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Home / Podcast  / 031: 10 Things I Learned as a CEO That I Wish I’d Known as a Lawyer with Valerie Peterson: Part 1

What does it take to transition from a solo practitioner to the CEO of a multi-million dollar organization? Join us as we welcome Valerie Peterson, the new CEO at Atticus. She shares her incredible journey from caring for her great aunt with dementia to becoming a leading elder law expert. Get ready to learn from Valerie’s experiences and discover how to build a successful practice and an even better life.

In our conversation, we uncover the importance of creating an efficient team for your practice to maximize growth and minimize stress. We discuss why lawyers often become the bottlenecks for growth, the value of hiring high-performing team members, and the necessity of empowering your team to complete tasks. Listen in as we delve into onboarding, training, and building trust within your team – and why allowing your team to make mistakes can lead to growth and success.

Valerie also shares her insights on the significance of transparency and accountability in virtual law practices. We explore the need to create an online office environment where everyone can see their colleagues’ work and set clear expectations and responsibilities for each team member. Don’t miss our discussion on the power of daily huddles, promoting a culture of accountability, and coaching each other toward the core objectives of your practice.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Lessons From a CEO for Lawyers
  • 10 Valuable Lessons for Lawyers
  • Team Growth in Law Practice
  • Accountability in Law Firms
  • Comfortable in Misery

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Supporting Resources:

Valerie Peterson: Chief Executive Officer of Atticus

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt & Jeff Cox

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

Steve Riley

Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

Steve Riley has coached attorneys for more than 20 years. His one-on-one coaching focuses on a limited number of top producing attorneys committed to taking their practices to new levels of excellence, profit, and personal success. He also presents at group coaching workshops around the country for individual law firms, state bar associations, and other legal organizations.

  • Fadhl Alsabri

    Is it possible for us, the Arab lawyers, to get a face-to-face training course sponsored by your office?

    June 12, 2023at10:49 am Reply
    • AtticusAdvantage

      Hi there, thank you for your question. We would love to assist in any way possible but would like to speak with you about the details. Please email Denise at who can assist you with any further questions.

      July 6, 2023at2:54 pm Reply
  • Fadhl Alsabri

    Aww, it’s great, he’s a good teacher, and his method is very effective

    June 12, 2023at10:29 am Reply
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