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One of the most valuable exercises I do routinely is the Personal Quarterly Offsite. It’s a straightforward concept with powerful results. I find it so helpful that I created an online course to share my approach and best practices. It’s called Productive Personal Quarterly Offsite for Busy Legal Professionals. March is a fantastic time for a Personal Quarterly Offsite, especially to focus on progress on annual goals and make necessary revisions and changes. Goals, strategies, and planning can no longer be “set and forget” in COVID times. From now until March 1, the course has a special sale…
On February 15, 2003, a comet flashed through the blogging universe: And so it begins . . . I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech predictions article. As I was working on updating my website (https://www.denniskennedy.com), I finally decided that I had to have my own blog. Thanks to people like Jerry Lawson, Sabrina Pacifici, and the Support Forum at MovableType.org, it’s finally here The pop culture mavens among you…
For many years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for. Last year, I read 67 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 67 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. I thought that I might do more reading than…
A work in progress Part of my #blogfirst approach and an introduction to what I’m now doing at Exponential.Legal (launch date February 1, 2021). Whitney Johnson has said that our “superpowers” are the things we often get complimented for and routine deflected the compliments because “everyone can do that.” People who are known for generating lots of ideas or being innovators often fall into that pattern. They downplay their superpowers. I reflected on my own innovation history and the story I have made out of that history when I was writing my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law. Note…
I held my December personal quarterly offsite yesterday. It was enormously productive and you’ll hear more about it later. I love this approach to planning, especially in our current tumultuous times. The big takeaway for me is summed up by the following quote on my office bulletin board from Whitney Johnson. Some of you will recognize it from her approach of focusing on market risk rather than competitive risk. However, it also captures something of the John Coltrane and Jackson Pollock pictures above and the guitar photo at the bottom of this post.   Let it rock! [Originally posted on…
Your professional network has never been more important than it is today. When Allison Shields Johs and I speak about LinkedIn, we are always struck by the number of lawyers and legal professionals who tell us that they know that they are only using a very small fraction of the power of LinkedIn and they know they need to get much better at LinkedIn. That’s part of the reason we wrote our book: Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals. As we near the end of 2020, we realized that there has never…
Tom Mighell and I updated on progress on our Second Brain Project in the latest episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the top tools under consideration for effective and efficient data organization in their Second Brain project. Tom and I decided to work in public on what we are calling our “Second Brain Project.” It’s similar in a few ways to other “Second Brain” approaches you can find, but there are a lot of differences because our “job to be done” is quite different. In simplest terms, it’s…
With CDC and other guidance recommending that we shut down family holiday gatherings, I started to think about alternatives for this week. Don’t get me wrong, there’s much to be said for reading, napping, bingewatching TV, puttering, eating Grand Traverse cherry pie, and the like. However, there’s a part of me (and probably of you) that thinks it would be good to use some of this “found time” productively. I turned my attention to my practice of Personal Quarterly Offsites. At first, I considered the idea of doing some prep work for my end of the end Personal Quarterly…
Tom Mighell and I each recently purchased the new Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset. The result: our latest podcast episode: “All-In on Virtual Reality: VR Tech & Its Many Potential Applications in the Legal Field.” “All in” might be an understatement. We believe this was our longest episode in the 14+ year history of the podcat. Here’s the description: Dennis and Tom discuss the exciting ways VR technology has been used in legal matters and its potential to become an essential tool in the practice of law. We are indeed excited about this new generation of…
Microsoft Teams has moved up to the top of the priority list for many legal organizations. That made now the perfect time for Tom Mighell and I to take a closer look at Teams with a true expert in the latest edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. With the help of our friend, Ben Schorr, we were able to get the amazing Karuana Gatimu, Principal PM Manager of the Customer Advocacy Group for Microsoft Teams, to guest on the show and answer all of our Teams questions. Not only does Karuana have “hands-on” experience…
Just in time to help you level up your LinkedIn game for 2020, here are 47 tips from Allison Shields Johs and me. There are plenty of practial tips for each essential building block of your LinkedIn efforts – Profile, Connections and Participation. Both networking and your network have never been more important than they are today. Level up you game before the end of the year with these great tips. Want even more? Allison and I’s book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals, is available on Amazon.  …
Just in time for the end of the year, I’ve added two new Legal Innovation as a Service products to the catalog. Download PDF Brochure Idea Therapy. I’ve turned on of the things I’m known best for into an LIaaS product.  My friend Mike Cappucci watched me take someone’s start of an idea and ask them questions and help them shape the idea into something that worked, got them past the difficulties they were having, and got them excited about moving the idea forward in practical and concrete ways. He said, “You are like an idea therapist.” I like the…
Long-time listeners of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and other friends of the show know that Tom has been after me to start having regular interview guests on the show for quite a while. The good news: we’ve started. The great news: Wow, they’ve been excellent! I highly recommend that you check out the ones we’ve released and watch for the upcoming ones. The most recent was with Bob Moesta, author of the new book, Demand-side Sales 101, and one of the originators of Jobs to be Done theory. It will go down in our podcast history as the “why…
I recently wanted to brainstorm some ideas for new tech/innovation courses in law schools (primarily, but not just, for Michigan State University College of Law). It got a little out of hand. In addition to my own list, the list of past MSU courses, and course ideas I gathered from the Syllabi Commons, I reached out to people on LinkedIn and Twitter. The list now tallies 191 ideas. That’s not a few courses. That’s not just a potential curriculum. It’s like the basis for founding a whole law school. I’ve released the very first iteration as PDF under the Creative…
I was doing some research on lawyering for ecosystems and platforms and found the video of a presentation called “Agile Lawyering inthe Platform Era” I did several years ago. It’s on The Law Lab Channel (along with many other great videos) – definitely worth a visit. This presentation was a first pass at a topic I’ve thought a lot about and it contains many key ideas I’ve developed since, especially in my book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations (available on Amazon). Would love to learn what you think…
In connection with the launch of the new Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community, I’m excited to announce a new online course that should appeal to most, if not all of the readers of this blog. It’s called “Productive Personal Quarterly Offsites for Busy Legal Professionals.” The price is $39.99 for members of the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Premium Group and $99.99 for member of the limited-feature free KIPL network. To get more details and purchase the course, go here. I’m often asked how I find the time to do everything that I do and get…