Management, of a legal department or of any function, comes down to decisions about priorities. One of those decisions for general counsel ought to concern what the lawyers should do particularly well – the core competencies of the department – and what tasks are secondary.
My latest article, published by the Nat. L. J., Dec. 13, 2010 at 9, gives examples of core competencies. Click here for the core competency article. It also explores five ramifications of a core-competency approach. The article draws on some of my earlier posts (See my post of May 23, 2008: core competence with 12 references; and Nov. 19, 2010: departmental core competencies with 12 references.).