Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Leadership, lawyers & the British
Listen, I'm bleeding chips. I'm not going to last much longer. You have a better chance. I'll stake you. I'm saying I'll give you the money to keep going. Just one thing: you pull it off, the CIA bring him in." Bond replies "What about the winnings?". To which Leiter says "Does it look like we need the money?" It's a cheap laugh, but only because the Yanks have the money and we don't.
Does British business look a little limp to you? Is the performance from BP really the best we can do?
Extending the card game metaphor, I ought to declare my hand. I'm a British lawyer. So, here's a challenge for every angst ridden British lawyer. Are you anxious about your role? Are you a trusted business partner? Is your CEO listening to you? If not, is that because you're a lawyer or because you're just ... too British?
Those of you thinking I'm being deliberately controversial to launch a blog are right. But, to make a more serious point, next time I'm going to consider one of the structural problems with Legal in a lot of British companies. The subject will be "If your GC reports to the CFO, your company doesn't understand what Legal does."