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Stop Innovating and Read This First

  • December 13, 2019
  • Kyla Sandwith

In recent years, “innovation” has become the legal industry buzzword that everyone is talking about. However, the true purpose and mechanics of innovation have largely been lost in myth and mystique.

Spark (Contract) Joy through Innovation

  • December 13, 2019
  • Ian Sinclair

I embrace innovation in my day-to-day work. I fiddle with our available technology. I habitually customize tracking spreadsheets. I kneel at the altar of internal optimization. My colleagues are either inordinately gracious or they sincerely appreciate my efforts. Internal innovation seems welcome. However, I have found client-facing innovation is not necessarily so.

Taking the Lead on Strategy

  • September 13, 2019
  • Lynne Yryku

Stop focusing on fires, and start thinking more broadly about your organization and your role in it. Let its strategy be your guide to more meaningful action and success. Strategic management professor Mara Lederman helps you cut through the buzzwords to explain what strategy is, what role it plays in an organization and why it matters to in-house counsel specifically.

How to See and Say What Really Matters

  • September 13, 2019
  • Jim Middlemiss

The balancing act general counsel must play as trusted advisors is a tough one. Successfully mediating the space between the board and management takes soft skills, such as selfregulation, empathy and motivation. The good news is these skills can be developed. Begin with understanding the dynamics and move on to learning ways to build trust, credibility and heightened awareness.

How to be a Better Board Member

  • September 13, 2019
  • Amee Sandhu, CCEP-I

The board of directors sits at the strategic, not operational, level, with a multitude of fiduciary responsibilities and liabilities. To understand and better work with it, it helps to seek out training and get a taste of what it is like to sit on a board. This author did just that and says her experience was invaluable for her, both professionally and personally.

The Case for Hiring Diverse Lawyers: How In-House Counsel Can Attract Diverse Talent

  • June 13, 2019
  • Julie Sobowale

Diversity and inclusion are about building a culture where each person feels valued and their ideas are heard. The result is understanding and meeting the needs of diverse clients while fostering innovation and growth. So how can legal departments promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and become leaders in their organizations?

No One Knows How Toilets Work

  • June 13, 2019
  • Chris Graham

A critical, but often overlooked, part of leadership is creating a culture where effective communication flourishes. What gets in the way? It requires both a good transmitter and an open receiver. unpack why people think they know more than they do and how you can change their mind. (Short answer: you need to get people to explain their understanding of, not reasons for, their position.)

Legal Departments as Champions of Inclusive Language

  • June 13, 2019
  • Karen Sadler

Many of the best practices around inclusivity relate to language. Inclusive language sends a signal to employees, potential employees and clients that all are welcome. as in-house counsel, you have the opportunity to set an example for other departments while adding value to your own.