One of the core principles in innovation is you need to generate a lot of ideas. Quantity over quality. Give yourself a lot to choose from. You have to try many experiments. I discuss this topic, especially as it seems to work in the legal profession, in more detail in my new book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations

In many conversations and brainstorming events I’ve been part of over the years, I’ve been surprised by how difficult it is for lawyers to generate large numbers of ideas. Lawyers are reluctant to volunteer their ideas. “Ideas” are often observations or criticisms. Placing post-it notes on a wall freaks some lawyers out.

My friend Matt Homann likes to say that he has “idea surplus disorder.” Let’s just say that many people refer to me as an “idea person.” I will admit that I do feel that if there’s a blank space on the idea wall, I should fill it.

In the majority of conversation I’ve been having lately with people with new legal business ideas, I’ve noticed how they have a single idea, haven’t generated other ideas, or have moved too quickly from quantity to quality. It still surprises me a bit when I hear people over the phone writing down ideas I suggest to them.

When I conceived of Legal Innovation as a Service, this phenomenon was one of the things I had in mind.

One category of the Legal Innovation as a Service offering is called “Idea Assistance.”

I describe it as:

1. Idea Assistance

  • Ten Idea Sampler Pack – Send me your problem description and I send you ten of my best ideas
  • Pump-priming – Conferring with you in advance of your brainstorming idea session to help generate topics, subject matter ideas, and pre-event strategies
  • Participation in brainstorming or idea session with your team (Conference call)

Now that I’ve finished writing my innovation book, Allison Shields and I’s new LinkedIn book is with the book designer, and I’m well into teaching my Entrepreneurial Lawyering class at Michigan State, I realize that I have a lot of ideas, perhaps even a “surplus,” and more time to share them.

Is that the kind of help you might need with your current innovation effort?

These are pre-scoped, flat-fee offerings that come with my Customer Satisfaction Guarantee. If the value you believe you receive does not match or exceed the price, you may pay the amount of the value you believe you received. Pretty simple.

I like to suggest that people start withe Ten Idea Sampler Pack. It’s a great entry point and only $2,500. Details here.

I’m very excited to announce that my new book, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and Other Legal Organizations, is now available on Amazon. The book may also be purchased as a Kindle ebook.

A few months ago, I was planning to write a series of articles on innovation in law that would be practical, focused on outcomes, and share some of what I’ve learned about innovation over many years and, especially, while researching and teaching on the topic over the last year or so. Once I got started on that project, it turned into a book in front of my eyes.

In my own research, I had tried, unsuccessfully, to find a single-volume resource on innovation in law that covered what I felt should be covered. Because I felt the need for such a book, I decided to write and publish one.

My goal with the book is a simple one: I want to help forward-looking innovators in the legal world like you get needed guidance and a framework for increasing your chances of innovation success and decreasing your chances of innovation disasters. I believe that there is no “one true path” to innovation in law, there are many paths to success, and, often, just a little help and direction can make all the difference.

What is the audience for the book?

  • Innovation team leaders (whether with the title of chief innovation officer or not)
  • Business leaders wanting to drive innovation (managing partners, general counsel, CFOs, COOs, CIOs, chief strategy officers, business development leaders, and the like)
  • Individual innovators, including those who aspire to moving into one of the first two categories
  • Clients and customers of legal service providers who want to see their providers bring them more innovation

Many others will find this book useful as well.

Unlike many legal books, which have very high prices, I wanted to price the book at normal business book prices. I also wanted to experiment with self-publishing directly on Amazon. The paperback is US$34.99 and the Kindle version is US$19.99. As I say in the book, if your organization hesitates at spending this amount for you and your team for the book, it’s probably a good idea to think about moving on to an organization that will.

I tried to cover the waterfront in innovation topics in the book. You can get a free taste of what’s in the book by downloading my free PDF, “57 Tips for Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law,” which largely tracks the chapters in the book.

In the book, I thank the many, many people who have taught me about innovation over the years. It’s been great to have the chance to learn from so many. In that tradition, I wanted to share what I’ve learned with others.

If you are interested in reviewing the book for your audience, let me know. If you want to talk about ways to achieve successful innovation outcomes in your organization, check out my new Legal Innovation as a Service offering.

And . . . watch for announcements about book launch events on my social media channels.

I enjoyed writing this book and hope that you enjoy it and find it a helpful and practical guide.

Buy the book:

This book is a product of the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory.

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Cloud computing has long been an interest of mine. I feel like I have been explaining it to lawyers for many, many years.

