It is virtually impossible not to see some of the humongous bonuses lawfirms are giving associates this year. If you got one, I am very happy for you!
If you didn’t, you may be asking your self why not. If the firm did not give great bonuses, then blame it one the firm, and perhaps it is time to look for a new one. (I know just the guy to help!) If not the firm, the question that may need to be asked, is it you?
I hate these kinds of questions, but inevitably I do come around and ask them. When I delve deep, I understand that it may be me, or more specifically how I am responding to those around me. Part of career success is being able to circumnavigate many different waters, and while I do not believe that all people can be placed in one of four personality type boxes, I have found certain personality types which I am able to get along with better than others.
At a lawfirm, where relationships with partners often dictate day-to-day happiness, and consideration during bonus time, I worked with a variety of partners, and learnt with varying degrees of success how to be most effective when working with them.
If you are fortunate enough to have some downtime during the holiday, maybe it would be worthwhile to give yourself an hour or two to think about the people with whom and for whom you work, what personality characteristics you have observed, and how you can best prepare for your next interaction with them.