Category Archives: Culture Fit

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 

Help us help you

CultureFitIf you have had a good experience with our search firm and believe your law department might benefit from using us in the future, I have a request. Regardless if your company is currently hiring, please introduce me to your key internal contact in human resources.

It is increasingly rare for a general counsel to independently engage a search consultant to fill an important opening in his or her department. On the front end of a new opening, HR often leads on the discussion of whether to even use a search firm. And when the company does authorize the use of a search firm, it is very helpful if a vendor relationship already exists with a firm that you and HR both feel good about using. More 

Jeff Carr’s new gig

Congratulations to my friend, and former client, Jeff Carr.  Jeff is launching a new service offering, and I’ll talk about that in a moment.  Jeff practiced the elusive art of prevention for 21 years as the General Counsel of FMC Technologies.  He might balk at my use of the word art, since Jeff is best known for his innovative use of technology in a law department context, and as an early champion of alternative fee arrangements.  But as I wrote about here when Jeff “retired” last year, I believe Jeff’s judgment and leadership skills were essential for any of that innovation to take hold.  And in my opinion those same people skills will be Jeff’s true calling card as he moves into a service provider role.

Jeff is creating a “prevention practice” at law firm Valorem Law Group under the moniker “ValoremNext.”  I suspect Jeff’s advice and counsel will be uniquely valuable to new GCs, or laterally placed GCs who seek a partner on a change management undertaking.  I’ll find out more on Jeff’s upcoming road show.  He has created a complimentary one hour program for in-house attorneys, to be held in Houston (Oct 28), Chicago (Nov. 12), and Silicon Valley (Nov. 17).  For more information or to register, email Jeff:  Jeffrey.carr@valoremlaw.com

 

Socializing with service providers: take you out to the ballgame?

Culture-Fit-artSo, this is not really an invitation. But it could be. I’m not sure. Would you like one? I seek your input on the pros and cons of socializing with outside service providers.

Earlier this month, I wrote a column for Inside Counsel addressing corporate social activity among current and potential employees, especially at the executive level. I probably came down a little too hard on a perfectly nice golf outing, but I wanted to address the ongoing challenge of accessing diverse pools of talent, and going beyond existing comfort zones to do so.

My thoughts on social functions with service providers are less clear. This is because I am not objective on the topic. I enjoy socializing with our clients, and I want to engage in any activity that helps build relationships. More 

Cybersecurity is the new insecurity

CultureFit image May15The general counsel role continues to expand, and in-house lawyers are integral players in business development activity. But the most important piece of any GC’s job description remains as simple as this: Protect the Company.

Accordingly, I often ask our clients: “What keeps you up at night?” After the hack into Sony’s internal computer network, the eye-opening “60 Minutes” piece that followed, and a general recognition that all companies are vulnerable to cyberattack, the answer is fairly unanimous.

No wonder the word “cybersecurity” was used in 20 percent of the agenda items at last week’s InsideCounsel SuperConference, and cybersecurity was the keynote topic. I looked through my old conference programs from previous years, and I couldn’t find the word cybersecurity anywhere. So, is the concern overblown, reminiscent of “Y2K” fears back in 1999? More