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The 21st Century Legal Team Leader

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The 21st Century Legal Team Leader

Pierre Landy, a speaker at the marcus evans European Corporate Counsel Summit 2010, shares his thoughts on the 21st century leadership style.

Interview with: Pierre Landy, Vice President & EMEA General Counsel, Yahoo

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The leadership role is transforming completely, according to Pierre Landy, Vice President and EMEA General Counsel at Yahoo. We are going from an employment to a self-employment mentality, and the General Counsel who will be brave enough to endorse this concept will have long-enduring and successful legal teams. A speaker at the marcus evans European Corporate Counsel Summit 2010 taking place in Switzerland, 26 – 28 September, Landy highlights the key steps in the 21st century leadership style, and the best way of identifying the ideal person for each position.

What legal department management style would you recommend?

Pierre Landy: The old leadership style was all about the leader being responsible for doing everything: persuading people to be a part of their team, hammering out how things had to be done, and supervising them to ensure they were done. It was about fitting people into boxes.

At Yahoo, we follow the 21st century leadership style within the EMEA legal team, in which you have to be tough about the objectives you wish to achieve, and manage the outcome and results, not the process. It is all about crafting a vision, a picture of success, which outlines the concrete things that will be happening when you reach the top of your mountain. Jobs must be built around people’s strengths to help the organisation tackle its challenges. It is a more hands-off approach to legal department management – letting people tell you how they can contribute to the success of the team and the vision that was given to them.

This is a complete reversal of the former leadership role. It is going from an employment mentality to a self-employment mentality, from a place where managers supervise to one where employees manage themselves. General Counsel who will be brave enough to endorse this new concept will have long-enduring and successful legal teams. This may be difficult for lawyers who love the technicalities of their job, and getting involved in litigation and transactions. The leader’s role is to focus on making the team successful and working well together towards a greater aim. It is about getting people to volunteer to be part of your team.

How can the leader effectively communicate organisational objectives to the team?

Pierre Landy: A leader in the 21st century is someone who acts as a conductor of an orchestra and is able to make all the musicians play in harmony in order to create a wonderful symphony. Heads of legal should first give an objective to the team, the vision they have, then ask how they can best contribute towards the big goal. The team must decide how they can contribute to its success; the vision the leader creates must be very detailed and concrete so that people are able to make a judgment about it. The role of the leader is to make sure team members have great clarity around these factors, to end up with a team of self-managing people who take ownership, from making the best contribution to achieving the goals that the leader established.

What is the best way of identifying people’s skills?

Pierre Landy: First, create job descriptions with a list of the skills you are looking for. During the interview, ask behavioral questions in order to test how they react in certain environments or situations. Instead of asking them to describe the types of contracts they have worked on, it could be better to ask: “If you are told to work on 10 different things at the same time, all with a deadline of tonight, what would you do?” This type of question does not deal with technical skills, but how a person practically deals with a situation. Based on the answers, one can determine the candidate who will be pragmatic or theoretic. This is the first sign to help you cast your people.

Secondly, when you have new team members, identify their strengths. For example, you can get them to do the test from the book by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton called, “Now Discover your Strengths”.

Look at the roles you have available according to the mission taking place, and remember the analogy: It is about having the right people on the right bus in the right seat. The Yahoo concept pays attention to the diversity of strengths in order to make sure the team is fully effective without ever forgetting that it is also crucial to get the spirit of the team right – the heartbeat of the team – the characteristics that will be a hallmark of your team. Great teams have a similarity of spirit (for example, team members will have a positive approach to things), and a diversity of strengths. If you have diversity of spirit in the team, you then get into trouble.

What long-term strategies would you recommend to General Counsel?

Pierre Landy: The last thing I would recommend to a leader would be to spend a moment discussing their leadership style with team members. Many people take too long trying to figure out how to work with their leaders, which can be easily fixed by the leader pronouncing how to best work with them. By taking a moment to declare their leadership style, they will save so many headaches later on as people will understand how their manager functions.

You need to be strong about the outcomes you want and let your people take ownership for the day to day. Then, you will have a greater chance of getting a team characterised by the quote from Lao Tzu: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
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Speakers Announced for Telepresence World 2008 London: March 18th-19th, ExCel London

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Martyn Lewis, CBE (Chairman of Teliris and former TV presenter and news anchor), Charles Stucki (Manager of Cisco Telepresence Systems Business Unit), Jonathan Shopley (Executive Director of The CarbonNeutral Company), and Marc Trachtenberg (CEO of Teliris) are featured speakers among notables to address delegates

London, UK: Tuesday 22nd January, 2008 – Hemisphere Expo Services, producers of the Telepresence World Conference Series (www.telepresenceworld.com), announced today the featured speakers and panellists who will address attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London, which will take place on 18th – 19th March at ExCel London, the internationally acclaimed exhibition and conference centre located in the UK’s capital city.

