What Gurus Harvey & Mike from Suits taught me?

Millennials will call me a ‘primitive’. I started watching web series on Amazon, Netflix etc very very recently. In the last few weeks, I watched all the episodes of “Suits” : Season 1 — on Amazon Prime with keen interest and loved it.

For other illiterates like me who don’t know what Suits is :
American legal comedy-drama Suits originally aired on USA Network in the United States between June 23, 2011 and September 8, 2011… The series revolves around corporate lawyer Harvey Specter and his associate attorney Mike Ross who, between the two of them, have only one law degree. (Ref — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suits_(season_1) )

To my surprise (and a lot of disappointment), I am late by over 6 years in watching this series. It also proves that I am already getting older (I am already into my late thirties).

The story & the content of “Suits”: Season 1 is really addictive and most of the plots are nicely crafted. The two leads characters Harvey Specter and Mike Ross are portrayed are as ‘ James Bond or Rajinikanth of the American legal fraternity’. Whatever be the difficulty, howsoever tough the situation is, the duo has a solution for it. The associate, i.e. Mike is already blessed with super-power of memorizing hundreds of pages of text in like a minute (faster than IBM Watson’s super-scanner & lawyers absolutely need to have that skill). The duo also has ‘Harry Potter-like’ magic wand & potion, which at the time of climax in each episode, ensures that a “never-before-seen” fool-proof file (with neatly organised papers alongwith photocopies) lands up on a table as the clinching evidence. That turns the case in their favour almost every time.

Along-with, watching “Suits”, I was also reading a book written by friend — “10 Bulls of Meditation”. So the book did raise thoughts on values of life (personal as well as corporate) & peace of mind. Gurus Harvey & Mike from Suits however provided some valuable lessons about (corporate) life:

  1. Winning is everything. Final result matters.
  2. Its best to have direct & blunt conversation with peers. No mincing of words at all.
  3. Trust between boss and junior underpins the success of team. Also, covering each others back helps.
  4. Reputation is as important as money. But first get some money and then think about the balance.
  5. Speak the trust (half truth is allowed sometimes). Speak with facts and figures only.
  6. Think 10 times before continuing the strained relationships and getting into new one at the work.
  7. Relationships (I am referring to professional here) matter and make a big difference to the success.
  8. If you think you are 2 steps ahead, your competitor could be ahead of you by 4 steps. So one must think of 6 steps ahead.
  9. Having an effective secretary is as important.
  10. Degrees don’t matter. Work does. Don’t forget about the clothes (oh I mean Suits) you wear at work.

And, last but not the least, lawyers can find solutions to anything & everything in life.

I am now going to watch the last episode of Suits Season 1 before the offline download from Amazon Prime expires. My friend has warned me that Season 2 onward, ‘Suits’ turns into a daily-soap from the Indian television. Hoping that I get some better lessons there.