Without a doubt the two most important types of people at our firm are our clients and our staff. I wholeheartedly believe that we are nothing without our people: they have worked together and seen us through two financial crises, numerous changes in government, and, more recently, changes to legal aid funding which have completely reshaped the legal sector. Without our people we would not be where we are today.
In the whirlwind of everyday life we often forget to take a minute to thank those around us. Being thankful in life can not only open up doors but lead to exciting collaborations and life-changing opportunities. This month we said a sad goodbye to two longstanding members of our team, clocking over 50 years of service between them. I think we can say that over the years we have learnt the importance of thank yous and managed to nurture the sort of loyalty and trust you absolutely cannot buy.
Over the years I have come to realise just how important it is to do what you love and love what you do. This what we are all about here. We value and trust our staff. Although, I still need to keep reminding myself to delegate, delegate and delegate more. There are so many people in the firm who are far better at doing certain things than I am. I need to let them get on with it.
Better delegation should free up enough time to enjoy life both inside and outside of the office. I appreciate the importance of working hard and I cannot put my passion for this firm into words, but I also encourage everyone to stand still for a moment and take in the satisfaction of a job well done. The stories from our Christmas party would certainly attest to the fact that I am not one to shy away from enjoying myself!
So, if I am to take anything from 2015 into the New Year, it is to get everyone to share those ‘thank yous’ just a little bit more often. Oh, and perhaps embark on a health kick after the usual festive indulgence!
In the meantime, however, a very Merry Christmas to everyone who has contributed to our success over the past twelve months. Here’s to even greater things in 2016.