Ep #3: Read the Manual: How to Deal with a Difficult Partner

At one time or another in our legal careers, we’ve all had difficult bosses, whether it’s a partner on the case, supervising attorney at an NGO, VP of a department, the General Council, or even a senior colleague. Dealing with those folks can be a big drain on the quality of life for many lawyers, which can create a high level of stress and anxiety.

On this episode of The Lawyer Stress Solution, we explore the main reasons why dealing with difficult bosses is a common complaint for lawyers. I’m also excited to teach you one of my favorite tools, called “The Manual.” It is an incredibly powerful tool that will help you change how you feel about any supervisory relationship in your life.

Don’t miss this opportunity to arm yourself with the knowledge that will set you on the path of finding the root cause of your stress related to any interpersonal conflict, why it’s bothering you and what you can do about it!


What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • Why dealing with difficult bosses is a common complaint for lawyers.
  • What it means to have a Manual for how people should act.
  • Why we want people to follow our Manual.
  • The reason why “showing” your Manual to others will (generally) not solve your issues with that person.
  • 3 questions that will help you change how you feel about any interpersonal conflict.

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About the author

Kara Loewentheilis a former litigator, academic, and think tank director who now runs a boutique life coaching practice for lawyers. As a certified cognitive life coach, her coaching work focuses on teaching lawyers how to reduce stress, improve time management, balance their workload and personal lives, and create a sustainable and enjoyable legal practice. Before launching her coaching practice Ms. Loewentheil ran the Public Rights / Private Conscience Project at Columbia Law School, held academic fellowships at Yale and Columbia, and litigated in state and federal court. Ms. Loewentheil clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale University.

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