In most law firms, the path to innovation is beset with booby traps and dead ends, and any improvements seem to move a centimeter at a time. Impatient with the usual pace of change? Then consider a more radical approach. It's called business innovation. To inspire your thinking, here's a spotlight on four firms with wildly creative ideas about what succeeding in the business of law means.
By Merrilyn Astin Tarlton
It's not just your imagination, innovating in the legal world is hard. An observer offers typical causes for the resistance to change, based on his two decades in the market.
By Ron Friedmann
Tackling a client need or business problem can seem much easier in a group meeting, where there are others to help create ideas. But the truth is, each of us can be creative all on our own. Here are exercises to help new ideas emerge when you're working solo.
By Andrew Eklund
Law firms introduce new services for clients all the time. But those are external, service-based innovations. When it comes to internally focused, institutional innovation-changes in the way a practice is managed-firms face unique barriers. After conducting a recent study on law firm innovation, an expert shares his insights on the barriers-along with four keys to increasing innovation success.
By Eric Mankin
Koestler's Law isn't part of a statute or a law of physics. Rather, it's a law of behavior-and it's about creativity. Like all good laws, it provides insight into a fundamental principle while providing a framework that guides decision making and action. You can use it to discover ideas in a systematic way.
By Dennis Sherwood