The conference, which will showcase the latest state-of-the-art systems designed to enable and enhance collaboration and reduce the need for in-person meetings, will focus on real-world applications of telepresence and will feature case studies, roundtables, and business analyses led by industry leaders. Speakers will explore a wide variety of topics ranging from management of the global enterprise via telepresence to ways that the technology can reduce the corporate carbon footprint and contribute to the development of sustainable business models.

Marc Trachtenberg, who is a Co-Founder of Teliris as well as its CEO, will lead off the Conference on March 18 with a powerful and highly interactive look at the multi-faceted ways that telepresence will continue to change business practises around the world.

According to Mr. Trachtenberg, “It is hard to believe that it was slightly less than a decade ago that Teliris introduced the first telepresence system. In that short time, companies of all sizes, all over the world have realized the tremendous value of this unique technology and its implications for managing rising costs, fostering deeper, more effective communication and decision making and even addressing corporate environmental responsibility. And this is just the beginning — telepresence will eventually become an irreplaceable asset within each and every organization that needs to meet in a natural, immersive way across distance.

According to Ken Crangle, vice president, Diamond Sponsor HP Halo Telepresence Solutions, “As global enterprise becomes more distributed and complex, more effective ways to collaborate and communicate are key to increasing business productivity, furthering collaboration and reducing corporate travel expenses. HP Halo Telepresence Solutions are already used by some of the world’s leading companies such as ABN Amro, AMD, BHP Billiton, DreamWorks Animation and PepsiCo to foster more personal connections while reducing the burden of travel and to make business decisions faster and with greater control. We are looking forward to showcasing the benefits of this powerful technology at Telepresence World 2008.”

Featured Presenters at the conference will include:

Martyn Lewis, CBE, Chairman & Co-Founder Teliris
Marc Trachtenberg, CEO & Co-Founder – Teliris
Charles Stucki, VP & General Manager – Cisco Telepresence Systems Business Unit
Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director – The CarbonNeutral Company
Aaron McCormack, CEO – BT Conferencing
Peter Lloyd, Editor-in-Chief – AV Magazine

Jonathan Shopley, Executive Director of The CarbonNeutral Company, said: Technological solutions are vital for a low carbon future. Our experience shows us that business travel accounts for around 20% – 30% of our service-based clients overall emissions. Where possible, using virtual options like telepresence is a real opportunity for businesses to cut emissions at the source whilst increasing cost and staff efficiency.

Martyn Lewis, CBE, Chairman of Teliris and lauded TV presenter and news anchor, also presenting at the Conference, stated: This is such an exciting time for the telepresence industry as more and more companies around the world begin to understand how drastically its deployment can redefine business as they know it.

Attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London will have a unique opportunity to experience telepresence offerings from a number of vendors first-hand via demonstrations and exhibitions. The venue for the conference, the ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre, is conveniently located near the London City Airport and Canary Wharf. The stunning waterfront setting includes a variety of hotels, restaurants, and pubs and is adjacent to the Royal Victoria Dock, originally established by Prince Albert in 1855.

World renowned analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has partnered with Telepresence World to provide market leadership, perspective, and insight. Diamond Sponsors of Telepresence World 2008 London include Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard. BT has joined as a Gold Sponsor and Network Sponsorship will be provided by Masergy Communications. Organisational supporters include the Interactive Media & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA), the International Society of Presence Research (ISPR), Digital Content Forum (DCF), the Communications Management Association (CMA), and the British Computer Society (BCS). Audio Visual (AV) Magazine, AV News, Connect World, CXO, Education Business, European CEO, Government Technology, Health Business, New Media Age, Report Buyer, Total Telecom, and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter are among a growing listing of media sponsors who have signed on to promote the event. Telepresence World 2008 London is a CarbonNeutral event.

Additional major sponsor announcements will be released in the next few weeks; however partner and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please email info@hemisphereinc.com for details. The meeting and adjacent Exhibitor Pavilion will be covered by an invited core of journalists but additional press inquiries are welcome.

For more information on Telepresence World events, see: www.telepresenceworld.com. To view Telepresence in Action, please visit www.telepresenceworld.tv . To find out more about telepresence, read the latest news, and participate in the global dialogue surrounding this fantastic technology, please join us at www.telepresenceworld.net.

About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.

Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia, India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of events relating to high-technology advancements. (www.HemisphereInc.com).

