■ ■ Establish the“new normal.” Progressive in-house lawyers at all levels are
doing more than providing legal advice. They are expected to innovate and
actively seek opportunities to help the business in other ways including
data governance, crisis management, government affairs, and risk.
■ ■ New skills. Traditional legal skills are no longer sufficient, and it is
essential to develop “non-traditional” business skills such as process
improvement, project management, design thinking, business partnership,
business leadership, risk, technology, and change leadership.
■ ■ New providers. Legal conferences and free law firm updates may have
sufficed in the past. Now you need to find trainers with experience
in these business skills, preferably in an in-house context.
■ ■ New opportunities. Choose how you spend your training time and budget
carefully. Of all the things you could learn, these “non-traditional” business
skills are the ones that will allow you to add more value, collaborate, and
innovate with your business colleagues, and open up more career options.
THE T-SHAPED LAWYER
By Peter Connor Recently, there have been many different calls to action for in-house lawyers.
“You must think creatively, leverage technology, and innovate.” Another says: “You should
collaborate more with your business colleagues and provide strategic business input, not just
legal advice.” According to some, 1 you need to reinvent yourself and don’t have long to do so.