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I’m excited about the upcoming event in the Exponential.Legal Live series with legal product makers via Zoom. It will be on Wednesday, June 23, at 3:30 EDT. The event features Richard Granat and LaDierdre McKinney, who will share their stories about productization of legal services in for-profit and non-profit sections, and their insights and perspectives. Attendees will also get the chance to the guests their questions. You can register and get the attendance information by going to the Exponential.Legal website and submitting your email address. What could be easier? While on the website, take the opportunity to check…
I decided last weekend that it was time to kill off some of my innovation ideas and projects, both personal and professional. And my timing might have been right because yesterday I watched a great Strategyzer webinar called “Why Killing Ideas is Key in Innovation,” featuring Alex Osterwalder, Tendayi Viki, and Uwe Kirscner. A replay is available here. From the webinar description: “Here’s how world class innovators, we call them Invincible Companies, find the winners. They invest small amounts of resources in a large number of teams to test and adapt their ideas. They then kill at least half…
Summer is here. Grades are turned in. Several projects have wrapped up. I’m looking forward to a much slower pace for the summer. I’ve decided to focus on one thing this summer – my Legal Innovation as a Service offerings. Legal Innovation as a Service(TM) (“LIaaS”) is a fresh approach to provide innovation leaders in legal organizations with Just-in-time, Just-enough(TM) guidance at key inflection points in the innovation process. LIaaS consists of pre-scoped, limited, flat fee service offerings to help you get desired feedback or help, move your effort forward, and let you get back to doing what you…
What did we learn and what should we take forward from our legal education experience in COVID times? Alyson Carrel (Northwestern), Cat Moon (Vanderbilt), and I (Michigan State) are co-hosting a virtual workshop on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:00 CDT on this topic. Think of it as an “after action report” on legal education from March 2020 until now. What did we learn? What don’t we want to leave behind or forget? How should we take the best lessons forward in practical ways? “I want it to be a workshop where people come to work.” When Cat…
Please join the Exponential Legal team on Wednesday, May 26, at 3:30 Eastern, for a free and open discussion about #productization of legal services. Our guest will be Greg Siskind and he will be sharing his insights into productization efforts and learnings in the area of immigration law. Greg has been working on some cool projects and it’s a great opportunity to learn about them, how Greg got started in productization, and the lessons he’s learned. It’s also a great way to learn about our “The Essentials” course (and summer is the perfect time to take it – convince your…
The 2021 Global Law Lab Showcase and Meetup is must see Zoom TV at 8:00 EDT tonight. You’ll get the chance to learn more about 11 cool law labs pioneering new approaches to educating the 21st century legal professional, including the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation, where I am the Interim Director. From the invitation page: A collection of law labs from across the globe have decided to gather for a virtual breakfast/cocktail reception/meetup. Unfortunately, attendees will have to bring their own food and beverages as the meetup will take place on Zoom. We will…
Seemed like a good time to catch up those of you who aren’t already regular subscribers or listeners to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on what shows we’ve released in 2021 so far. We are nearing the 300th episode, which should occur right at the end of the year by my calculations. We recently passed the 15th anniversary of the podcast. I’m a little biased, but we’ve had some great shows so far this year. Cheers to a New Year! — Dennis & Tom’s 2021 Resolutions Second Brain Project: Organization, Part 2 Niche Social Media Platforms — Trend of the Future?
Please join the Michigan State University Center for Law, Technology & Innovation on March 26, 2021 (Friday) at 1:00 Eastern for a free Zoom presentation on current uses and possible future uses of Virtual Reality in the practice of law. Might some of your future work be done while wearing VR goggles? You’ll see examples of what is happening right now and discussion of the potential benefits and challenges of using VR in the practice of law. VR gives us a great example of a technology on the near horizon and how the legal profession can anticipate and prepare for…
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…