It’s a little after 4:00 a.m., I’m in a lounge at Bangkok’s airport, and my thoughts have turned to … contracts playbooks. You know—those scripts that tell a company’s contracts professionals how to respond to comments to the company’s draft contracts, or how to respond to the other side’s drafts.
In connection with a consulting project I’m working on, a client recently sent me their playbook for a particular template. I realized that over the years I’ve seen only a handful of playbooks, and I’ve never paid them much attention. Perhaps it’s time to change that.
In particular, it might be interesting to consider an assortment of playbooks, assess how they convey information and what features they offer, and perhaps put together a model. I invite you to send me sample playbooks. Whether or not they’re redacted, I’d keep them confidential.
And if you have any thoughts on use of playbooks generally, I’d be happy to hear them, and I’m sure plenty of my readers would too.