Control, Competence, and Clarity: The “Leader-Leader” Approach to Management
Last month, Level 2 Legal proudly sponsored the 2018 Global TEC Forum presented by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. At the Forum, Level 2 Legal Director of Innovation Leigh Vickery chatted with in-house IP counsel for a well-known social media company. He highly recommended a book he was reading – Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by retired U.S. Navy Captain L. David Marquet (available here).
What the IP counsel may not have known is that recommending a book to Leigh – especially one that might help Level 2 Legal further innovate for the good of our clients and team members – is equivalent to issuing a speed reading challenge. Sure enough, within a week of returning from the conference, Leigh had not only finished the book, she also successfully advocated for our entire senior leadership team to read and discuss it, too.
And how right she was to do so. In my judgment, Turn the Ship Around! should be on every legal professional’s summer reading list. In it, Captain Marquet details the true story of how the USS Santa Fe – one of the Navy’s most modern nuclear-powered attack submarines – “skyrocketed . . . to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach.”
Captain Marquet called his alternative to “leader-follower” the “leader-leader” approach. The mechanisms he put in place to implement his novel management style “were evolutionary,” but the results obtained “were revolutionary.” He organized the mechanisms into three groups: Control, Competence, and Clarity. Over the next three weeks I’ll be blogging about each of the three groups in turn. If nothing else, I promise that thinking through the mechanisms in each group will force a healthy reconsideration of your management priorities, strategies, and tactics.
I hope you’ll grab a copy of Captain Marquet’s book and follow along. You’ll be glad you did.
Chris Schultz serves as executive vice president and general counsel of Level 2 Legal Solutions. In addition to serving as the chief legal officer, Chris helps coordinate all aspects of the company’s managed review and corporate compliance projects. He also leads engagement teams assisting clients with a full range of eDiscovery and litigation readiness projects. In addition, Chris is available to provide clients with expert testimony and special discovery master services. A dynamic speaker with more than five years of college-level teaching experience, Chris is a frequent presenter of continuing legal education and other seminars concerning eDiscovery.