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Lawyer Wellbeing Benefits Both The "Haves And The "Have Nots"

Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as having said, "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight-- it's the size of the fight in the dog". As a big time dog guy, I get it-- and I agree!

The fight I'm most interested in is the fight for lawyer wellbeing and in order to win that fight, it's important to know who's with us, and who's against us. There are lots of "smiling faces" (tip of the hat to Bill Withers), who pay lip service to the issue of lawyer wellbeing and pledge to support it but figuring out who among them is really serious, isn't always easy.

Key among those who are not serious, are protectors of the status quo, and the ones that come readily to mind are the "haves" (as opposed to the "have nots") and third-party advisors who make their living by selling, servicing and maintaining certain products or services that benefit the interests of the "haves"-- to the exclusion of the "have nots".

Ironically, third-party advisors concerned about the implementation of lawyer wellbeing initiatives also promote ideas or practices that serve the best interests of the "haves". The important difference, however, is that even though lawyer wellbeing may serve the interests of the "haves", it also benefits the interests of the "have nots" by the extension of a unique beneficence shared among members of the entire firm-- both staff and professionals, alike.

Wellbeing is like that. Top to bottom, it benefits everyone. It's good for business, it's good for employee performance and morale-- and it's the right thing to do.

Who wouldn't fight for that?


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