An interesting article by Fred Krebs in Canadian Lawyer Magazine about the General Counsel as innovator. General counsel as innovators? Read it.
Here are my thoughts around the theme:
– few legal departments have the size to scale any innovation. Ideas will die before leaving the drawing board.
– most GC are not trained for this. They are ”old school” and lack skills in many areas needed to drive innovation.
– However, the GCs are sitting in the power position and can foster innovation by just wanting it – but they need to reach out to industry / peers / facilitators to make it happen. I hear people saying that they are ready to change and accept innovations but I am not really seeing any major trend in this direction. But I am sure it will come.