Ahead of the Curve (December - 2)
with ALA's Professional Development Advisory Committee
If you are receiving "Ahead of the Curve" then you are an ALA leader with board, regional, chapter or conference planning responsibilities, or a designated ALA employee. The Professional Development Advisory Committee’s (PDAC) purpose in providing you this communication is to further its goal of periodically sharing topical information regarding the legal industry. Our hope is that one or more of the updates will provide a spark of insight to assist with your work on behalf of ALA as well as within your firm or legal department.
It’s Official: FRCP Amendments
"Ten amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect on December 1. The most substantial revisions apply to discovery rules, 26, 34, and 37. If you are involved in eDiscovery, these changes will alter the discovery landscape." Read more.
Resource: Liquid Litigation Management
A Day in the Life of a Pricing Professional
"The number of pricing groups in law firms has been on the rise for a few years now." Three professionals from law firms in different stages of forming pricing initiates are interviewed in this article. Read more.
Resource: Lisa Glanakos, Legal Solutions
2015 What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession
"The 27th annual report has been the most difficult of all to write because of the volume of continuous, sometimes conflicting, changes affecting the legal profession — which many firms still have not recognized or accepted." Read more.
Resource: Robert Denny, Managing Partner Forum
The state of the performance review: 'Ineffective' but not going away yet
"Rather than deep-sixing performance ratings, many employers are making significant improvements, including replacing annual performance review cycles with more frequent employee and manager interactions, applying a more future-oriented definition of performance and potential, and implementing new technology." Read more.
Resource: Tom Starner, HR Dive
Six trends for 2016 that HR executives should watch
"This articles provides a look back as well as six HR trends to watch for in 2016." Read more.
Resource: Tom Starner, HR Dive
HOW TO GIVE BAD FEEDBACK WITHOUT RUINING RAPPORT
"If you were to ask any manager what is the most difficult part of their job, one third will say 'Giving feedback or having a performance conversation.' The reason for this is because few managers have been taught how to have these conversations and as a result, they often enter into the conversation with the wrong mindset." Read more.
Resource: Anna-Lucia, HRM America
It’s Better to Avoid a Toxic Employee than Hire a Superstar
Toxic workers can have an even greater effect on organizations than superstar employees. Read more.
Resource: Nicole Torres, Harvard Business Review
HOW TO BE A GREAT MENTOR
Resource: Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak
Law Firm Marketers Lack Content Strategies
"Survey shows firms keep churning out more content, but often without documented strategic plans." Read more.
Resource: Erin E. Harrison, Legaltech News
Survey Reveals Need for Speed in Conflicts Clearing of Laterals, New Business
"A recent survey reveals three key findings regarding firm conflict clearing procedures as well as three tips for achieving quicker conflicts resolution." Read more.
Resource: Sharon Quaintance and Jennifer Stakes, Bloomberg BNA
IT Auditors Focusing on Risks from Emerging Innovations
Resource: Zach Warren, Legaltech News
Market to Millennials by Getting Out of the Way
"This isn’t groundbreaking thinking. Buzzfeed has found success on this first attribute: being social. By creating content that was optimized for virality through rigorous A/B testing, they perfected a formula for native content that built an audience of Millennials while attracting advertisers and brands. Today, nearly 50% of Buzzfeed’s 200 million unique monthly visitors are composed of Millennials who share content with friends." Read more.
Resource: Ron Faris, Harvard Business Review
Ransomware: Backing Up from Trouble
Resource: Mark Bassingthwaighte, Attorney at Work
Sharon Meit Abrahams, EdD - Foley & Lardner LLP
Mark Davey ~ Ricoh USA, Inc.
Anthony Greene ~ Jamison Risk Services
Eric Hightower, CLM, SPHR ~ Davis Agnor Rapaport Skalny
John Jakovenko, CLM, SPHR ~ Freeman Mathis & Gary
William Mech ~ ofPartner Consulting Services
Steven Morris, CLM, SPHR ~ Allen Matkins
Paul Morton ~ Burns & Levinson LLP
Savannah Robinson, MPA ~ Barnes & Thornburg LLP
ALA Liaison to Committee
Susan Hanf ~ ALA Sr. Director, Member Experience