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POTPOURRI 7 WWW.ILTANET.ORG | ILTA WHITE PAPER Keeping Innovation Strategies On Track Across Global Cultural Lines by Michele Gossmeyer of Dentons and Julie Whitfield of Gadens In May, ILTA had the honor of providing speakers for the inaugural Legal Innovation & Tech Fest in Melbourne, Australia. Tech Fest resulted from over a year of collaborative effort between ILTA and The Eventful Group. One of the conference themes was "How To Create a Business Culture That Embraces Change and Innovation," which formed the basis of a session we co-presented. In preparation, we asked our network of industry leaders about their experiences, sending questions to colleagues in the U.S., Australia, Europe, the U.K., Asia Pacific, South America and Canada. The responses were insightful, educational and sprinkled with humor. Looking to extend the success and value of this session, we aempt to condense an hour's worth of content into a few pages here to share insights around the challenges and necessities involved in building innovation strategies across regions. Cultural Challenges In every firm, cultural norms and differences underpin how we engage with others at both a social and a professional level. In a global firm, such engagements can be quite rewarding but can also present potential hazards when implementing global innovation initiatives. Working across regions gives rise to challenges as basic as different languages and as subtle as understanding diverse cultural values and beliefs. Add in different time zones and regional legislative requirements, and you begin to see that the complexities of implementing global innovation go far beyond the technology components. Keeping Innovation Strategies On Track Across Global Cultural Lines

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