Legal leaders in a corporate setting must have the courage to speak up and prevent stupid or potentially illegal things from happening.READ FULL ARTICLE
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.READ FULL ARTICLE
I retired a few years ago as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim USA. Before that I was Global General Counsel for Baxter International, and spent close to 20 years as part of Baxter in both legal and business roles.
Though I started my legal career as an associate with a law firm, it didn’t take me long to realize that being a part of an effective in-house team, and ultimately part of senior management at a global enterprise, would be the source of greatest professional satisfaction for me. Therefore, I was very fortunate to spend the majority of the last 30 years operating in business environments which enabled me to acquire the skills needed to help companies use the law as a sword and a shield to achieve business goals.READ FULL ARTICLE
(May 8, 2017) BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm specializing in building corporate legal and compliance teams from the top down, announced a strategic expansion of its firm to include a team of 12 esteemed former general counsel (GC) and chief compliance officers (CCOs). This team, many of whom have served in Fortune 500 companies, will provide advising and leadership development services, complementing the company’s core recruiting business. These consultants provide BarkerGilmore clients access to experience that enables them to optimize their organizations and accelerate profits.READ FULL ARTICLE
First and foremost, I would like to thank so many readers for their kind remarks and endorsement of the recent article 14 Top Mistakes Made by New In-house Counsel. The content for these articles comes first-hand from some of the most successful GCs in the business and the business executives with whom they work. I am asked daily by lawyers aspiring to become a GC, “What must I add to my resume to be considered for a GC position?” Based on my conversations with law department leaders, CEOs, and board members, both past and present, the keys to success will not be found on your resume.READ FULL ARTICLE
The General Counsel’s role is being transformed by what can be termed the “professional convergence revolution”.
Breakthrough innovation mostly happens when diverse groups of people, with different skills and ideas, bump into and learn from each other.[i] Innovators must increasingly be open to new ideas, willing to learn across formal academic disciplines and then build upon existing ideas with contributions of their own. The drive to generate such innovation is causing people with very different professional skills to come together like never before, in ever-denser working groups. To put it simply: the more networked we become, the smarter each of us gets; and the smarter we get, the more innovation we generate.READ FULL ARTICLE