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Say Ciao to Chow Mein: Conquering Career Burnout is a parable-style account of a frustrated, nearly defeated first-year associate and the mentor who coaches him to partner-level success. It's a light, humorous read with an important, serious message that Cordell Parvin delivers in sought-after seminars and standing-room-only speeches: lawyers must take responsibility for their own careers and set goals that align with their values and purpose.
Ciao is the first in a planned series of books aimed at lawyers in different stages of career development and introduces readers to three central characters:
Say Ciao to Chow Mein answers the question at the core of the American Bar Association's Professional Development Consortium, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals and the Young Lawyers Division: How do we motivate, train and retain the new generation of lawyers? This book and others in the series will keep topical and draw on Cordell's experience as a successful lawyer, law firm leader, coach and mentor to provide detailed action steps that savvy ABA members in both large and small firms can use as tools to thrive during a time of dramatic change in the legal profession.
Say Ciao to Chow Mein is aimed at law school students and young lawyers striving to mesh their reasons for becoming lawyers with their reasons for remaining in the profession. The series, designed to grow with its audience, will help lawyers reconnect (and remain connected) with their passions while providing practical, how-to steps for achieving career satisfaction. The success stories in Ciao are reality-based; the characters are drawn from lawyers Cordell has met and coached. The tone and message of Ciao will ring true with young lawyers because the book is co-authored by a lawyer close in age and experience to Tony and Gina.
Although not aimed at senior lawyers and partners, the book would be valuable reading for anyone interested in the lessons Cordell has learned (and taught) during his thirty-six years of practice:
Say Ciao to Chow Mein is a fast-paced, laugh out-loud read that sends a powerful message without lecturing. It shows, rather than tells, young lawyers that they have far more control than they (and their firm's partners) realize and that the choice between misery and happiness is theirs to make. And its feel-good message is not mere mind pabulum. Ciao provides practical, solution-oriented information in a storybook package. And the series of books will both inspire and inform lawyers in various stages of their careers. Say Ciao to Chow Mein is designed to reverse three alarming statistics: 1) Law students graduate with levels of anxiety, hostility and depression three to four times greater than the general population; 2) Lawyers suffer from depression at a rate 3.6 times higher than non-lawyers, and 3) Only half of the lawyers who participated in a Rand survey said they'd become lawyers if given a second chance to decide.
Say Ciao to Chow Mein gives lawyers reason to remain lawyers and, more importantly, shows them the steps to rise to the top of their profession.
Say Ciao to Chow Mein illustrates Cordell’s wonderful talent and passion for helping lawyers take ownership of their careers to achieve continued growth and fulfillment.
Ben C. Adams, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowith