Associates often underestimate the time it takes to complete a project. The thinking is that they want to encourage the partner to provide more opportunities and they understand that generally the preference is for the assignment to be completed quickly (today) and efficiently (with as small amount of time billed as possible).
LegalJob recently came across a book ostensibly for business leaders seeking to become more effective presenters but the material can just as easily apply to lawyers seeking to become more effective at the business of practicing law.
This post is the second of a two-part series providing practical tips for becoming a rising star. Below are some suggestions for: (i) taking ownership, (ii) using a soft and measured approach and tone, and (iii) managing time effectively. These principles are discussed in further detail in Making Partner.