Corporate Counsel Business Journal published Seven Steps to Build a Highly Collaborative Team by Helen Geib, General Counsel at QDiscovery. The article provides seven tips for promoting higher functioning, collaborative teams that are more efficient and effective, and produce higher quality results.
Excerpt from Seven Steps to Build a Highly Collaborative Team on Corporate Counsel Business Journal
Collaboration is an integral part of legal work. Good teamwork is especially important in litigation and complex transactions. Yet, traditionally it’s received little attention. Better collaboration can be a key differentiator and a major boost to your business.
Better Collaboration Leads to Better Results
Good collaboration has many benefits. Most important is the end result. Simply put, people who work well together do better work. Highly functioning teams are also more efficient, which keeps costs down and frees up team members’ time for other tasks. Improved employee morale is a long-term benefit of collaboration. Job satisfaction reduces turnover and its associated costs. Experienced legal professionals with institutional and project knowledge are an invaluable resource.
You collaborate with your outside counsel. All lawyers collaborate with other lawyers and support staff. Team size grows quickly with matter complexity, importance and urgency. Specialization, both legal and technical, is a significant trend requiring increased collaboration. Service providers contribute essential technology expertise to eDiscovery projects.
The question isn’t if we collaborate, but how well we collaborate. Follow these seven steps to collaboration success.