Stephen P. Gallagher has a master of science degree in organizational development and is a lawyer transition coach at his consulting firm, LeadershipCoach.us. Previously, he was director of law office economics and management–one of the first bar association PMA positions–at the New York State Bar Association. He also maintains a Facebook page on the topic of lawyers in transition. Gallagher wishes to thank solo lawyer and friend Leonard E. Sienko Jr. for reading a draft of this article and sharing his own insights.
Editor’s Note: I was honored to be asked to read and comment on Steve Gallagher’s latest article on change and transition for lawyers as published in “ABA Bar Leader”.
With so many long-time executive directors retiring, I thought this might be a good time to talk about life’s transitions–letting go of the way things used to be and then taking hold of the way they subsequently become.
The emotions involved in winding down one’s life work and transferring responsibilities to a new generation can be an intense mixture of pride, anxiety, and even loss. In my experience, people are increasingly embracing the idea of living longer, living better, and maintaining a balanced, vital lifestyle. People of all ages are seeking much greater meaning in everything we do.