A New Year’s Top 10 – A Better “You” at Work

by Meredith Miller on January 16, 2013

10 things you can do to start the new year with your best foot forward at work.

1) Reflect on 2012 –Which projects were successful in 2012? Which needed improvement? Reflect on successes and shortcomings –  you can learn from both. Think about how you can do things differently this year and improve upon your 2012 efforts.

2) Set Personal Goals That Are Job Specific – Determine the most important things you want to achieve in 2013. Make sure to write them down so you can refer back to the list throughout the year, revising your goals and reevaluating as the year progresses.

3) Follow-up on Incomplete Projects – The new year is a great time to follow-up with attorneys or colleagues to finalize any 2012 projects with loose ends. Going forward, keep note of items that became effective January 1, 2013 and make sure to update them as the year progresses.

4) Be Proactive, Not Reactive – Don’t wait for something to happen in order to fix it – try to anticipate circumstances that will benefit from effective solutions. Also, reach out to contacts, old leads and acquaintances and stay connected throughout the year.

5) Seek Professional Development – There are several opportunities to take continuing education courses, whether through a university, organization, institute or even at your own firm.  Reach out to someone you know who has an advanced degree or has taken classes for professional development – he/she may be able to steer you in the right direction.

6) Become More Involved with Your Legal Marketing Association Chapter – See what opportunities are available in 2013 and join an appropriate committee or small interest group.  Working with and meeting new people in the legal marketing community can open doors to new opportunities and impact your job in the next year.  Also, if you don’t already have a mentor, find one. The NYLMA has resources to connect you with a mentor in the legal marketing community– contact Mentoring Committee Chair Linda Orton for further details.

7) Schedule Regular Meetings with Your Manager – Throughout the next year, plan regularly scheduled meetings with your supervisor.  Meeting regularly will give you the opportunity to develop a stronger relationship and will open up communication between your manager and yourself.

8) Become Better Organized – Start the new year off right and take time to clean up your email inbox. Be sure to file messages in a system you can navigate.  File emails that are finished and tag others that are incomplete.

9) Exude Confidence – Have confidence in your abilities and inspire your team with your positive contributions.

10) Become a More Valuable Team Member – If you accomplish the above tips in the beginning of the year, you’ll be poised to continue improving as the year progresses.  Your legal marketing department will be most productive in supporting the law firm’s objectives with each marketing department member maximizing his/her own individual efforts and their cooperative assistance.

Good luck in 2013!

By: Meredith Miller.  Meredith is an Assistant Manager for Business Development at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. You can reach her at mmiller@stblaw.com

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