Peer to Peer Magazine

June 2012

The quarterly publication of the International Legal Technology Association

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OF LEGAL IT LEADERSHIP 74 Peer to Peer by Skip Lohmeyer of Hunter Maclean Memorialized in the movie "Apollo 13" and at the ILTA 2007 keynote address, Captain Jim Lovell, the Apollo 13 mission leader, said "Failure is not an option." Survival possibilities were very low during the Apollo 13 mission. As the leader, Captain Lovell remained highly focused and diligent in navigating through problems, often rallying the team to think outside the box to solve unforeseen challenges. The Apollo 13 astronauts in space worked in conjunction with the ground crew as a "no failure" unit to make sure the astronauts made it home alive. While law firm IT leaders do not face the possibility of lives lost, they certainly have challenging jobs that require "no failure" attitudes. One challenge that makes the job especially difficult is that the role is ever-changing with remarkably different expectations handed down from law firm executive management and growing expectations from clients, making "no failure" a fast-moving target.

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