Life’s Most Difficult Situations Can Also Be the Most Transformative, As I Expect Many Of Us Have Come to Learn
The type of changes to our way of working brought about by the economic downturn of 2007 was, I think, quite interesting in how it caused the entrepreneurs among us to get creative in our thinking of how to make the best of a bad situation.
In a lot of cases, the doom and gloom of late will also bring about quite enterprising and more fulfilling ways to work. Life’s most difficult situations can also be the most transformative, as I expect many of us have come to learn.
Let me take you back in time to 2007 and let me tell you Gerald and Barbara’s stories.
The world of law and how severely impacted it was by what had been going on in the economy. Bearing in mind the historically traditional approach to work in this profession, there have been a number of successful spin-offs where lawyers having found themselves out of work made the most of combining their considerable experience while also utilising technology to join forces with other equally talented lawyers across the various disciplines of law to offer a solution that provides the same professional service the client would expect from a leading law firm that’s extremely more affordable — Virtual Law.
Who’d have thought Cyber Space law would work in the law profession, which is steeped in tradition. But work it does for Gerald and Barbara: two lawyers who established their work in this way.
Gerald is a senior Commercial Lawyer who has joined forces with a newly formed virtual law company.
Barbara is a family lawyer who chose this way of working to facilitate being a mum and wanting to be at home bringing up her daughter with the ability of being able to attend those all so important school events, in the knowledge that a sudden transaction won’t take over her life.
Both lawyers provide quality work in the same way they would have done within the organisations they worked in.
Surely this has to be a win/win situation all around, the client is happy, and each lawyer has created a way of working that in the short term provides them with a great way of working that fits into their lifestyle in the way they want it.
They may choose to continue with this arrangement, and they may find that it completely works for them, or they may decide to return to a more corporate environment.
If so, it’s a great way of demonstrating their ability to develop business, which of course is a key factor on that road to partnership and beyond.
This story is from the economic downturn of 2007. We’ve come far since then in how we manage our WorkLives. However, economic downturns always bring about new challenges. This new one we’re facing following the pandemic will be no different. Nor will we be different in getting creative in our thinking of how to make the best of a bad situation.
I first shared this story some years ago on my original, now-defunct blog: Evolving Careers. I’m sharing it again because I believe it’s as relevant today, and it was all those years ago.
The stories I write are based on real WorkLife challenges, obstacles and successes. In some stories, I share my own experiences, and with permission, stories of people I’ve worked with, whose names have been changed to protect their anonymity. Other persons and companies portrayed in the stories are not based on real people or entities.