Recently, I had an article I wrote about cloud computing published and was quoted in another article about cloud computing for lawyers.

In the article I was quoted in, “Is the Cloud Cheaper? For Law Firms, It’s Difficult to Say,” Victoria Hudgins did a great job of surfacing a good quote out of my somewhat rambling answers to her questions. Unfortunately, you will have to register to be able to view the whole article. It’s an odd feeling to have to register to read my own quote.

“What I found is that people don’t consider all the costs or they don’t factor in the inconveniences and problems,” Kennedy said. “They either don’t give it a cost or they don’t look at the savings they get in the whole context.”

He added, “If you don’t assess a cost or value on peoples’ time, employee time and convenience, I think that skews your calculations. And also, one of the big benefits of cloud tools is to capture data and analyze data, and I don’t think legacy software allows you the same opportunity to look at data for efficiencies and patterns.”

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center published the 2019 TechReport on Cloud Computing, which I’ve written for several years. The TechReports summarize the key results of the annual ABA legal technology survey.

While I don’t think there will be any real surprises in this year’s results, as cloud computing continues its slow march to widespread adoption, I am increasingly disappointed and concerned about the lax approach lawyers are taking to cloud security. If you work with law firms using the cloud, you will want to ask some tough questions.

As I conclude:

There is much that law firm IT departments and technology committees, legal technology vendors and consultants, corporate law departments, clients, and all legal professionals interested in the adoption of technology by lawyers can learn from these results. They give us much to think about and some indications where firms might want to move their technology strategies in the coming year and beyond. Applying basic common sense, diligence, and increased attention to cybersecurity efforts might be the biggest lesson to learn for the upcoming year. In short, cloud cybersecurity must be at the top of the list of questions for clients to ask their law firms. The current state of cloud security among law firms is a train wreck waiting to happen.

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In a nice surprise, I received the Robert Wilkins award for overall achievement and excellence in writing on Friday at the ABA Law Practice Division‘s fall meeting. Wilkins was a writer from whom I learned a lot about legal tech in the early years of my legal career, making this award extra special for me. Thanks to so many people in the LP Division who opened up the opportunities for me and helped me over the years. I hope I can do the same for others.

To make it even better, I join my friends Tom Mighell, Sharon Nelson, John Simek, and Allison Shields, who earlier received this award. This photo is of me presenting the first ever Wilkins Overall Achievement award to Tom Mighell.

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Microphone photoTom Mighell and I launched The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast more than 13 years ago. I did not know until today that there was an “International Podcast Day.” Despite our urging, our podcast has decided to celebrate this holiday with a quiet evening at home.

You, on the other hand, have other options. Might I suggest celebrating by listening to our latest episode, “Legacy Technologies: Knowing the Right Time to Move On“?

Here’s the episode description:

The Kennedy-Mighell Report is all about keeping you up to date with new tech, but sometimes Dennis and Tom are left wondering—is there too much focus on the new and not enough on the old? Lots of attorneys feel most comfortable using old technology standbys and struggle to give them up, but these old friends are putting firms at risk. Dennis and Tom unpack the security and efficiency problems associated with legacy technologies and urge lawyers to be mindful of their ethical obligations for technology competency. In their second segment, they shift back to present tech to discuss the growing popularity of dark mode and its impact on user experience.

Don’t forget that, if you have a technology question for us to answer on the show, call our Tech Question Hotline at 720-441-6820.

If you would like a present from the show for your International Podcast Day celebration, download my free PDF, ““57 Tips for Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law”.

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It was a summer of writing and book projects for me. I’ve already pre-announed one of those books, Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and other Legal Organizations.

Allison Shields and I have also finished a new book on LinkedIn. It will be called “Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals.” The manuscript is finished and in the hands of the book designer. The cover has been chosen.

Based on the current timeline, the book should publish via Amazon later this month or in early October. The price is not finalized, but, like my other new book, we wanted the book to be priced very reasonably and be easily available as an ebook.

I’ll talk more about the book soon, but it’s a brand new LinkedIn book for us. Our LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers book is now out of print. We wanted to take a different approach, move away from a short “lessons” format, and focus on strategies that work. The book includes FAQs, tips, and other learnings that we’ve had since we wrote our first book. We’re really pleased with the result and think that anyone who is serious about using LinkedIn to help themselves professionally will be too.

We’ve also explicitly moved away from the “for lawyers” notion, in both the title and the book content. Many people have told us that our LinkedIn strategies and tactics apply to many others other than lawyers, and we wanted to acknowledge that the legal profession is not just about lawyers anymore, if it ever really was.

