Saturday, January 23, 2010


This seems like so long ago. If I had to be exact, 1,544 days ago—four years, two months, and twenty-two days. And yet, at the same time, it seems like only yesterday when I first walked in, not having much clue as to what to do, but eager to get started.

I was a partner at a general practice law firm. I had been practicing law for six years, when, after much prayer, I left to come on staff as Chief Administrative Officer of an 8,000 member megachurch.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with some incredibly special people. I have learned a lot about how to lead, when to be firm, and when to give. I have learned that I am ultimately not that important.  A leader needs followers and no matter where I go, I will rely on those I lead. And here, those that I lead have done a tremendous job of making me look good.

There comes a time, though, as a leader, when I have to recognize that I have taken this as far as I can. In order for my team to continue to grow, it must become someone else’s team.

So, here we are. By the time this is posted, I will have resigned from my position at the church. I will have worked out my notice period and done what I can to ensure that whoever replaces me has a smooth transition.

As with most farewells done right, this is a bittersweet moment. I am excited for a new, timely, opportunity that has come my way. On the other hand, I leave behind the first job I truly loved doing. I’ve enjoyed the people I worked with, and I’ve met some truly wonderful people. I can only hope I have treated them as well as they deserve.

But now, the time has come to return to the practice of law. On January 25, I will start the day sitting at my old desk, in my old office, where my old phone still has my name on it. Only this time, I'll start as the managing partner of the firm. 

Now, I’ll still be connected with the church, as I will remain on their governing board as well as the board of their credit union.  Of course, I’ll continue to practice my novice skills as a writer here on my blog (yeah, I know, I’ll make sure I keep the day job for my family's sake). So in a sense, I’m just changing hats. Perhaps my writing will showcase more courtroom and client stories.  I'm still playing with how much information to share.

But for now, I'm dealing with these mixed emotions.  I'm excited about the future, but I also know that I will tremendously miss those I worked with.

Well, it's time for change.  Here we go.


Bob S. said...

Congrats on the change!

I know that may sound a little odd but you seem to have recognized not only when you needed to make a change but to execute it well.

It is never easy to leave a great job, even going back to another good/great job.

Thoughts and prayers to you, and your family, as you start your job again.

Did it MY way said...

A man has to do what a man has to do.

I'm sure you have made the right choice. Change can be good.

God Bless.

See Ya

Lawyer said...

Thank you both. You are both right. It's a new chapter and a new adventure. Let's ride!