Thursday, June 9, 2016

Job Tips: Am I Forgetting Something?

Memory loss. It's something everyone will experience at some time and is sure to cause problems for you in one way or another. One of our readers wants your input on how to deal with a partner who seems to be experiencing some age-related memory loss (she seems pretty sure it's not directly drug/alcohol related). If you were an associate working for a partner who seems to be forgetting things how would you suggest dealing with that situation? Assume this partner is the boss and there is no HR person or senior partner you can turn to, then what would you do?

Are any of you dealing with situation? Are any of you the forgetful boss? How do you compensate for your aging, overworked memory? Post-it notes, i-reminders, ticklers from a brilliant secretary, gingko biloba?

24 comments:

  1. Take full advantage. Make their money into your money.

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    1. pretty sure that falls under elderly exploitation..

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    2. You gotta skirt that line between capacity and incapacity.

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  2. Confirm everything in writing. Blame yourself: "It seems like I am missing something after our conversations, so just to make sure I have it right... (insert task, assignment, discussion, plan, etc.)" Then later when she turns into a monster, forward her back the email and be like "what now, biznacho?" (not in those words, but you get it).

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  3. Not much the associate can do. Sad, but true. The associate should be solidifying relationships with his or her clients and planning an exit strategy. At a very minimum, if the associate does want to try and help the aging partner, there should be a contingency plan. If the partner doesn't take it well, the continued employment of the associate will likely be untenable.

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  4. The photo-shopped image of Ford is cool. The only problem is that he looks large in proportion to the others in the photo.

    This has been an entertaining thread. Blog not dead.

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    1. You noticed that too? Compare the size of his hand to Danielle's face, when they're ostensibly at the same depth of field from the camera. Dude's huge in the picture. Not so much in real life.

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    2. You should see his cock.

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    3. 9:54, his personality is big, they wanted that to translate in the picture. They were worried it would be obscured by his amazing, little yellow bow tie.

      I like how the poor blonde is staged in the back, when the other women firm members are front and center. I wonder what kind of number that did on her self esteem. Also, that isn't booze in those glasses, it's kool aid. And, thanks to their amazingly interesting picture--we've all now been drinking it too.

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  5. Maybe they can call LCL and get someone outside the firm to reach out to the person in question.

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    1. I find this thread of great interest because I've seen friends deal with parents dementia and Alzheimer's. I'm not totally sure what the correct answer is.

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    2. Of note - http://www.j-alz.com/content/problems-finding-your-way-around-may-be-earliest-sign-alzheimer’s-disease-study-suggests

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  6. Hillary or Donald...who does everyone like and WHY?

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  7. One of my favorite sayings - if not liberal before 40 no heart - if not conservative after 40 no brain - business person over politician any day - Trump gets my vote

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    1. Yeah, my father is fond of that line too. This 45 year old woman is proud to support Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. I want to live in a world where people are treated equally under the law and where compassion and tolerance are celebrated.

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    2. Gary Johnson. Damned if I'm going to vote for the shiniest of two turds.

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    3. "Equality, compassion and tolerance." Those are fairly meaningless words. So, should "equality, compassion and tolerance" apply to the jewish baker who does not want to bake a nazi cake, or to the nazi who wants to force the baker to bake it? Who is going to force whom to bow to whose ideas? How about "equality, compassion and tolerance" for those who think that wanting to change your God-given sex is a sign of mental illness? OR should people hold this view be tarred and feathered and forced to go to potty and school and work with mentally ill people who are not being treated for their illness but celebrated for it? Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

      I like Trump because he really believes in making America great again, and he is a business man. Clinton just wants to force more political correct crap down my throat against my will. And tax me to death for the privilege. Oh, and kill and maim foreigners for profit, so every time I travel overseas I am more and more uncomfortable identifying as an American. (I wish I could "transition" from American to Mexican, but Mexico has draconian anti-immigration laws, the American government would continue to tax my income for 10 years after renouncing my citizenship.)

      Johnson could be good, but he totally failed the "equality, compassion and tolerance" test. The old libertarian party line was no one has a right to use force to cram personal preferences down another's throat. Don't wanna bake a cake? No problem! Wanna cut your dick off? Fine. Wanna force others to pay for your dick-ectomy or accept your deformed body after? No. To each his own. Free. Between forced integration and forced separation there is that happy, God-given, loving place where people are free to choose. Of the three candidates, it appears Trump is the closest to leaving me alone and free to choose.

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    4. Read Queen of Chaos. Hillary is evil.

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  8. Trump has no business being a president.

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  9. There is help out there, tests that can be done, and medications that will help considerably. They not only slow down the disease, but they help people focus. There is no easy way to create this conversation though.

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    1. Being someone that takes one of those drugs, I doesn't really do anything as to the rate of decline in the long term, but is a miracle drug for treating the symptoms. If you forget to take the drug, the symptoms instantly return but as long as you take it, it does help the ability to focus and function.

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    2. Here is a good question: what is best drug for ADHD attorney? I briefly took Ritalin but it make tense and angry. What is a good alternative, besides meth and blow?

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    3. Here is a starting point for your research so you can have a useful conversation with your doctors

      http://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/medication-list#Overview1

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