We live in interesting times. Over the last few years I’ve spoken with many folks involved in the legal sector – some speak of excitement and many speak of dread. Change is all around and most confess to being pulled along by the current versus surfing the wave. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. The point is, are you ready for change?

My best advice to lawyers – starting out and later in life – is don’t get left behind.

I’m often asked by parents whether their kids should study to become lawyers or what I think is going to happen to the industry. Bottom line, what should their kids do? I’m asked the same question by lawyers in their twenties, thirties and even in their fifties and sixties – as a new sense of vulnerability to change takes root.

I mention it because I think business networking for lawyers and legal services professionals has never – repeat, never – been more important. Aside the possibility of an introduction to a new opportunity or a new role, networking brings us valuable news and perspective in a marketplace that is shifting gears.

My best advice to lawyers – starting out and later in life – is don’t get left behind. Get in, get connected and be ready for change. Don’t ignore change or kid yourself the storm will pass. Embrace it. It’s a rigorous part of the next decade.

On High Performance Counsel we highlight the individuals, organizations, strategies & solutions driving the next decade of leadership & advancement in law & legal services. It’s a great place to share thoughts, learn from others – and help yourself navigate the future of law with confidence.