Category Archives: Culture Fit

How to ask CEO Santa for New Headcount

CultureFit-image1024x768Happy holidays! What would you like to see in your law department’s stocking this year? Have you asked CEO Santa for an increased budget in 2017? If so, my guess is that Santa wanted a whole lot of information to back-up the request.

Last month, I moderated a panel at In-house Innovates (formerly known as “Superconference”) titled “Allocating Law Department Resources.” One of my takeaways from our session, and the conference generally, is that in-house counsel are getting with the program when it comes to using data and performance metrics. Numbers speak much louder than words when making the case for additional resources.

But even if the metrics make sense, for example in projected savings versus outside counsel use, Santa may still get grumpy if you ask for additional headcount. That is a present wrapped in commitment, and batteries are definitely not included. And so metrics are just a starting point. More 

Going beyond the resume

Evers-Legal-Executive-Search-Culture-Fit-09-2016Pre-column note: Just at press time, we took an order from a great long-term client, Principal Financial Group.  Competitive compensation and relocation package for ERISA attorneys who will consider the Des Moines, Iowa location.  This is a terrific law department, everyone we have placed there loves it, and PFG is consistently voted one of the best companies to work for in the country.  So, please help me out by spreading the word on this one.  Thank you.  Now, to my column, please enjoy the read:

Our placements in 2016 have me thinking about the title of this column (“Culture Fit”), and fondly recalling a memorable line from Bob Major almost 20 years ago. Let me explain.

In 2015, a lot of my attention was focused on helping one particular client build out its new law department with some specialized and VP level hires. Even with the complication of some geographic relocations, those orders went smoothly. By contrast, our order flow this year is broader, and I am spending significant time on our adjunct counsel service line. More 

$10,000 to Charity of Your Choice

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Culture-Fit-July-2016We just completed a Senior Counsel search for a terrific client.  Congratulations to Jennifer Hua, the winning candidate.

For almost 20 years, searches like these, from Counsel level to Deputy General Counsel level, have served as the “bread and butter” of our practice. We have recruited the right in-house counsel for companies throughout the Midwest and from coast to coast.

However, we all know that more and more staff level openings of this kind are being handled directly by your HR teams without engaging a search firm. That is why order-growth is coming increasingly from our Adjunct Counsel service line. We always adapt to what our clients want from us. Our current line-up of Adjunct Counsel is exceptional. Contact us to see resumes. More 

Choose the Relationships that Enhance Your Career and Support Others’

Evers Legal Culture Fit Business RelationshipsSusan Sneider literally wrote the book on networking. It’s called A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking. The ABA recently published her updated Second Edition and we are pleased to have Susan as our guest Your Career columnist in this issue of eNews. Susan is my personal career coach, and I recommend her highly.

Networking gets a bad rap. In LawWorld, we often think of it as awkward cocktail party business card exchanges when someone is hunting for business or looking, often desperately, for a new job.

As Susan and the GCs quoted in her column articulate, networking done well is really a daily way of life. It’s about building and maintaining relationships in an unselfish manner focused on helping others. More 

Career Satisfaction: What GCs Can Learn From Our 2016 Survey

CultureFitphoto-Feb16With leadership from Cate Flahardy Communications, we ran our first Career Satisfaction Survey over the past few months. My thanks to Cate, who also edits our eNews and handles our Counsel Q&A. Many thanks also to Anthony Paonita, my editor at InsideCounsel. Anthony kindly published links from my career advice column at InsideCounsel to the survey, which enhanced participation.

And a big thank you to the 223 readers of eNews and Inside Counsel who completed the survey. The response was robust with a nice broad range of experience levels.

In a preliminary question, we asked how long each respondent has been with his or her current employer. Options were: 0 to 2 years; 2 to 5 years; 6 to 10 years; or more than 10 years. There were more responses of 2 to 5 years than any other option, and a whopping 55% of respondents are less than six years with their current company. There is increasingly high turnover and this should be troubling to general counsel. It means companies are losing people just as they are hitting their stride.  More 

Announcements, Our Survey and Talent Available

CultureFitphotoI am pleased to have my colleague Meredith Haydon back and working with us again on a regular basis. As some of you may know, Meredith lost her husband Chris to cancer earlier this year and she took some time off. So this photo from a holiday party on Dec. 3 takes on special meaning for me. It also reflects our different styles. As Meredith would say, I’m the “schmoozer” with the big grin. And I’m always trying to get her to chill out more! Since 1999, our complementary strengths have served our clients well, and we look forward to more of the same in 2016. More 

Career Satisfaction Survey

Please take 2-minutes to complete our first annual Career Satisfaction Survey.  It’s not all about $$$.  We hope you find the questions engaging, and we look forward to sharing results in an upcoming issue of Evers eNews.  Participation is anonymous.  Thank you.  Click:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3YBLWYQ

Our thanks to our colleague Cate Flahardy and her team at Cate Flahardy Communications for their leadership on this survey!

 

Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

20150917_133500Thank you to Meredith Ritchie  and her fellow Board members for including me in yesterday’s Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law event.  The largely law firm oriented audience seized on client access and origination credit as a key driver towards improved inclusion and advancement for women at major firms.

Of course, I always find the in-house attorneys at any legal conference.  The photo here is with Cynthia Abbott, the stellar Chief Litigation Counsel for Motorola Mobility. More