To build the trust that other teams place in us, we became advocates of revenue recognition and that became part of the DNA of the company. This helped to create a connection between the legal department, sales teams and business teams. That created an understanding from our internal clients that we are their partners. They know we have their backs.
Over the next ten years, the way that we deal with other teams will have to evolve and be more technology driven. This is a journey that we have already embarked upon and the results of that will change the way we act for HP around the globe.
What will determine the future is how our company changes and how our legal team progresses. We are now much more of a services company and are dealing with completely different documentation on a day-to-day basis. The evolution of the HP legal team is led by the evolution of the company, and we must continue to evolve with it.
We want to be perceived as more than lawyers by our colleagues. We are people who can complement the business. Our General Managers come to our offices to discuss their concerns or challenges, not necessarily within the legal department’s remit, but related to company strategy.
We are very open with our team so that they know that whatever problem they are facing, we are here to help. Our teams know that we don’t just care about them in the work arena, but we care about them as people.