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Overcoming the Barriers to Collaboration

While being interviewed for a podcast yesterday morning, the host asked me what I saw as the primary trend for the future of law firms. Although my answer is simple, the work behind it is not – collaboration. We’ve talked about Heidi Gardner’s book, Smart Collaboration, before (and I again highly recommend reading it). One … Continue Reading

Lawyers: What Makes You Worth Talking About?

Lawyers know better than most people that words matter – after all, who knows better than a contract lawyer that a nuanced clause can make or break a deal? But who knows better than your marketing team that “marketing” is a four-letter word? It shouldn’t be – and I’ll explain why in a moment. But … Continue Reading

Great Leaders Think Outside the Box

Lawyers, don’t panic – this isn’t as scary as it sounds. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on leadership that encouraged some out-of-the-box thinking – the session integrated improv techniques into various business applications. I hate anything that feels like an icebreaker (I prefer routine and structure), so I … Continue Reading

Developing a learning culture in your organisation

While I’m out of the office this week, I’m really pleased to be bringing you a special guest post from one of the ILN’s member professionals. Alice Steen, Knowledge Manager at Holmes O’Malley Sexton, discusses best practices for developing a learning culture in your organization. *** Alice Steen, Knowledge Manager, at Holmes O’Malley Sexton reflects … Continue Reading

Key Factors for Achieving Change in the Legal Industry

Following on our last post about Steve Harmon’s trends to watch in legal, I wanted to share some of his other key takeaways from his session at the CLOC Institute in London. Each of these takeaways, while directed at the legal operations audience, is relevant throughout the legal industry and are key driving factors for … Continue Reading

Five Legal Industry Trends to Watch

We’re a few weeks out now from the CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) Institute in London, and I’m finally jumping into some recaps. There was some truly excellent content during the conference, and not just for legal operations folks, but with transferable lessons for everyone in the legal industry. Over the next few weeks, I’ll … Continue Reading

If You Build it (a Good Practice), Will They Come?

A few years ago, I wrote a post centered around the idea of needing a strong audience in order to make the content that you’re writing valuable. While content development is a piece of the overall puzzle, this idea is easily expanded, especially in today’s market. Something that I’ve heard a LOT from lawyers is … Continue Reading

4 Tasks to Improve Your Business Communication Skills

Successful communication comes in many forms, and we may be already convinced either by virtue of our training or personality that we’re naturally good communicators. Whether you’re confident in your communications skills, or looking for a refresher, there are four tasks you can undertake today to improve your business communication skills. Audit Your Communication How … Continue Reading

Breaking Down the Barriers to Change

This post was originally published in Legal Business World on November 5, 2018 It’s no secret that the legal market is a challenging place to be today. Mergers, non-law firm players, clients continuing to take work in-house, increasing investment in technology, changing demands from different generations…the list goes on. With a staggering number of reasons … Continue Reading

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

3 Tips to Raise the Level of Your Business Writing

We’re continuing our series on soft skills that lawyers require in order to achieve success. We’ve looked at some suggestions for improving networking and presentation skills, and the next item in our series is raising the level of our business writing. You may feel that this is something that you’re already pretty adept at, since … Continue Reading

4 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

We’ve been talking about the soft skills that young lawyers need to hone in order to become successful, and how these translate for more experienced lawyers. Another skill I reviewed for the ABA student law blog was that of presentations (and I think we can agree this is something that many of us can work … Continue Reading

Restart Your Business Development Efforts

We’re already almost mid-way through September (can you believe it?) and this time of year can feel like a new beginning! Though January is typically the time for resolutions, September can also feel like a refresh as kids go back to school, and we jump back into the grind after our own summer holidays and … Continue Reading
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