Incorporating Value into the Strategic Planning Process
Strategic planning can serve a law department well by illustrating the various types of work it does and manages for its internal clients, the internal and external resources available to it for that purpose and how it expects to deploy those resources so as to maximize the benefit for the company.
In order to develop a strategic plan that achieves that goal and does so in a manner consistent with those clients' views regarding the lawyers and the legal service, the in-house lawyers should endeavor to engage those clients in discussions about value as it relates to that legal service. How much legal service do they want or need and how do they believe that it can most readily assist them to achieve their business objectives? These and other questions related to value should animate those discussions and, ultimately, the plan.