Not all of us perceive time in the same way. This is especially true when it comes to deadlines. This can be a problem when trying to get a group of people to complete a task. Take for example, Judy–a sixth-year associate working on whatever she is assigned by the partner, Mr. Spacely. Last week, Mr. Spacely asked her to draft an opposition for his review that is due this Friday. Wanting to ensure that there were no delays on her part, Judy finished up the draft and sent it to Mr. Spacely last Friday afternoon giving him an entire week’s cushion to revise it. This morning, Judy and Mr. Spacely’s legal assistant Rosie sent them a reminder that, as is tradition, the firm will close the office by 2 pm on Friday to give the staff a head start on the holiday weekend. Judy knows from experience that there is 0% chance they are going to file the opposition tomorrow. That means Friday will likely be a last minute scramble when Mr. Spacely finally looks at the draft and decides he wants Judy to spend hours looking for that one case that he can’t quite remember the name or jurisdiction of, but which is exactly on point. What advice do you have for Judy in this situation? Is there really anything she can do to alleviate the unnecessary stress caused by Mr. Spacely? How have you dealt with partners that sit on letters, reports, briefing, etc. for weeks at a time and then yell about how everyone always waits until the last minute?
Job Tips: The Procrastinating Partner
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