a top rainmaker bringing in big clients, but associates hate to work for him. They call him the “career killer.” Many strong associates thought to have a future with his firm leave and join other firms. David feels little responsibility for attrition. David is a composite of partners the authors encountered during their careers and have met in other firms. Your firm might have a lawyer that reminds you of David. You might be a lawyer like David and not even realize it. David has a fixed mindset. He is bright, hard working and has developed a big ego. He acts as if he has never made a mistake. He is sure that successful partners are born not made. His superior attitude is insufferable because he projects that everyone else is out of step. Behind their backs, he describes lawyers others think are very talented, as dumb or lazy. Senior management of his firm is becoming frustrated with David because, despite his ability to attract business, he is hurting the morale of associates. His stated attitude is that “if I make my numbers, I don’t have to worry about bringing younger lawyers along. I don’t have time for the ‘touchy-feely’ stuff.” David knows that something is wrong. He is not really happy with his life as a partner, but he doesn’t know what to do and the idea of seeking help is terrifying to him. He is afraid it will show weakness. Does David remind you of any lawyers in your firm? Does he remind you of any public figures? It Takes a Team is a parable about what would realistically cause David to change. More importantly, it is an illustration of why You Can’t Make Rain by Yourself.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013556393
  • Publisher: Life Career Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Series: Parable Series, #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • File size: 629 KB

Meet the Author

Cordell Parvin is among the nation’s most widely known and respected transportation construction lawyers. During thirty-seven years practicing law, Cordell built a national construction law practice. At Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas, Cordell was the construction law practice group leader and was responsible for attorney development.

His enthusiasm for helping lawyers achieve greater success prompted him to leave Jenkens & Gilchrist in January 2005 to open a coaching and consulting practice. Since then he has taught, mentored and coached lawyers on client development and career success throughout the United States and Canada and has created video programs for lawyers unable to work with him in person.

Cordell makes his home in Dallas with Nancy, his wife of forty-one years and greatest supporter. Nancy is an avid golfer who started playing when she was forty years old and now has a three handicap. She plays in tournaments in Texas and across the United States. While Cordell is proud of the work he has done for clients and, more recently, for lawyers, law firms, and law students, he is most proud of his daughter, Jill, who follows her passion and teaches special education to children with special needs in Justin, Texas.

Brice Voran joined Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City in 1968 and became a partner in 1975. He spent 18 years in New York, 10 years in Los Angeles and 10 years in Toronto, all with the same firm. At the end of 2005 he retired and became Of Counsel. The firm asked him to act as a consultant to the Professional Development & Training Department at Shearman & Sterling. In this role he participated in the development of several innovative training programs for his firm’s associates combining his experience from over 35 years of practice in a large law firm with the academic principles being presented by training consultants.

His daughter is in her second year of law school and seems to think her dad is getting smarter every day. When he is not in New York working on training projects for Shearman & Sterling, he and his wife live by a lake in Michigan. He is currently working hard to become the best amateur portrait photographer he can be. He also spends time thinking about how to motivate lawyers to change their behavior and writing essays from time to time.
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