ILTA’s SharePoint Symposium 2014, set for June 10th– 11th near Chicago, is designed to bring together professionals working with SharePoint in their firms or law departments. The format of the two-day event includes a SharePoint evangelist keynote, two tracks with expert speakers and ILTA case studies as well as opportunities to network with ILTA members and key SharePoint vendors.
I’ve been involved with helping produce the event for a couple of years now, and I can tell you that it is an excellent place to hear about fresh, innovative ideas about all things SharePoint in the legal industry.
Visit the event website at sharepoint.iltanet.org for all the details, and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I hope to see you at the event!
Readers of the blog know that for the past few weeks, I have been crowd sourcing comments for my KM book that will be published by the ABA in early 2014. Thanks to all who have commented here and sent me emails with other comments. Today, I’d like to ask about questions you are seeing in Requests for Proposals (RFPs). More below image…
As any rainmaking lawyer or law firm business development professional knows, Read more
Readers of the blog know that for the past few weeks, I have been crowd sourcing comments for my KM book that will be published by the ABA in early 2014. Thanks to all who have commented here and sent me emails with other comments.
Last week we talked about disappointment and failure. This week, a more rosy topic: the future of KM. Read more
If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been crowd-sourcing comments for my KM book that will be published by the ABA in early 2014. Last week, I crowd-sourced comments about who leads KM in law firms. Thank you to those who commented (both on the blog and in emails directly to me). This week, it’s all about disappointment and failure.
I’m not talking about the various failures that we all have experienced in KM (or other) efforts in our careers. I’m talking about the failure of KM itself. Read more
I’m excited to report that I am writing a book about KM in the legal profession and it is scheduled for publication by the ABA in 2014. If you know me, then you know that I am a big fan of collaboration. I’m also always trying to think of ways to do things differently, better, and more effectively. I think I have come up with a way to make this a better book — one that will really resonate with KM professionals, law firm leaders, and those who want to learn about KM, and/or who are thinking of getting involved in KM in their law firm or legal department. That approach is to crowd source parts of the book from the KM community. See more below the chart…
I’m starting this experiment by seeking comments Read more
Box, formerly known as Box.net, is a cloud-based file sharing and content management platform. While some people think of Box as similar to Dropbox, Box is better suited to enterprises, like law firms, mainly due to its superior security and management features.
Dropbox and others have made attempts to match Box’s enterprise prowess, but Box repeatedly scores higher in head-to-head comparisons, like this one from InfoWorld. Box has, for a long time, had a great presence outside of large law firms, capturing the business of more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies. Read more
I am constantly reminded of the importance of communicating effectively. And I am repeatedly convinced that a simple message delivered in a simple way is most effective.
Last Thursday, I participated on a speaking panel with Lisa Gianakos, Director of Knowledge Management at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC. The topic was “Leveraging KM Technologies and Methods to Grow Legal Project Management.” Since we weren’t sure about the audience’s familiarity with knowledge management or legal project management, we started with an overview of both. I handled KM, Lisa handled LPM. Read more
I am looking forward to speaking on a panel at the 11th Annual Law Firm Information and Technology Forum, on April 25, 2013, sponsored by Thomson Reuters.
The topic is Leveraging KM Technologies and Methods to Grow Legal Project Management.
Here is the description from the conference:
Knowledge Management (KM) has proven to be an effective means to improve the practice of law. Through KM, many firms now have mature technologies and methods for effectively gathering, Read more
These days, I’ve been reverting a bit to my college life when I studied philosophy, and revisiting some old texts. Not surprisingly, I’m coming across pearls of wisdom in the writings of the ancient thinkers. This, from Seneca‘s Letters From a Stoic (Letter VI – On Sharing Knowledge), caught my eye and reminded me that there’s nothing new under the sun:
“Nothing will ever please me, no matter how excellent or beneficial, if I must retain the knowledge of it to myself. And if wisdom were given me under the express condition that it must be kept hidden and not uttered, I should refuse it. No good thing is pleasant to possess, without friends to share it.”
Although he studied law, I am doubtful that Seneca suspected, almost 2000 years later, that lawyers and law firms would be challenged by what came to be known as knowledge management. I further doubt that he could imagine that some would question the value of sharing knowledge.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Chinese proverb.
As knowledge management professionals, we want to encourage sharing and the dissemination of knowledge throughout our organizations. We know how hard it can be to do that and to encourage people to do the same. You may have set up wonderful systems and resources to help promote this, but sometimes it may seem that you just can’t reach everyone with the “good word” of KM.
Don’t be frustrated. Be creative.
As a KM professional, you are a “go to” person in your firm. People come to you for answers. Read more