Tips for Turning Heads as a New GC (Adv.)

by Submitted Post on November 30, 2015

Tips for Turning Heads as a New GC, from Practical Law (an InhouseBlog advertiser). Practical Law is a provider of current, comprehensive legal know-how that helps law departments practice smarter, operate more efficiently and advise their business more confidently.

Congratulations on your new position! Read these tips to find out how to get off on the right foot as a new general counsel.

  1. Establish Expectations

Set aside time to meet with your CEO and board at the earliest opportunity. You want to establish from the get-go what success looks like in their eyes, and how they will measure your success. Identify who your internal clients are going to be and set aside time to meet with them as soon as possible to understand their business units and what they will need and expect from you. Be sure to set expectations.

  1. Get to Know Your Team

If you have a team, schedule a team meeting to share your visions for the department with them. Meet with your direct reports to get a clear idea of the status quo, field any questions, and understand their motivations as well as their pain points. Consider how you can best help them grow by playing to—and expanding on—their strengths. Work with them to identify a clear career path—it will pay off in both morale and productivity.

  1. Get the Lay of the Land

To excel as GC, you need to demonstrate intimate knowledge of your company’s internal landscape from both a legal and commercial perspective. Get hold of an organization chart and keep it at hand. Find out how power is distributed, what the decision making processes are and how reports are presented. Keep your ears open to what people are saying about the challenges and opportunities of the business. [click to continue…]


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