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Four Steps GCs Take to Ensure Data Privacy and Security

We all are vulnerable to data security breaches, and, as victims, are left to clean up the mess and clear our good names. A variety of personal breaches recently, including my spouse’s identify theft and the hacking of my own LinkedIn profile, have prompted to me to look into the ever-present threat of hackers who illegally access personal data from a number of sources, including credit card companies, retailers, healthcare organizations, and the US government.

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3 Key Ways to Reduce Legal Costs Through Competition

As a GC, you encounter much outside of your control - changes in regulations, C-suite turnover, industry transitions. Your legal department is expected to adapt to these changes and operate efficiently despite external obstacles. What you control is how your department handles an ever-changing slate of legal needs. A sure-fire way to earn the respect and attention of the C-suite and the board is in reducing costs, even as the legal demands of your business expand. Throughout my career, I held myself accountable for not just the execution of high-caliber legal services, but for the costs incurred as well. Drawing on the inherently competitive nature of the legal field can drive your department forward while managing costs.

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How Does Your In-House Counsel Compensation Compare?

As key players in the executive search industry, our team is exposed to both sides of the coin when it comes to compensation. On a daily basis, we advise client organizations in pursuing solutions to maximize performance and talent in their legal departments, while also networking with potential job candidates, who seek assurance that their pay grade meets industry trends.

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Setting a Strategic Direction For Your Corporate Legal Department

Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.” [i] This is particularly true when leading a legal team.

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The Importance of Courage for In-House Counsel

Legal leaders in a corporate setting must have the courage to speak up and prevent stupid or potentially illegal things from happening.

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The Most Revealing Interview Question

Without a doubt, the best part of my job is speaking with accomplished leaders. Whether interviewing someone for a high-level search or learning about the culture of a company, I come away from meetings with truly trusted advisors both invigorated and excited to share what I learned with my team and others.

Of all the questions I ask, “How do you create a competitive advantage for your company?” sparks the most passionate responses and allows me to learn just how valuable a particular leader is to the company and the people around him or her. While the question might sound simple, the answer –  and how it’s answered – often reveals whether someone has a seat at the table, and the culture where he or she thrives. 

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