I received this correspondence from Hoshedar Wadia, a partner in one of India’s most sophisticated law firms, Juris Corp. This firm deals in matters that range up to the hundreds of millions of US dollars in sophisticated areas like Capital Markets, Structured Finance, Securitization and so on. In the spirit of disclosure, I have had the privilege of serving this firm. Do you believe the protocol contained in the following correspondence could serve your firm as well?
"We just shared something with our new recruits as part of their orientation and I thought I would drop you a line cause you have used examples like this very effectively in the past with us.
"There is a game ‘Angry Birds’ that I have on my mobile that is available for PC download as well.
"You have to shoot birds at structures (and at a pig) and make points to go to the next level. Each level is tougher and there seem to be an unlimited number of levels. At each level, you can try any number of times. But in the version available on my phone, after 2 attempts (and failures), it asks me if I want to connect to the internet and see how it is done (on you tube). If you view the link, the task suddenly becomes easier (not easy – but significantly easier).
"Like angry birds, in Juris Corp too:
"(i) Please try for yourself to get the results – try once try twice but if you don’t get it by then then seek help (ego and stubbornness have little place in a knowledge-based industry);
"(ii) The reason you must try yourself is because you may come up with a better way of doing something than the internet or ‘online help’ version will show you;
"(iii) The reason you must take help after a few tries is because you owe the Firm and the Client, if any, (a) a quick turnaround (so it is not acceptable that you try and try and try till you succeed); (b) best costs (which means you don’t re-invent) – but always subject to you trying first on your own (the reason you are in Juris Corp is because somebody believes you may find a better way);
"(iv) Look at the online version/precedents, even if you succeed – to see if it could have been done better?
(v) Learn and adapt – the higher levels will always require you to draw from what you have learnt at the lower levels."
Punchline: Too many partners throw their associates to the research and protocol winds with a sink or swim attitude. This policy deprives both associates and clients of what they deserve. I think Juris Corp has it right and I am grateful to my friend, Hoshedar Wadia (Juris Corp partner), for granting me permission to share this with you.