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Practical Tips for New GCs: Learn. Listen. Lead.

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Last Tuesday, ACC’s Law Department Management Committee hosted a webcast, “Practical Tips for the New General Counsel.” During the online presentation, moderators Kevin Blodgett, senior vice president and general counsel, Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc., and Robin Snasdell, managing director, Huron Legal, outlined 10 practical tips for new GCs.

“Begin with the End in Mind” was the principal theme of the presentation. According to the moderators, the three pillars of success are: Listen. Learn. Lead.

These pillars of success can be broken down into four key tips for new GCs.

  1. Establish a 90-day plan. When asked during the webcast how many attendees developed a 90-day strategic plan, 88 percent responded “No.” Blodgett suggests that new GCs “start before your first day on the job. Research the organization to frame the contours of your upcoming 90-day plan.” Snasdell encouraged attendees to “write your 90-day plan down,” which will enable you to “plan your work and work your plan.”
  2.  Get to know your team of resources and your clients. By doing so, Blodgett adds, this will enable new GCs to “understand the parts to maximize success.”
  3.  Assess the legal department. Speakers highlighted the importance of assessing the current situation of the department early on. Consider managing legal spend and the department’s leadership and reporting capabilities. Blodgett suggests that new GCs “get to know your team of resources; good relationships make the change process easier.”
  4. Clearly articulate your vision for the legal department and your expectations. Blodgett and Snasdell agreed that, as a new GC, your “team should understand your expectations and their role in the vision.”

This ACC webcast was sponsored by Huron Legal. For more information, visit http://webcasts.acc.com/detail.php?id=843050&go=1.

Zenneia McLendon