We’ll be the first to admit that, in a vast inter-connected multi-media world, simple goals for your practice get lost in all that vastness. Worse, your practice goals may also get muddled, set aside, or even co-opted as you try to figure out how to pursue them. We’ve certainly been there, adrift without an anchor and not able to act on things that, in retrospect, are simple and basic. Which brings us to today’s basic question that perplexes a surprising number of experienced lawyers: what if your butt itches?
A common reaction is to cover up the itch, especially if you are in public or are embarrassed by the thought of satisfying it in front of people, even your loved ones. Another reaction may be strict stoicism as you work through the itch in your mind and, if successful, it simply goes away. Yet another approach may be distraction, in which you call attention to something across the room and, once those around you are distracted, you take care of the itch.
Our advice? You should scratch your butt. Addressing the itch head-on is the best way to resolve it. Honestly, it should not matter how public your scratching is or if someone notices you addressing the problem directly. It’s more likely that a person who notices you scratching your butt, directly and without hesitation, has been there before with an identical issue. But a person who witnesses you scratching your butt without compunction or hesitation demonstrates your ultimate confidence.
But don’t confuse things. The lesson here is not “you scratch my butt, I’ll scratch yours.” This is much more personal and basic to you and your needs. Indeed, if done right, your direct approach to butt scratching will reflect well on your character, restore your confidence, and provide needed direction. If your butt itches, scratch it. It’s really that simple.
[box type=”tick”]Building Staff or Office Morale and Motivation. Once you resolve your approach to butt-scratching, think about how to incorporate your experience in the office. One way to do so is to use the phrase “If your butt itches” at strategic times. Use it when a solution seems obvious but people are hesitating to use it or even say it. A quick and strategic use of “if your butt itches” will loosen whatever stress is in the room and break the decision-making ice. Ultimately, the phrase may become an office mantra that your colleagues use to resolve difficult problems with elegant and simple solutions. Good luck, and let us know how you end up adopting this useful phrase! — Chank[/box]