First-time General Counsel? Or, did you just start at a new company? Either way, those initial few months are crucial to setting the tone for your own success. For anyone looking for advice on how to get started, we’ve put together a collection of day-one and long-term advice from our very own CLO, Tim Parilla, who’s been there a time or two.
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Because everyone loves a sneak peek, here are a few ways you should be spending your time in those early days:
Step 1: Get to know your team (leadership included). Regardless of who reports to you or who you're replacing, remember that the General Counsel is there to advise and assist the leadership team, including the CEO and the rest of the C-suite. Finding out what they expect from you and your team will allow you to identify where you and your team can most effectively advance the organization.
Step 2: Get familiar with the work already done. You should be aware of any parties with whom the business relationship is less than ideal, and understand operational and execution risks associated with those relationships.
Step 3: Get to know your industry. Seek out senior members of the organization with a good perspective on both the historical and forward-looking trajectory of the industry and your company. Take some time to track down the industry's leading news sources and professional groups. Knowledge is available (and powerful).