Talent Development

  • Scare them, scare yourself

    I have a terrific work commute. Most people can't say that, especially in the New York metro area, where a lot of my colleagues battle with suburban train delays and subway reroutings. But I get to take a ferry, which gives me nice views of the harbor, as well as...

  • Ready to rise

    In the summer of 2013, InsideCounsel debuted the first R3-100 list, honoring 100 women who have the potential to become general counsel of a Fortune 500 company within three years. That list was an outgrowth of existing initiatives, including the Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) network. The WIPL...

  • The challenges we face: Different sides of the same coin

    At two recent meetings I attended, general counsel discussed the challenges they face and reiterated the key points to building relationships with outside counsel. At one meeting, a panel of consultants spoke to GCs about the difficulties law firms and partners encounter. Both sides agree these relationships require hard work...

  • To achieve meaningful diversity in the legal profession, make your law firms your partners

    The good news is that many of today’s companies have realized that hiring men and women from a wider spectrum of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds is not only the right thing to do, but also makes business sense. Perceptive CEOs appreciate, as ample data demonstrate, that having a workforce...

  • Culture fit as a diversity blocker

    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.

  • The art of the opening statement: Find your inner storyteller

    An opening statement is the beginning of a story. It is the first chapter of your trial narrative and a road map for what the rest of the proceeding will bring. The jury will form its first—and perhaps lasting—impressions of the case from your opening and will compare your narrative...

  • 44 law firms become WILEF Gold Standard certified for bringing women up to positions of power

    The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) — a group dedicated to assisting women in law to assume leadership roles within the National Law Journal 350 law firms and Fortune 1000 legal departments — unveiled a list of 44 law firms this week that it certified for its 2015 Gold...

  • Building and sustaining effective teams

    The best team builders are those who have a team-oriented mindset—they firmly believe that the team has real value and that the identified goals cannot be achieved through individual effort.

  • Cybersecurity expertise equals marketability

    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.

  • 3 key steps to navigating legal department politics

    Awareness, analysis and action are the three key steps to navigating legal department politics, ensuring departments continue on the optimal path to success.

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