Managing and Advancing Your In-House Career
As a General Counsel or in-house legal team head, it is crucial to ensure that your team members are not only well-managed but also engaged and motivated. Star Anise is therefore delighted to have hosted a webinar on the topic of “Managing and Advancing Your In-House Career” in May 2021 to the members of the Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong.
The webinar was moderated by our co-managing Director, Annie Tang with special guest, Chris O’Dell, Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director and co-General Counsel, Chris O’Dell when they shared some practical tips on how to manage a team of lawyers as well skills to take note of when becoming a people manager.
Annie is a former practising lawyer with extensive in-house legal recruitment experience. She discusses the team needs of General Counsels on a daily basis.
Before becoming a successful legal professional, Chris was in the army for 3 years. Chris believes that the army training shaped him to be a leader so he is not afraid to speak up and follow through.
Here are some bullet points of tips that Chris shared during the discussion:
Managing your in-house team
Be aware of your stakeholders (around, above, below as well as those outside of your organisation) and acknowledge that they all matter
Communicate and ask what your stakeholders want and care about
Show your knowledge and expertise
Don’t hide behind the problem but create solutions as “conflict avoidance is the root of all evil”
Bring your experience and not just your expertise, as there is always going to be someone more knowledgeable in that area
Make decisions for your team and demonstrate your assertiveness
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation!
– Chris O’ Dell
Progressing in your In-House Legal Career
Acquire new skills through reading news, articles and publications in your interest area
Work closely with the experts or mentors in your practice area
Ask for opportunities as you are responsible for shaping your career
- Network with people through offline (e.g., F2F) or online (e.g., webinar) channels
A warm thank you to Chris, for taking the time to let aspiring legal professionals know how they can manage others and advance their in-house career and to Annie for moderating this in-house legal leadership webinar.