In the most recent issue of Edge International Communique, I explored the issue of change in the legal profession, advising readers to take control of where their practices are going in a world where technology is altering not only how legal matters are carried out, but where and how they are accessed.
My article begins:
Today, speakers, writers and consultants in our field are besieged with questions about the impact of change on every aspect of the legal profession. Law societies, bar associations, corporate legal departments, private practice law firms and sole practitioners alike all want some expert to illuminate for them the mysterious path into the future.
My advice to you is avoid prognosticators: they will probably prove to be wrong. Also avoid listening to those with expertise in explaining the reasons for change after the fact. Instead, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands. There are steps you can take on your own that will be of enormous help to you when it comes to finding your way to the future.
You can read the rest of the article here – including my suggestions on how you can not only anticipate change, but use it to your advantage.
In the same issue of EIC, John Plank talks about how to make your client seminars effective for all attendees — no matter what brought them to your session — and Mike White raises crucial issues about law-firm succession planning.
Each month EIC publishes items of interest to lawyers around the world on various aspects of law-firm strategy, marketing, technology, management, economics, human relations and a host of other topics. In addition to the most recent edition, the Edge International site includes a sign-up page for those who are interested in subscribing to EIC, as well as a list of archived articles.
I welcome your thoughts and feedback on both Edge International Communique and Amazing Firms, Amazing Practices, either in the comments section below, or directly via email.