I hope this finds you, your families and colleagues healthy and coping well while you shelter in place.
Many firms have asked me how to ensure that their mentoring programs and informal mentoring initiatives continue effectively while people are working remotely and facing so much uncertainty. If you have questions or could use some help with your mentoring efforts, feel free to contact me. Also, my recent article, Mentoring During a Pandemic, offers some simple advice for maintaining mentoring relationships.
The other area I have been concentrating on involves retirement planning. Now that you have been working from home for two months, are you reconsidering how much longer you expect to continue your practice? In a recent essay, Altman Weil consultant Jim Wilber described his thought process and imagined that other senior practitioners were also “recalculating their retirement horizon.” And it’s not just senior practitioners who are reassessing their priorities and career choices as a result of the pandemic. According to a study discussed in Fortune Magazine last month, 14% of women and 11% of men are considering quitting their jobs due to increasing work-family conflict.
If you are wondering what your future might look like, and how much longer you want to keep practicing, take a look at my recent article, “Is this the time to plan your retirement?” It presents a few basic questions to help you find some clarity about the things that are most important to you and how you will fit them into your future. Then, if you want to go deeper into an exploration of retirement, whether you expect to retire soon or several years from now, get a copy of my book, Retirement by Design, and dive in! It will help you move from self-examination to identifying possibilities to creating the retirement that’s best for you.
If you are thinking about when and if to retire and need some guidance, or if you would like help designing the retirement you want, get in touch with me.
Contact me also if you are a firm leader who would like to make it easier for your senior partners to retire. I’m glad to offer you advice and support.
In addition to my book, Retirement by Design, here are some other retirement-related resources you can find on my website and through the designated links.
Article: “Is this the time to plan your retirement?” recently appeared in Attorney at Work.
- On May 27, Lisa Cypers Kamen will interview me for her podcast, Harvesting Happiness. You can listen to that podcast live at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time at https://www.toginet.com/shows/harvestinghappiness. If you can’t make the live event, you’ll be able to listen to the podcast on various platforms. I’ll include the links to those platforms in my next newsletter.
- Lisa Horowitz interviewed me on May 5, 2020, for The National Association of Women Lawyers Book Club. That interview was recorded and you can watch and listen to it by registering here.
On a separate note…
If you are feeling anxious about the future of the world, here’s a way to participate right now in a global initiative to acknowledge our interdependence and address the common existential threats we face. OneShared.World is “a broad and inclusive movement of stakeholders working collaboratively across diverse cultures, communities, ethnicities, organizations, entities, interests, generations, and nations to ensure a better future for humankind and the sustainability of our collective home.” Read more here about the initiative and the Declaration of Interdependence, and learn how you can get involved.