This is the second part of our series, Preparing for the Future: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know About Change Management. Our first part looked at five best practices in change management.
In larger companies, in-house teams can often partner with project management and change management professionals, while teams in smaller organizations can collaborate with outside consultants. It’s an opportunity to work with change management experts who have supported large-scale transitions, managed change in the workplace and know the pitfalls to avoid. Taking full advantage of their experience, instead of starting from scratch, will save significant time, money and effort, and foster a smooth transition. When meeting with a change manager, legal department ops professionals should consider starting with the following five questions to get the most out of the partnership.
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Being uncomfortable with change is a universal experience, and change management is particularly daunting in the legal profession, where lawyers are known for their resistance to change and innovation. But lawyers can’t stick with the status quo as the practice of law continues to evolve. To handle the shifts in the current legal market and better anticipate the changes on the horizon, in-house teams must overcome the obstacles to embracing change. Partnering with change management professionals to make the most of their experience and expertise will help in-house teams not only survive, but thrive, as the transformation of the practice of law continues.
In our third and final installment, we’ll look at five projects where it makes sense to bring in project management.
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