EVENT CONTACT: Mark Barounos
President
Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
BY EMAIL: barounos@hemisphereinc.com
BY PHONE: + 1 (970) 879-8140
BY FAX: + 1 (781) 394-7982

New Venue and Dates Announced for Telepresence World 2008 London

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard join as Diamond Sponsors with many more to follow

Steamboat Springs, CO (November 26, 2007) Telepresence World Conference Organizer Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc, has announced plans for the next Telepresence World Conference event that will showcase the latest high-tech alternatives to traveling for face-to-face meetings. Telepresence World 2008 London (http://www.telepresenceworld.com) will take place March 18 -19, 2008, at the internationally acclaimed ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre in the UK’s capital city.

“You have to experience it to believe it is often heard when describing telepresence. Telepresence meetings make remote participants life-size, with fluid motion, accurate flesh-tones, eye-to-eye contact, and flawless audio. The experience feels remarkably natural and comfortable for almost any size meeting from two people to large classrooms.

According to Mark Barounos, President of Hemisphere Expo Services, the use of telepresence technology for business applications “has increased dramatically� since the inaugural Telepresence World Conference was held in San Diego, CA, in June of 2007.
“Telepresence vendors such as Cisco and Teliris are reporting mounting numbers of customers world-wide. John Chambers recently said that installations of Cisco’s virtual meeting solution grew by over 400% in the last business quarter alone. This overwhelming acceptance of telepresence as a practical option to in-person conferencing has definitely pushed the technology from emerging to mainstream.

Due to the increasing recognition that telepresence can enable collaboration while reducing the carbon footprint and costs associated with corporate travel, Barounos expects turnout for the London event to be in excess of over 700 delegates. To allow greater participation in UK, the venue for Telepresence World 2008 London was recently moved to the spectacular ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre located near the London City Airport and Canary Wharf. The stunning waterfront setting includes a variety of hotels, restaurants, and pubs and is adjacent to the Royal Victoria Dock, which was originally established by Prince Albert in 1855. Since opening in 2000, ExCeL London has hosted more than 1,700 events. Notes Barounos, “the expanded facilities and centralized location of the ExCel will greatly enhance the conference experience for attendees, speakers, and exhibitors alike, and it will allow us to present some very exciting sessions involving high-profile participants.

Telepresence World 2008 London will encompass two days of plenary sessions, panel discussions, case studies, roundtables, exhibits, and telepresence demonstrations focusing on real-world applications of telepresence. Frost & Sullivan, a world renowned corporate analyst firm, has partnered with Telepresence World to provide market leadership, perspective, and insight. The Organizers are also collaborating with the UK-based Carbon Neutral Company (TCNC) to make the conference a carbon-neutral event–carbon emissions created locally by the meeting will be measured and offset, resulting in a net zero carbon footprint. Delegates traveling to the conference by air will be encouraged to offset the carbon emissions generated from their journey via participation in a variety of international carbon mitigation programs.

Global Telecom leaders Teliris–recent winner of the Frost & Sullivan 2007 Market Leadership Award in the Telepresence Industry; Cisco—the premiere provider of cutting edge technologies designed to transform how people connect, communicate, and collaborate; and Hewlett-Packardwho recently teamed up with TANDBERG to provide a solution that links their Halo Collaboration Studio to other standards-based videoconferencing systems have signed on as Diamond Sponsors for the conference. As such, they will play integral roles in supporting the event and shaping the future role of telepresence in business, academic, and research endeavors.

Network sponsorship for Telepresence World 2008 London will be provided by Masergy Communications. Organizational supporters include the Interactive Media & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) and the International Society of Presence Research (ISPR). Audio Visual Magazine, AV News, Business Trends Quarterly, Connect World, Education Business, European CEO, Future Healthcare, Future Pharmaceuticals, Government Technology, Health Business, New Media Age, and Total Telecom are among a growing listing of media sponsors who have signed on to promote the event.

Additional major sponsor announcements will be released in the next few weeks; however partner and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please email info@hemisphereinc.com for details. For more information on Telepresence World events, see: http://www.telepresenceworld.com. To view “Telepresence in Action,� please visit http://www.telepresenceworld.tv . To find out more about telepresence, read the latest news, and participate in the global dialogue surrounding this fantastic technology, please join us at http://www.telepresenceworld.net.

About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia, India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of events relating to high-technology advancements. (http://www.HemisphereInc.com).

CONTACT: Mark Barounos
President
Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
BY EMAIL: barounos@hemisphereinc.com
BY PHONE: + 1 (970) 879-8140
BY FAX: + 1 (781) 394-7982