Collaboration Tools Book CoverThe second edition of the book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Tom Mighell and me, will be on sale at a 40% discount (plus free ground shipping) for one day only – December 2 – as part of the big Cyber Monday book sale on the ABA Books site.

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Everyone agrees that collaboration is essential in today’s world, but knowing the right tools will make all the difference. The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies has long been considered THE resource to help lawyers improve their collaboration efforts.

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This sale is your best chance to get a great price on the book. Even if you miss the sale, the book would be a great gift for the lawyer on your gift list.

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I very happy to announce that Allison Shields and I’s new book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals, is now available on Amazon as a paperback and as a Kindle ebook.

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Make LinkedIn Work for You isn’t just a “how to” on using LinkedIn; it delves deeper into creating a strategic approach to your use of LinkedIn based on who you are, where you are in your career, and what you want to accomplish on LinkedIn, and prompts you to ask questions like:

  • What are you “hiring” LinkedIn to do for you?
  • How do you make yourself “discoverable” within your network?
  • How do you bring the real world into LinkedIn and LinkedIn into the real world?
  • How do you want to communicate with your network?

The book focuses on the three parts of your LinkedIn presence that you must understand well: Profiles, Connections, and Participation.

We have long called these the essential building blocks of LinkedIn. In many ways, the three blocks notion is our fundamental insight in this book.

If you understand and get these blocks right, you will “get” LinkedIn and should find it a valuable use of your time.

The book also features a chapter for Millennials and other new users and a foreword, both written by my daughter, Grace Kennedy.

We loaded the book with material from our LinkedIn presentations, lots of tips, and answers to questions we often get from lawyers who want to make LinkedIn work for them.

Table of Contents

PART I: Getting Started

1. Setting Up A New Account Or Reviving Your Existing Account.
2. Using Linkedin On Your Mobile Devices
3. Optimizing Your Settings
4. Developing Your Linkedin Strategy
5. The Three Building Blocks Of Linkedin: Profile, Connections And Participation

PART II: Profile

6. Your Basic Profile
7. Going Further With Your Profile
8. Advanced And Power User Tips: Profile
9. Profile Frequently Asked Questions

PART III: Connections

10. Getting Started With Connections
11. Making Even More Connections
12. Using Linkedin Search Tools
13. Advanced And Power User Tips: Connections
14. Frequently Asked Questions: Connections

PART IV: Participation

15. Participating On Linkedin: Posts And Groups
16. Social Proof: Endorsements And Recommendations
17. Monitoring And Engaging With Your Network
18. Developing A Linkedin Content Strategy
19. Advanced And Power User Tips: Participation
20. Frequently Asked Questions: Participation

PART V: Conclusion: Planning Your Linkedin Activity

21. A Basic Linkedin Action Plan For Everyone

PART VI: Making Linkedin Work For You

22. Building Your Personal Brand On Linkedin
23. Linkedin For Job Search
24. Linkedin For Law Students
25. Moving To New Practice Area Or Location
26. Using Linkedin As A Business
27. Linkedin For Millennials And Others New To The Platform
28. Linkedin And Legal Ethics
29. Resources

NOTE: If you are interested in reviewing the book for for audience or interviewing Allison and me for an article, podcast, or videocast, let us know by messaging either of us on LinkedIn.

You can find more information about all of my books at the Dennis Kennedy Books LinkedIn Showcase page.

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[Update: The book is now available as a paperback and as a Kindle book on Amazon.]

Assuming all goes according to plan, Allison Shields and I’s new book, Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals, will be published and available for purchase on Amazon (in paperback and Kindle versions) in a few days.

The book is a major departure from our earlier (and now out of print) book on LinkedIn for lawyers – much more coverage of strategies, lots of tips and answers to questions we often get when we do presentations on LinkedIn, and a few bonuses and surprises.

You’ll hear more from us when the book gets launched, so keep your eyes and ears open.

And yes, we are looking for reviewers and people who might want to interview us for articles, podcasts, or videocasts. Let us know; LinkedIn messaging is a great way to reach us.

We’re excited about how well this book has turned out and can’t wait to get it into people’s hands and screens.

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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.

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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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