I’m pretty well known around the Big Law office for remaining calm under pressure. Just this past week, I was handed a project taken over from someone else where the lawyer involved seemed nervous and not confident that person could get the job done on time to meet the Fedex deadline. After the lawyer explained the task to me (and it was quite similar to other things I’d done for him in the past) and after I shooed him away from my desk, telling him only to come out of his office when and if he heard me scream, I was able to take care of the remaining task items (five Fedex packages with three Fedex slips each, for a total of 15 Fedex slips) within half an hour, well within the 8PM deadline. I took the slips and Fedex envelopes in to the legal assistant who was standing in the middle of the room, perplexed about how to assemble and stuff the packages. I took that over, and handed the stack of five packages to him to take to our waiting Fedex representative.
I learned a long time ago that TWO overwrought, nervous people is not a good thing where a deadline is involved. One of us has to remain calm. That’s generally me, so I go ahead and let the lawyers run up and down the hall tearing their hair out. Once I’ve gotten the project done, they calm down pretty quickly. (Then it’s my turn to do the Daffy Duck routine up and down the hall.)