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Lawyers can use mental models to simplify complex tasks, make better decisions, and see opportunities that others might miss.
What are mental models?
According to this helpful article on the Farnam Street website..
“Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities
Continue Reading Mental Models for lawyers

Getting to the root cause of problems is vital for knowledge workers (e.g. lawyers).
Unfortunately, often our minds skim the surface more easily than to delve into deeper levels.
The Five Whys is a tool for thinking more deeply (a useful mental model as billionaire-lawyer Charlie Munger would observe)
Most lawyers have not heard of this concept but it’s covered
Continue Reading The ‘5 Whys’ is a Powerful Problem Solving Tool

Scheduling automation is an incredibly important tool which, sadly, is not used as much as it should be by lawyers in solo or small firm practices.
(And when I refer to “scheduling automation” I’m talking about using tools like or ). Anyway…
Here’s my question…
Do you currently use a scheduling automation tool, and if so, ? I ask,
Continue Reading Scheduling Automation: a Quick Question

When you create systems for your law practice you’re essentially replicating yourself.
When you refine those systems over time you’ll replicate the best version of yourself.
In other words, you will improve too by doing this. And that’s the biggest benefit of creating and documenting systems.
Sure, at first it’s awkward to examine your procedures because you’re confronting your imperfections.
Continue Reading Replicating your best self

Creating a profitable, smooth-running law practice is not something that happens overnight.
It’s a “long game,” as they say.
And every significant aspect of a well-run practice takes a long time to create and develop.
Trivia v. Traction
Most small business owners get bogged down with minutiae. Then, out of desperation or frustration, they try to make things happen faster
Continue Reading Play the long game

Alvin Toffler predicted the challenges of a world driven by digital technology.
He predicted we’d feel disoriented by the rapid change. And feel overwhelmed by information overload. So, how can we overcome these challenges?
First, let’s understand the difference, and the interplay, between information and knowledge. Then let’s get clear about what we want to optimize for, and why we
Continue Reading Creativity vs. Conformity

Some things are now pretty obvious. Such as…
The modern world is now dominated by technology —i.e. computers, smartphones, software, and apps.
All of which are connected to the Internet, almost all the time.
The way lawyers do their work has been shifting, and some of the change has been bewildering and unsettling.
Less Obvious
In the midst of massive
Continue Reading Three Key Insights for Working Smarter

Let’s talk about “digital knowledge work” and the new problems it‘s foist upon us lawyers.
First, some quick background…
Knowledge Work 101
I’ve , lawyers should think of themselves as “” (a term first coined by the well-known management guru in the late 1950s).
When Drucker came up with the term, it mostly referred
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There’s more money to be made solving complex problems, especially common ones that lots of people find really annoying.
Lawyers solve complex problems all the time. But it’s not enough anymore just to know how to solve complex problems.
You need to optimize your problem-solving for the Digital Age.
Opportunity Knocks…
I’ve about how a non-lawyer named Ted
Continue Reading Lucrative Problem Solving