I recently met an RN who wanted to subcontract with me as a legal nurse consultant. Like I do with all subs, I put her to the test and gave her a very specific assignment due in one week. I’m assessing whether this legal nurse consultant has what it takes to follow through and to follow the simplest of requests. Will she be there when needed, whether it’s a weekday or a weekend? Does this person come through under pressure or not (not that I define a week as a high pressure deadline)? Are they more yack than sack?
Here it is, two weeks later and I’ve yet to see the requested assignment. Instead, I got an extensive email covering everything from how and why life got in her way, the dog ate her computer and her son fell ill with diphtheria from the school cafeteria food (not really, but you get the gist). Needless to say, she has missed an incredible window of opportunity.
What about you? The attorney requests something – your resume, a sample work product – do you submit timely? When you’re exhibiting, do you go home and follow up immediately or are you still looking at those business cards a month later and asking yourself why you watched all those episodes of Modern Family instead of following up? Are you missing out on, or just gazing out of, the window of opportunity?
I won’t deny life happens. It happens to all of us. The most successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultants still get things done, even while life is happening all around them. They know the importance of leaping through the window of opportunity while it’s open.
I’m Just Sayin’
P.S. Comment here and tell me what you do when windows of opportunity open – leap through or look out?