Innovate: to make changes; to do something in a new way; to introduce as or as if new; to effect change in. According to Merriam-Webster, these are the actions we must take to create innovation. Seems easy. But is it?
Each year, as we publish our annual InsideCounsel 10 story, in which we highlight 10 of the most innovative legal departments of the year, I sit back and assess my own success as an innovator. Sure, I can say I’ve implemented some “best practices” on a small scale in both my personal and professional lives. But if I shook the Magic 8-Ball and asked, “Have I really done what it takes to effect real change for measurable benefit in either?” the answer would likely be “My sources say no.”