What are three or four key
takeaways for general counsel?
To succeed in this new climate, today’s
GC must increasingly become his or
her own miniature chief executive
— able to communicate, inspire, and
build outstanding legal teams, identify
and anticipate risks, formulate and
execute strategy, implement procurement and technology pipelines, control
costs, ensure efficacy, and nurture
culture and talent.
GCs must increasingly become
outstanding leaders and team builders because, without the support of a
world-class legal team, even the most
distinguished general counsel will
My book provides a three-part
battle plan for how to achieve success.
The first part looks at the “hardware”
— the hard and tangible aspects of
running a department, including how
to assess risk, design winning teams,
I call the “software” (i.e., the less
tangible but equally critical features
of team leadership, including nurtur-
ing a world-class culture, managing
a multi-generational workforce, and
identifying and recruiting top talent).
The final part looks at the critical
threads that weave their way through
your transformational journey:
change management and the need to
develop a strategic roadmap.
What separates this book from
other in-house guides?
Unlike other books in the market,
the framework presented is based on
practice, not theory. It is tempered
by hard-earned lessons from the real
world, including decades of experi-
ence leading diverse groups of people
from different organizations across six
continents. The tone is deeply prag-
matic and the model is easy to apply.
Written in “plain English,” it is full of
helpful anecdotes, stories, and examples
that illustrate and emphasize key points,
making it both enjoyable to read and
highly useful for GCs looking to change
their team’s performance.
While primarily aimed at in-house
legal leaders, the book also has broader appeal, as many of the approaches
and principles are universal. In particular, law firm partners, lawyers at
all levels, and leaders from other support functions will find much to draw
upon, as will government lawyers,
suppliers to the legal industry, and
academics and law students looking at
legal practice. ACC