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Managing Diversity in a Legal Team - Interview: Jean Luc Chalhoub, Orange - European Corporate Counsel Summit

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Jean Luc Chalhoub who is General Counsel New Business & Strategic Partnerships at Orange and a speaker at the marcus evans European Corporate Counsel Summit 2013, gives suggestions on successfully managing different types of people in a global legal team.

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Managing Diversity in a Legal Team - Interview: Jean Luc Chalhoub, Orange - European Corporate Counsel Summit

  1. 1. Interview with: Jean Luc Chalhoub, General Counsel New Business & Strategic Partnerships, Orange “Everything is moving so fast today that the legal function has to adapt continuously,” according to Jean Luc Chalhoub, General Counsel New Business & Strategic Partnerships, Orange. Diversity in opinions, culture and personalities will help General Counsel make the best decisions, but diversity is only an efficiency tool if it is managed well, he adds. A speaker at the marcus evans European Corporate Counsel Summit 2013, in Cascais, Portugal, 17 - 19 November, Chalhoub points out the benefits of having a diverse legal team and gives suggestions on managing differences successfully together with a disruptive approach in management. How can General Counsel manage diversity? The Orange Group legal team includes 734 lawyers at the moment in 31 countries, so there is a lot of diversity in terms of fields, expertise, education, languages and culture. These talents must all be managed together. Within the different categories, there are also analytically-minded lawyers, very precise in their assessment of legal issues and others more straight to the point lawyers, who do not really enjoy spending too much time on details. General Counsel must first assess the different personalities, and ideally set up teams with people of both types. Otherwise, they will have to cope with the challenge of managing a monolithic legal department: on the one hand there will be people trying to imagine ten solutions to the problem, drafting memos and analyses, which is what most lawyers do, while others “straight to the point lawyers” will be good with timing and delivery, but will not go into full assessments, imagining multiple solutions. What tools has Orange put in place to gain from diversity? We have set up a talent sharing programme where our lawyers have the opportunity to share their experiences with another legal department in the group. Among the applicants, we select a number of lawyers to be hosted by a legal department abroad for a maximum of three months. We find that meeting other people, seeing how other departments are managed, being confronted with other ideas, cultures and challenges is a very powerful exercise. Whatever type of personality they have, they have to adapt to the new environment, diversity, break their habits, their usual circle of comfort. When they go back home, you always notice a change in them. They start comparing methods of management, document drafting, and so on. This helps get the best out of diversity. In addition, we have what we call “Dr House meetings”. Once or twice a month, someone in the team presents on an interesting issue that they had to deal with. They have to present in a really simple way, and every team member has to ask at least three questions at the end of the presentation. This helps us see how people behave and react to questions, and better understand different perspectives. Someone else’s perception of an issue can be completely different from yours. Could diversity be a weakness or obstacle? What if the different personalities in the team clash? I always consider diversity as a real benefit to the group and actually I’m of the opinion that we do not clash enough in legal departments where everything has to be neat and quiet. Hence, when I see lawyers fight and argue during these meetings, I consider this as an excellent exercise to boost creativity: you do not get creativity by simply sitting on your chair trying to cope with others. On the contrary, the more you challenge your personality with disruptive ideas and diversity, the more you improve your creativity and your efficiency at work. Diversity is a key to creativity. General Counsel must first assess the different personalities, and set up teams with people of different types Managing Diversity in a Legal Team
  2. 2. The Legal Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional t r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g h innovations. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About the European Corporate Counsel Summit 2013 This unique forum will take place at the Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa, Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal, 17 - 19 November 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on efficiency, managing diversity, compliance, partnering with the business, building a strong supply network, M&A transactions, social media and emerging markets. www.eccsummit.com Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.com Upcoming Events Chief Litigation Officer Summit (North America) - www.chieflitigationofficersummit.com IP Law European Summit - www.iplawsummiteurope.com To view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.eccsummit.com/JeanLucChalhoub

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