July 30, 2007

Negotiated departure

One of my partners is withdrawing from the firm. This happens pretty regularly at big firms but it doesn't happen everyday at smaller firms, much less at small firms like ours. In one way or another, this partner has been associated professionally with the firm for at least 25 years. The other partners are hashing out the terms of his amicable departure in the conference room across the hall from my office. I am not attending this conference, I am happy to report. Just because I never liked the guy doesn't mean I am sorry that he is leaving -- I am, kind of.

I imagine things are going to be unsettled around here for a bit.

This is, or was, a rather intimate relationship in a small firm. When someone leaves, it changes the dynamics substantially. In a big firm, you're really just another number. In a small firm, you are a person.

We are now one person less.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 30, 2007 12:50 PM | TrackBack

A change in dynamics, like a change in the weather, can be refreshing. Too much rain, makes us long for sunshine, but too much sunshine makes us long for rain. So, you're right, it really isn't based on what is or isn't favorable.

Posted by: Roberta S at August 1, 2007 02:56 PM
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