When my children began growing up, it devastated me. I loved
sitting them in my lap and reading stories to them. I loved watching
their eyes grow to the size of saucers on Christmas morning. And I
hated losing that sense of wonder, knowing that my kisses could no
longer heal all the blows that the world might give them. Watching
them move to the next stage was like mourning the death of the
child they were. I missed the relationship that was.
Any parent will tell you that juggling a full-time job and being there for your kids in all the ways you want to can be hard. You have to make sacrifices, but you do it for those you love and what you love to do. For a long time, I made the decision to keep the Bolton Law Firm small so I could dedicate large amounts of time to my kids.
Now that all of my children have left the nest except one, it’s time to shift my focus to my firm, which means growing both our team and our office space.
About six months ago, I made the decision
to start growing the firm. As exciting as the
prospect was, it wasn’t something I wanted
to do quickly — I knew it needed to be a
carefully thought-out, deliberate process.
Those kinds of things take time, but I’m
happy to say now, after hiring a fantastic
team and expanding into a great new office
space, that time was well spent.
I have both hired and fired each of my kids at one time or another. Now, before you think about all the possible implications of that statement, let me explain. You get the best work from team members when you hold them to high performance standards. Any business owner will tell you their employees are both the business’ greatest strength and greatest weakness.
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