Would You Like to Work for You?

Kathy Fortin

December 15, 2019

 

Would You Like to Work for You?

 

You know you have accomplished something in your lifetime when your obituary appears in the Wall Street Journal, a business newspaper with a history spanning more than a century, and a worldwide circulation of nearly three million people. Recently, I read an obituary of the ninety year old businessman Charles W. Brady, a Navy Reserve officer, educated in management at Harvard, and founder of the investment management company, “Investco.”  His lengthy obituary describes his business acumen, education, esteemed notoriety, and success in business, all very worthy of recognition. But, what stood out to me most of all are those aspects that speak about him on a personal, human level. I felt I would have liked this man based on this description: He was “an elegant person, dignified and thoughtful, and above all a true Southern gentleman.”   

My Brady is said to have believed that a business’ most valuable asset is the people. It strikes me that his concern for people had most helped him in achieving success and greatness in his professional life. The obituary reads:

His innate ability to size up employees, give them jobs they love and then grant them the independence needed to excel earned him devotion among Investco’s employees. A partner remarked, “Charlie Brady was the kind of manager employees love to work for. He gave workers autonomy. He managed with a humane touch. And he rewarded success.” (Wall Street Journal 12/14-15, 2019)

 

In many of my Blog Posts over the past couple of years, I have highlighted the importance of effectively managing people for the success of law firms. I believe that if law firm owners were to focus on their role in leading their employees they would realize all their desired goals. The description above sums up how I think about it. Being a good manager of people can lead to success is one aspect and to have the reputation that people enjoyed working for you is its own high honor.