Connie Parrish has just settled in to her job as office manager at Armstrong Teasdale, but she has already been working to implement new management styles in the firm.
Parrish joined the firm less than a year ago and has spent much of that time focusing on building a team mentality at the growing local office of the firm. After beginning her career in the legal world in 2007, she learned the ropes at a small Evergreen law firm where she did a little bit of everything. Over time, she grew into an administrative role at another Denver firm and made the move to Armstrong Teasdale largely because the local office provided her a place to continue growing and because she felt she had support from the local office managing attorney, Chuck Steese. Her workplace philosophy of having an “agile mindset,” which focuses on communication and teamwork fit in well at the office.
“When I took this job with Chuck, he just asked, ‘What do you need from me? What do you need to do your job?’ He just empowered me and trusted me in my skill set to allow me to do whatever it is I needed to do,” Parrish said. “The fact that our firm is just starting to grow in Denver — we need to be more innovative to attract people to come work here.”
And her focus is entirely on innovation. Talking with Parrish about agile management is similar to attending a professional development seminar. She has adopted the mindset in both her work life and personal life and hands out books on the subject to others she works with.