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Last year, the global firm Baker McKenzie launched a new initiative called “Whitespace Legal Collab.” On the 27th floor of their Toronto office on Bay Street, the global firm opened their doors to clients and leaders in business, government, academia and non-profit organizations to “address complex global challenges at the intersection of business, law and technology” according to their website. “Our Whitespace Legal Collab is part of our firm’s wider effort to cultivate a new type of thinking when helping our clients develop solutions to complex challenges,” says Paul Rawlinson, the global chair of the firm.
By David McCann
Marketing professionals have a responsibility to do their best to protect the brands of their employers. And part of that responsibility means avoiding, limiting or addressing, to the extent possible, any negative or damaging publicity. While there are nuances within each industry that determine what can and can’t be done in this effort, there are some universal strategies I think work well.
By Jim Jarrell
Until recently, most law firms operated with a cadre of legacy operating systems, financial platforms and reporting technologies from different manufacturers that have no mechanism for connecting with each other, let alone automatically extracting and updating data points between systems. The disparate nature of these technologies has exacerbated the struggle to leverage data and display results in a reporting mechanism that helps direct the firm’s decision-making.
By Silvia Coulter
Law firms have many leaders. Yet in many cases, no formal leadership training takes place, leaving others in their groups or offices performing at less than optimal levels and on their own to get the job done often feeling pressured and stressed. Here are some tips to help partners who lead operational teams, offices, practices, departments, or the firm itself, to implement for leadership impact that books and professors don’t seem to directly address.
By Ari Kaplan
The most popular justification for avoiding business-development activities is a lack of time. There are, however, a number of strategies that will allow you to execute and produce results in minutes — or even seconds.