And, yes, we do want to find some people willing to read the book and write reviews. If that might be you, please reach out to Allison or me.

More details to come in the near future.

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Book cover imageSome of my friends have convinced me that, because the manuscript is finished and with the book designer and the cover design has been chosen, it’s time that I announce the upcoming publication of my new book on innovation in law. I tend to be cautious about announcing things, so I’m just “pre-announcing” now.

The book is called “Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law: A Practical Guide for Law Firms, Law Departments and other Legal Organizations.” The only thing that might change is that I’m toying with the idea of putting law departments before law firms. However, I’m inclined to call it done and not overthink things.

Based on the current timeline, the book should publish via Amazon later this month. The price is not finalized, but I want the book priced to sell, not priced like a law book. And I wanted it to be easily available as an ebook.

I’ll talk more about the book soon, but I had been looking for a good practical book that covered innovation in law. I couldn’t find what I wanted. In a sign that I really am a writer at heart, I decided that, if the book didn’t exist, I’d go ahead and write the book I wanted. The book will be one of the first releases from the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory.

You can preview some of what’s in the book in this FREE PDF download “57 Tips for Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law.”

And, yes, I do want to find some people willing to read the book and write reviews. If that might be you, please reach out to me.

One more thing. Yes, there will be another book being published at about the same time. More about that in another post.

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Microphone photoBack in school and teaching Entrepreneurial Lawyering at Michigan State University College of Law. U.S. Labor holiday – the traditional marker of the end of summer – now past. Thought it might be a good time to reflect on my summer.

You’ll be hearing more about the two books I wrote over the summer in the next few weeks, so I’ll hold off on those. For a preview of one of the books, you can download a free PDF of my “57 Tips for Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law.” HINT: One of my books just might have something to do with this topic.

And many of you have heard about – and responded favorably – to my announcement of my Legal Innovation as a Service offering.

In this post, I wanted to highlight my summer of podcasts, including both The Kennedy-Mighell Report episodes and three recent podcast interviews. I find myself liking just being on a podcast as a guest from time to time, with no responsibility other than to answer questions someone else has to think up, instead of me (or Tom Mighell, of course). I’d be happy to consider a guest spot on your podcast.

In roughly reverse chronological order, here are my podcasts of the summer of 2019.

Lots of good podcast episodes this summer. Whether you are a longtime listener or a first-time podcast listener, I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like or that will challenge you to think in new ways. Enjoy!

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I had posted recently about my interview as a “LegalTech Legend” in the June 2019 issue of Legal IT Today. At the time, the interview was only available if you downloaded the whole issue as a PDF.

For those wanting a direct link to the article and my comments in the interview, you can now find the article here.

It’s a wide-ranging interview and I’m asked to cover a lot of ground, which was great fun. You’ll get to read some of my story of how I got into the world of legal technology any years ago.

The money quote:

Now is the best time I’ve ever seen to get into LegalTech.

I hope you enjoy the interview. Thanks again to Rob Ameerum at Legal IT Today for making it possible.

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Legal Innovation as a Service LogoA while back, I blogged about my plan to create a productized service that I would call “Legal Innovation as a Service.” I’ve now finished work on the offering and am launching it.

I wanted the offering to be simple and target only a few key pain points where I can help forward-looking innovation leaders in law the most. And I wanted to help those leaders be the heroes of their own stories. I also wanted to serve as a behind-the-scenes guide with high standards providing those leaders astute and discreet advice for practical and elegant solutions. Think of it as the “Yoda” approach to help you with the right insight, nudge or push to get you back on the right path.

The result:

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 do best. You select the option you need from the catalog, we work together on that project, and you get quickly back on the road to success and achieving your vision.

  • Jumpstart idea and innovation processes
  • Avoid missteps that will cost time and money
  • Accelerate and make smarter project selections
  • Reality-test projects and get a market-wise second set of eyes on your efforts
  • Get objective evaluation of investment decisions and needed course corrections

A full description of the offering can be found here. I have also published a Legal Innovation as a Service showcase page on LinkedIn for updates and other bonus material. Legal Innovation as a Service is the first release from the Kennedy Idea Propulsion Laboratory. There are several more releases on the roadmap for 2019.

I’ve gotten some great feedback already about Legal Innovation as a Service and I’m excited to see how many people I can help as we try to create successful innovation outcomes in law.

If you want to learn more, discuss Legal Innovation as a Service options, or engage me for a Legal Innovation as a Service package, simply contact me about Legal Innovation as a Service.

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