Tag - Change Management

Tech Implementations

Setting the Conditions for Success in Law Firm Tech Implementations

I’d estimate the average person uses just 15% or so of the capability available in a conventional word processor, spreadsheet or presentation software. This means upwards of 85% of the available functionality in desktop tools found in the typical productivity suite goes unused, oftentimes needlessly complicating tasks and confusing users.
This happens in legal technology sectors as well.  In product management, we refer to this as feature bloat. We lose sight of the business objective and the problem the software […]

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Aderant Think Tank

Does Your Firm Have to Change?

While law firms face nearly-constant pressure to adapt to the legal industry’s new realities, it’s ironic that this state of affairs has not sent firms into a frenzy of change and disruption. In fact, the pace of change has been slower than would be expected considering the multiple forces in play.

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Aderant Think Tank

Can You Be a Change Agent at Your Firm?

Most lawyers, and the firms who employ them, tend to be resistant to change. By nature and training, lawyers think logically. Therefore, any attempt to alter the status quo at a firm is likely to be met with skepticism and challenging questions.

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Aderant Think Tank

Is There a Place in Legal for Social Media?

Few would argue that social media is rapidly changing every aspect of our daily lives. Mobile technology has transformed the way we communicate, work, and ultimately make new connections. For most law firms, however, this transformation to an online-centered world pushes up against the tried-and-true methods of word-of-mouth referrals, client meetings, and paper-based practices.
I will admit that, until recently, I was skeptical about social media in the legal industry. Sure, social media works for technology-oriented industries, or for sales […]

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For Firms Across the Globe, Being Nimble is Key

For law firms trying to cope with the rapidly changing legal landscape, prescriptions from the experts seem to focus on one primary goal: be more “nimble”. From my perspective, a firm will be nimble if they have a mobile workforce and a deep understanding of pricing and profitability. The firm can therefore change as the future of law unfolds and won’t waste time and effort trying to guess what the future holds.
It was 2011 when the Managing Partners Forum […]

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Aderant Think Tank

Aderant Think Tank: Can Non-Lawyers Solve the Legal Industry’s Growth Problem?

A few years back, I was able to sit in on sales pitches from a couple of key law firms. Both firms came to the table with a partner leading the presentation and at least one other lawyer who would assist on the account. They proceeded with basic slideshows and brochures that included pictures of their office building.
Being brutally honest, their pitches were dreadful and neither firm nailed the opportunity. They struggled to explain the value they would bring […]

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Does it Matter if Law Firm Associates are Happy?

As CEO of Aderant I regularly visit with our clients. My impression over the years is that practicing law is a very tough business.  Young associates are expected to hit the ground running, partners are expected to bring in clients and everyone is expected to bill.  While mentor relationships often do exist between the partners and the associates, it seems more of a tough-love model than a nurturing one. So what has this old-fashioned management style accomplished?
Forbes reported last year […]

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