September 16th, 2011 → 2:45 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In my continuing series about reinvention in the legal and other professions, I recently had the opportunity to interview David DePietto, the CEO of NexFirm, a company that helps lawyers create their ideal law firm by providing all of the supporting resources, strategic planning and administration necessary to achieve their goal as efficiently as possible. Watch our discussion below:
September 9th, 2011 → 7:04 am @ Ari Kaplan
Larry Port, the co-founder and CEO of Rocket Matter posted an interesting series of suggestions about generating ideas in a group, ranging from buying lunch to using mind maps. 6 Ways to Generate Ideas in a Group on the company’s Legal Productivity blog offers a variety of ideas for creating forward momentum in an organization. One of the most compelling is #6 — Regularly Schedule Start, Stop, Continue Meetings. Port explains that every two weeks, his team meets for 15-30 minutes and answers the following questions:
* What should we start doing that would help us?
* What’s not working that we should stop?
* What have we recently implemented that we should continue?
These three questions are just as applicable to individuals as organizations. They prompt reflection and action.
September 7th, 2011 → 7:34 am @ Ari Kaplan
The introduction of Reinventing Professional Services is called “The Rise of the White Collar Hustler and Your Path to Practical Innovation.” The term ‘hustler’ is meant to characterize an individual, who is proactive, creative and enthusiastic. I had the opportunity to discuss success traits of white-collar hustlers with Priya David Clemens and Paul Sloan on BNET. Feel free to watch our discussion below. You are also welcome to download a PDF of the first chapter of Reinventing Professional Services — “Finding Your Way in a More Informal, Instant World” by clicking on the link.
August 30th, 2011 → 7:56 am @ Ari Kaplan
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for his work in the field of international criminal justice and for his contribution to the creation of the International Criminal Court, M. Cherif Bassiouni, is the epitome of a global statesman. I had the privilege of interviewing him for an upcoming article and he made a number of inspiring comments during our conversation. The current chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law in Libya said, “we should encourage people to think they can make a difference.” Listen to an excerpt from our discussion below:
August 23rd, 2011 → 7:25 am @ Ari Kaplan
With the 2011 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference on everyone’s mind, I thought it would be interesting to speak with Chris La Cour, the founder and executive director of the most recent law-related tech conference, the Carmel Valley E-Discovery Retreat (called the CVEDR for 2012). La Cour describes the event as a conference for e-discovery professionals at all levels in various disciplines. We discussed his background, the genesis for the initiative, his team’s goals and the challenges of producing a conference in this environment, among other topics.
Our full video conversation is available here:
August 19th, 2011 → 10:10 am @ Ari Kaplan
During my recent appearance at the ACLEA conference, in part to sign books for attendees courtesy of Fastcase, I had the chance to interview Stuart Teicher, who is featured in Reinventing Professional Services and with whom I co-presented “Copywriting in a 140-Character World” at the Boston event.
Teicher notes that in order to achieve both professional success and personal satisfaction, one must pursue a principled practice guided by the rules of ethics in any particular discipline. Listen to how his advice can help you reinvent your business in the video below: