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Three Truths About Innovating for Radical Success

“Innovation” is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot these days, right up there with “disruption.” It sounds like something that’s foreign in the legal industry, but it shouldn’t be. Believe it or not, we, too, can be innovative. If you’ve been following along here for a while, you may know that I have … Continue Reading

Addressing Barriers to Change in Your Firm: People

Change can be intimidating. Whether you find it exciting or not, even those of us who are the most adept at it can find it daunting and exhausting. In the legal industry, where change is historically slow, when it happens at all, it can be even more overwhelming. We’ve been talking an awful lot about … Continue Reading

How to be a Change Leader in Your Law Firm

We’ve been discussing the NEED for change a lot lately, and while many of us may understand the urgency, and have even begun undertaking some steps to effectuate change within our firms and organizations, others may be asking what it actually means to be a leader of change. Fortunately, there are some great resources out … Continue Reading

Law Firm Leaders: Time to Address Data Poverty

This is just a guess, but I suspect that most of us didn’t get into the legal industry because we love data, right? If we loved data, we’d be elsewhere. But…bad news. Data is one of those things that we have to start embracing as the industry changes in order to stay relevant. It sounds … Continue Reading

Law Firm Leaders: It’s Time to Act with Urgency

Altman Weil recently released their “Law Firms in Transition” survey, which is now in its tenth year. The survey, which includes responses from half of US law firms with 50 or more lawyers, was initially developed as a response to the 2008 recession, to help firms understand how other firms were reacting to the marketplace … Continue Reading

SmartLaw: The Future is NOW

We’ve had a lot of discussion over the past several years about what the future of legal services will look like, and what critical characteristics and ideas will be necessary for lawyers and law firms to embrace in order to operate within it successfully. Last week, we opened the conversation again with the release of … Continue Reading

If you knew how clients choose new lawyers would you engage differently with legal directories?

Legal directories have been both valuable, and a source of frustration, for lawyers and in-house counsel alike. Recently, a new directory appeared on the scene, threatening to disrupt what we’ve all been accepting for the last several decades – Top 3 Legal. In today’s guest post from founder Gareth Stephenson, learn more about the platform, … Continue Reading

Legal Transformation: The new playbook

Today, we’re bringing you a special guest post from the folks at Legal Gateway, who are looking at the changing legal industry. In-house lawyers: this one’s for you, but it’s equally essential for our outside counsel readers to dive into this one. This was originally published on Plexus. *** “As CEOs plan their strategies to take advantage … Continue Reading

CLOC is a Community, a Movement

“It’s a community, it’s a movement.” These were among the closing words from Mary O’Carroll, the Head of Legal Operations at Google and CLOC board member, as the first CLOC EMEA Institute wrapped up last week. And for those of us in attendance, you could certainly feel the energy. It was not unlike what we … Continue Reading

Back to the Future…Law Firm

Around this time last year, HighQ posed this question to a number of legal industry leaders: What do you believe lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future of legal services?” This resulted in an interesting and in-depth e-book that delved into a variety of answers, many of which overlapped and all … Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence: What Law Firms Need to Know

Artificial Intelligence: the number one topic for discussion among my lawyers when we ask them about future and current trends in the legal industry. Or as they like to refer to it, “technology.” While a few people are still talking about it like it’s something that’s going to happen or will affect us in the … Continue Reading

Practical Steps for Undertaking Change in Legal

Change can be intimidating. Whether you find it exciting or not, even those of us who are the most adept at it can find it daunting and exhausting. In the legal industry, where change is historically slow, when it happens at all, it can be even more overwhelming. We hear an awful lot about it, … Continue Reading

What’s Holding us Back from Real Change in Legal?

“Change or die.” How many times have you heard that over the last eight years? A friend of mine in the legal industry pointed that out to me recently, along with commenting that it always sounds so dire. And it does sound dire. But after the statistics that we covered in a recent post (1/3 of clients are openly … Continue Reading
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