July 21st, 2011 → 10:28 am @ Ari Kaplan
In this great piece – Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré Repurposes European Techniques For His Native Country – by Fast Company‘s Linda Tischler about a school in Gando, Burkina Faso, reinvention in the architecture industry is striking. It describes Diébédo Francis Kéré‘s amazing design of a school using a new type of brick made of clay, fortified with 10% cement, and compressed by hand tools into building blocks, as well as a unique double roof of clay and iron that produces a breeze simulating air-conditioning. Kéré even drew plans in the sand to help those erecting the structure.
An amazing individual, the article quotes Kéré:
You have to have a dream, start small and believe.
July 18th, 2011 → 8:16 am @ Ari Kaplan
In my new book, Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011), I profiled, among many other ideas, Zipnosis, a web-based services that allows you to interact with a live doctor and receive a diagnosis (and associated prescription) in about 10 minutes for $25. And, for $9.95/month, LawyerUp will provide you with “a top-notch, pre-screened lawyer working for you within 15 minutes.” LawyerUp (discussed more fully in – NYT: Delivering a Lawyer Within 15 Minutes (Soda Extra)) and Zipnosis represent a new breed of companies reinventing once closely protected professional practices.
July 15th, 2011 → 7:56 am @ Ari Kaplan
This is a great piece – A New Billionaire’s 10 Rules for Success by Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal – about Bob Parsons, the founder of GoDaddy.com. The one rule that resonated with me was #4: “Always be moving forward.” As part of this rule, Parsons suggests that “[s]mall daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.” Throughout the BigHand tour, I often raised the issue of incremental innovation and I discuss many features of this theory in Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011). Professionals that focus on small changes to their marketing, operations and interaction often yield surprising results.
July 14th, 2011 → 7:36 am @ Ari Kaplan
Recently, productivity software maker, RocketMatter, introduced a free e-book called: The Law Firm of Tomorrow! – Part One: Marketing 2.0 and Legal Tech Savviness (click on the link to download), which provides –
In reinventing your practice, business or profile, what type of information can you provide in an e-book format to help your audience? RocketMatter will be hosting a free webinar – Reinventing your Law Practice in the Recovery (click on the link to register) – on July 28th from 12-1pm ET during which I will provide a few suggestions for sparking some of these ideas.
I had the opportunity to interview RocketMatter founder, Larry Port, a few years ago. Our discussion highlights many of the trends that have continued to develop and a number of techniques that have helped make the company successful in this environment. Listen below:
July 11th, 2011 → 5:12 pm @ Ari Kaplan
In an interesting example of reinvention, Chicago-based kCura, the maker of Relativity (and a book sponsor on the BigHand Reinvention Tour) announced that its Relativity software platform will gain its own applications marketplace, called Ecosystem, by the end of this summer, and that the new offerings will be developed by kCura, independent software vendors, and the user community.
Law Technology News reports in – kCura Plans E-Discovery App Market – that Digital Reef, Nuix, Pure Discovery, Wave Software, Equivio and Milyli have all provided firm commitments of their participation.
The initiative represents an effort at broadening a market through collaboration and is a great example of recreating a traditional model of technology development.
July 8th, 2011 → 7:30 am @ Ari Kaplan
The 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Continuing Legal Education is taking place from July 30th through August 2nd in Boston and in anticipation of this event, CLE superstars, Stuart Teicher (one of the experts profiled in Reinventing Professional Services) and Sean Carter, co-hosted and produced the inaugural ACLEA podcast, which is both informative and entertaining. Given that LexThink founder, Matt Homann, is the co-chair of the planning committee for the upcoming event, it is certain to be an innovative success.
Like most of the legal community, CLE is experiencing a reinvention and during the Minneapolis stop on my North American tour with voice productivity powerhouse, BigHand, I had the opportunity to speak with Peter Berge, the Web Education Director for Minnesota CLE, who generously gave me a tour of the organization’s state-of-the-art facilities.
June 29th, 2011 → 11:45 am @ Ari Kaplan
There is a great line in this article – Make Prince Harry Our King, Say Canadian Monarchists – from yesterday’s Telegraph highlighting that the Royal Family is “an institution that knows how to reinvent itself.” Perhaps that recurring reinvention is the result of incremental innovations that have created a legacy of adaptation.
Feel free to watch my discussion on this trend with Michael McKiernan of Canada’s Law Times:
June 28th, 2011 → 9:08 am @ Ari Kaplan
Omar Ha-Redeye generously interviewed me back in the summer of 2008 for Lawiscool.com following the release of my first book, The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (Thomson-West, 2008). We finally had the opportunity to meet in person during the Toronto stop on the BigHand reinvention tour for Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011) and this time I asked him a few questions given his prominent role in the Canadian legal community. He shares his refreshing optimism below in this excerpt from our discussion:
June 24th, 2011 → 1:24 pm @ Ari Kaplan
Interesting piece on Yahoo! Finance – Freedom More Important to Well-Being Than Money – about a recent study by Ronald Fischer and Diana Boer of Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called: What Is More Important for National Well-Being: Money or Autonomy? A Meta-Analysis of Well-Being, Burnout, and Anxiety Across 63 Societies.
They found that on a national level, individualism and autonomy are more important to well-being than money. As you are evaluating your personal reinvention, or the reinvention of your staff members and colleagues, consider how you can incorporate more autonomy.
Countries scoring high in autonomy had less stress, less burnout, less mental health problems and so on.
Ronald Fischer School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ
June 20th, 2011 → 8:21 pm @ Ari Kaplan
The National Law Journal recently reported that the Women in Law Empowerment Forum released its initial list of law firms that have successfully integrated women in top leadership positions and compensated them appropriately enough to qualify for its highest certification level. WILEF invited over 300 firms with 100 or more attorneys to apply for the honor, but only 32 met the criteria. Karen Sloan’s excellent article appears in: It’s certified: These Firms Empower Women.
I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Cynthia Pladziewicz, Esq., who blogs at Professional Development Perspectives, during the BigHand reinvention tour stop in Dallas recently. She generously shared her insights on the transformation of women’s initiatives.