In-House Lawyers’ Ethics

“In-House Lawyers’ Ethics” is a new book by Richard Moorhead, Steven Vaughan and Cristina Godinho. I qualified as a solicitor on 16 February 1987. It was, and still is, the proudest day of my professional life. Twelve months later I was an in-house lawyer and ever since I have either been an in-house lawyer or… More


Normal leadership

The best way to get value from a heart surgeon is to fill their day being nice to patients with mild infections and tummy upsets. The best way to get value from a pilot is to give them a plane they rarely fly and ask them to land it at an unfamiliar airport in high… More


We need to talk about recruitment

We need to talk about Janet and Nicholas and Edward and Sophie and Emma and Jonathan and countless others I speak to all of the time. We need to talk about why brilliant people reach the point of near despair in their search for new roles. We need to talk about the abject, thoughtless, arrogant,… More


Riverviewey

Trying to find a simple answer to make sense of befuddling complexity is one of life’s wishful thoughts. Real life is much more about muddle and guestimates and hope and having a go. There never will be the “killer app”. There isn’t a CEO with the Midas touch. One way is never the only way.… More


The speech the PM might have made

This is the speech I would have liked our Prime Minister to have made six months after the Brexit referendum vote: “As you know I have for the last 12 weeks travelled up and down the United Kingdom. I have been to schools and colleges, spoken to faith groups and entrepreneurs. I have been to… More


KPI – The Kindness Performance Indicator

I would like to convince you that kindness is a measurable performance indicator and should be a significant measure of success for all leaders and all teams. You may think this sounds like more wellness-bandwagon do-goodery, but I will argue that at the very least kindness is as convincing a metric as any financial “more-for-less”… More


When wishing for change is not enough

On a day in February in 2018 a boy with a gun kills seventeen boys and girls in a school in America. Is this a different mass murder to other mass murders? Past mass murders have seen a broadly liberal press (and their readerships) call for change, but an NRA funded political establishment has resisted… More


What happens to Anna when companies merge?

This is not a piece written from the perspective of a project manager or a strategist. Neither am I writing a worthy best practice guide. What I would like to do is to take you into a small world occupied by one person. She is an in-house lawyer. Let’s call her Anna. Anna has worked… More


Do you love your work?

Love is a very wonderful, peculiar, complex and overwhelming emotion. I wonder therefore when people say “I love my work” what this means? I will be honest I do not love my work. I am not sure anyone should love their work. I expect my work to be necessarily inconvenient. I want my work to… More


No Oscar required

Very few people get the chance to win a Nobel Prize, or an Oscar, or an Olympic gold medal. We should rightly celebrate such astonishing achievements because we know these people are very special. However I do not accept the often used encouragement for such astonishing achievements that “anyone can achieve whatever they want if… More