Editor’s Note: This is the third in a four-part series of columns by career coach and consultant Michael Melcher. Send questions or suggestions for future articles by clicking here and putting “Careers Inbox” in the subject line. Or simply discuss the topic in the comments below.The legal field doesn’t constrain people’s potential. But it tends to constrain their way of thinking about potential. Lawyers sometimes don’t see the possibilities before them and they therefore don’t act in ways that take advantage of those possibilities. At the extreme, lawyers become the keeper of their own cells, walled off from new ideas and energies. The reason? It has a lot to do with issue-spotting.When we spot issues—when we “think like a lawyer”—we take things apart, compare possibilities against evidence, anticipate cracks in arguments and contemplate risks. Lawyers who work for the ExxonMobil do this, and so do lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union. The practice cuts across immigration law, tax law and any other kind of law. It’s a default method of legal analysis.A lawyer who correctly spots issues can get people out of jail, or put other people in. Good issue-spotting ensures that mergers work, that business is compliant, and… Read full this story
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