Mike Evers recruits attorneys for corporate legal departments throughout the United States. Please visit www.everslegal.com. His firm also offers experienced in-house counsel to companies on an adjunct basis.
I was struck by a recent lunch conversation with a general counsel that took me back to a much earlier time in my career. Hint: I don’t golf.
Since attorneys with a true mix of legal and IT expertise are in short supply, a real opportunity exists for inside counsel who are willing to do more than just a little homework.
Using a confidential advisor with whom you can discuss delicate decisions and C-suite politics helps. And after speaking with a few GCs, Mike Evers decides to see what the buzz in executive coaching is about.
“Next Step” candidates are senior level attorneys currently reporting to a General Counsel, but who aspire to the GC role. Here are bullet point tips for overcoming challenges and generally positioning for outside opportunities.
When you lose your cool with one of your internal clients, with a colleague, with someone in the mailroom, or even an outside service provider, the damage to your reputation is probably worse than you realize.
Your founder or CEO or CFO will probably never change their views of LawWorld. But they can definitely begin to see you differently.
This is more than just happy talk from a giddy recruiter who hopes to make a lot of placements in 2015. It is a realistic view.
Companies generally do appear to be more open than ever to the idea of inside counsel as board members. So if this is a path that interests you, go for it. Don’t just sit on the thought.
I never recommend lying in an interview. The risk of a lie backfiring is high, and of course it’s just plain wrong. Yet, many very bad interviews come down to the use of extreme honesty, or what I call “open kimono” syndrome.
Real relationship building is harder and more time consuming versus the convenient use of social media. But it’s better. Social media supplements those efforts; it’s not a replacement.