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I L T A W H I T E P A P E R | I N F O R M A T I O N G O V E R N E N C E 39 W e live in a political world. Bombarded by media, whether mainstream, social or otherwise, it is difficult to escape politics. People appear to be diametrically divided along party and philosophical lines. In national politics, local politics, even office politics, people line up on different sides and seem only to see the value of their position. Politics is an outward expression of our inner values. Our political culture usually represents how we believe we can best succeed. When others advocate for an alternative, it can be difficult to see the merits in their approach. Our organizations are led by people with political perspectives. Different organizations may also differ in which management culture will position them best for success. Changes in leadership might, in fact, be due to a change in culture. Governance, while not political in and of itself, is the art of finding effective ways to lead and navigate the different political factions of an organization. Effective governance most often will require leadership to assess the needs and desires of stakeholders. Once the assessment is complete, these leaders will identify the best path to achieve the desired results. Law firms are usually perceived as being conservative. While many are, other firms are more progressive or somewhere between the two poles. How do you identify the dominant culture in your firm? Does your firm encourage innovation and free market success to find creative solutions? B Y L E I G H I S A A C S A N D D O U G S M I T H Politics of Information Governance

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