Posts Tagged ‘legal’

Find Your Disruption Pressure Points

 4th January 2018 by gihan

You might be sick of hearing about “disruption” in every industry. And that’s no surprise, because examples abound: Uber disrupting the taxi industry, Netflix disrupting movie rentals and cinemas, Apple disrupting the music industry, and so on. In fact, Accenture’s Technology Vision 2016 report suggested most Australian business leaders expected their biggest threats would come from outside their industry.

How do you prepare for this uncertain future, where the rug could be pulled out from under you at any moment?

Of course, it’s impossible to predict exactly what will happen, but you can prepare for the future by knowing the weaknesses and vulnerabilities – the disruption pressure points – in your business.

Broadly, the world is becoming “Fast, Flat and Free”:

  • Everything is moving faster than ever before
  • We’ve broken down hierarchies and barriers
  • Things that used to cost a lot now cost a lot less

If you want to know what could disrupt your business, look at the opposite of Fast, Flat and Free: Slow, Bumpy and Expensive. If you do anything that’s slow, bumpy or expensive, beware!

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This is an extract from an article I published in Proctor, the magazine of the Queensland Law Society.

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The New Skills for the Legal Profession (and the Rest of Us, Too)

 21st March 2017 by gihan

Last week, I presented the closing keynote presentation for the Queensland Law Society’s Annual Symposium.

Their theme was “Framing the Future”, and the previous speaker was Professor Nick James, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bond University. Professor Dean spoke about what it takes to be a legal professional in the 21st Century, and I was pleased to see his emphasis on people skills rather than technical skills.

Here is one of his slides pointing out the difference between “old” and “new” law:

In case you can’t read the details, here’s a summary:



Legalistic mindset   

   Commercial realism

Orthodoxy orientation   

   Digital literacy

Emotional distance   

   Emotional intelligence

Demographic bias   

   Cultural competency

Moral neutrality   

   Moral leadership

He was addressing the legal profession, but his advice applies to all of us. If you want to be fit for the future, start by building the five skills he recommends:

  • Commercial realism
  • Digital literacy
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Cultural competency
  • Moral leadership

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