■ ■ Riskaversion. Most law firm cultures
are built around a strong bias to risk
aversion. However, in transitioning
to a more entrepreneurial role,
lawyers must expand their
perception from “no” to “yes,” even
if the next question is “how?”
■ ■ Wearing two hats. For lawyers in
business roles, it can sometimes
be difficult to look beyond the legal
issues when making decisions.
As such, it’s essential to develop
the ability to wear two hats at a
time: one for the business, and
one for the legal department.
■ ■ A fresh perspective. As in-house
counsel, your seat is often at
the center of the table. Given
your understanding of the
business from all angles, your
input will be fresh and unique.
■ ■ Instilling interest. Unfortunately,
not everyone is cut out to be an
entrepreneur. Above being able to
understand the business, lawyers
must have a legitimate interest in
business operations to succeed.