Coltrane and Pollock photosI 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.

Play where no one else is playing poster

 

Let it rock!


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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.

LinkedIn book cover imageThat’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 been a time when it is more important to level up your LinkedIn game than right now. And we wanted to find a new way to help lawyers and other legal professionals do just that.

We are excited to announce that our new online course called “LinkedIn Essentials” is now available.

We designed this course to transform your use of LinkedIn in tangible, positive ways. You will learn how to develop and implement your own strategy, how to power up your Profile, how to add Connections that make sense for you, how to participate in LinkedIn to help others and get your message across, and to create your own action plan, with metrics, for the next three months.

The course consists of 3+ hours of video lessons, hands-on, practical worksheets to help you implement the learnings of each lesson, tips and a chapter from our book, and a final lesson with some of the questions we get asked most frequently about LinkedIn. There is a ton of useful information in this course that you can implement to measurably improve your professional networking in actionable ways.

You will level up your LinkedIn game.

You will level up your LinkedIn game. Your LinkedIn presence will be transformed.

This course is based on our book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals (available on Amazon) and our long experience using LinkedIn and teaching LinkedIn strategies and skills to legal professionals.

Until the end of 2020, the course is available for the special price of US$349.99, which includes a free membership in the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community on Mighty Networks and free membership in the LinkedIn Essentials course group.

Use this link to purchase the course and the bundled free membership in the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community. You will join through the Mighty Networks platform and setting up an account with them.

Level up your LinkedIn game today.

ALSO check out my Productive Personal Quarterly Offsites for Busy Legal Professionals course and the exciting new Exponential.Legal Essentials course for innovative legal professionals who want to create products.

Make good use of the rest of 2020!


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Logo for The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcastTom 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 a personal knowledge management project that Tom and I are working on together, but our paths will diverge at some points because our approaches are different. We are using the podcast to think aloud and share our approaches and questions (mainly questions) with others on this project.

There’s already been a lot of discovery. Tom talks in this episode about his categorization of people into “filers” and “pilers.” Tom is a filer and I am a piler. The toolbox and processes we develop will be different.

We walk through some of our challenges and what a Second Brain tool (or, realistically, a set of tools) needs to accomplish at the “organization” stage of our process, a number of approaches, and some tools we are considering.

Somewhat somewhat surprisingly, we have gravitated to the same primary tool to start with. I don’t want to reveal that before you listen to to the episode, but you might have a notion about what it might be.

Here are the earlier episodes in our Second Brain series so you can play along at home.

As always, we welcome your feedback, comments and questions.

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Monk meditatingWith 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 Offsite at the end of January. Then, I wondered why I was limiting my Personal Quarterly Offsites to the end of each quarter.

Could I do more than four in a year and did they really have to happen at the end of the quarter?

Two answers. 1. Because I cooked up this exercise for myself, I could literally define it however I want. 2. I am the boss of me.

The result: a Mini Personal Quarterly Offsite now scheduled for Friday morning this week. Not a big deal, but a little refresh and course adjustment for the end of the year.

On the agenda:

1. Taking a fresh look at what I’ve learned from the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community on Mighty Networks so far and seeing what I can improve.

2. Ways to finish the year strong, including, given how 2020 has been, should I see how much time in December I can take off?

3. Spending some time on Value Propostion Canvases and Business Model Canvases for some of my ongoing projects.

If this idea appeals to you, I recommend that you check out my “Productive Personal Quarterly Offsites for Busy Legal Professionals” online course. ($99.99, or $39.99 for Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Community Premium members).

Doing a run-through of the course now and doing a mini-offsite this week will give you some quick focus and a bit of experience before you have your end-of-the-year Personal Quarterly Offsite.

Or you can skip productivity for a few days and make good unproductive use of your found time this week. I expect to do a lot of the latter, but wanted to stir in just bit of the former.

Course details here.


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Logo for The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcastTom 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 virtual technology and what we might be able to do with it, in law, education and elsewhere.

Give the episode a listen and let us know what you think.

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Logo for The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcastMicrosoft 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 with all things Teams from the customer perspective, it turns out that she spent some of her early years in tech in the legal world.

You will get many great insights, tips and resources for learning about Teams in this episode. Karuana also got us talking about a potential new career field for lawyers interested in tech in a world where courts will be looking move even more of their activity online. Don’t miss that.

Although we encourage you to subscribe to The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast in your favorite podcast app, remember that new episodes of the show release every other Friday on Legal Talk Network.

Let us know what you think of this show.

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LinkedIn book cover imageJust 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.

 


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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 term. I’ve also been called an “idea whisperer.”

Think of this as practical talk therapy for an idea (or start of an idea) you are struggling with. I’ll walk you through a set of questions, work with you on the Value Proposition Canvas (where many problems surface), and we’ll dig into an in-depth analysis. Typically, when I use this approach with people, I save them thousands of dollars spent in chasing the wrong things and going in the wrong directions. More important to me, however, is that people end up with clarity and purpose. $10,000.

Innovation Wellness. We’ve all been hammered by the enents of 2020 and aree suffering in our own ways. So have innovation programs. Just like we all could use some attention and help with wellness, so can our innovation programs.

In this product, I offer an annual physical, checkup and tune-up for your innovation program. We’ll evaluate it, analyze its health and wellness, and make recommendations for a wellness plan tailored to your needs. You will have a roadmap, a plan and accountability. $10,000.

There’s no time like the present. We don’t know what the rest of 2020 holds, but it’s prudent to assume that 2021 will be a heck of a ride, and not one you will want to take alone.

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Learn more about Legal Innovation as a Service offerings and how to purchase here.

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Logo for The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcastLong-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 Dennis hired his new blender” episode and might surprise you about how much that exercise will tell you about how clients buy legal and other professional services.

Here’s the list of recent interview shows:

Great shows! And big thank yous to Heidi, Kelly, Gina and Bob! Let us know what you think about the interview episodes.


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Page snapshot of listI 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 Commons CC BY license.  The catch, you ask? You’ll need to join at least the free Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory Network group to see and download it. That will introduce you to my new Mighty Networks platform and see what is available in the KIPL Premium group.   I plan to share future updates, revisions, et al.  to this list only in the KIPL Premium group.

I welcome your discussion of this list. It should give you a lot to think about.

 


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