Negative capability for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (012)

Negative capability for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (012)

Negative capability is a mindset and a skill. It is an approach which helps us deal with uncertainty by embracing the unknown and, therefore, unleashing creativity, innovation and diversity. It also appeases anxiety. For the current uncertain times and the changing legal ecosystem, it is of huge relevance and timeliness for modern legal professionals. This post explores the topic to help us be prepared and cope with the ongoing changes.

In this post you’ll read about:

What is negative capability?
Why and how, specifically, developing negative capability can help (future) legal professionals survive and thrive?
How to develop and cultivate negative capability?

Notes from the webinar by Mark Cohen & Richard Susskind – first event of Legal Geek’s The Uncertain Decade

Notes from the webinar by Mark Cohen & Richard Susskind – first event of Legal Geek’s The Uncertain Decade

If you missed the first (ever, we hear!) event of the two great legal innovation luminaries sharing a conference stage you can read our very thorough notes and impressions in this post.
On 30th April 2020, Mark Cohen and Richard Susskind, hosted by Legal Geek, presented their insight on the topics of:
(1) “Legal life after COVID-19 – a very new normal”; and
(2) “When courts close, what will half the world’s lawyers do?”.
This webinar was a first out of four forming the Uncertain Decade series.
We’re recommending participating in future events of the Uncertain Decade. Read our post to find out why, along with a report from the first meeting.

Top 20 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Books for 2020

Top 20 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Books for 2020

New year, new me, right? If your 2020 resolution is to crack on this whole AI (artificial intelligence) buzz — to know what awaits us, keep up with the dinner party conversations or impress your boss/date/children — read on. A subjective guide for the curious minds.
If you’re sticking to the more traditional new year resolutions (hint: this new shiny gym membership), the books provide great mental gymnastics. To go along with your (physical) training.

How to use it?
You do not have to stick to the proposed order, yet it has a flow. We start with a warm-up and go higher with the intensity, finishing with a gentle cool down.

This guide provides short descriptions, with added links where full reviews are available.

Self-awareness for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (007)

Self-awareness for #FUTUREPROOFLEGAL (007)

Our #FutureProofLegal series begins with the foundational skill of self-awareness.

Becoming self-aware is worth your efforts, because it unlocks potential for growth, on both personal as well as professional level, and – perhaps more importantly – satisfaction. It is crucial in developing emotional intelligence. It makes us more effective and, in turn, our teams and organisations.
We believe that it is ever more important in the times of change in the legal market, as well as increased mental health pressures and struggles for lawyers.
Becoming more aware of our values, understanding of our strengths and weaknesses – and, as a result, in tune with our goals and potential – is a mandatory first step to self-management and improvement. It’s also necessary to develop empathy and effectiveness.

Hence, in this post you’ll read:
• What is self-awareness?
• How to become (more) self-aware?
• How to stay self-aware?

Join us on the journey of becoming #FutureProofLegal.

T-shaped lawyer: who, what, how? Part 2/2 (004)

T-shaped lawyer: who, what, how? Part 2/2 (004)

In this article, part 2/2, we’re explaining the nitty-gritty practicalities of a T-shaped lawyer. Namely, the “Who?”, “What?” and “How?”.

We begin by presenting the skills and qualities of a T-Shaped lawyer.
Next, explain what does it take to be T-Shaped Lawyer.
Finally, we suggest a few practical steps on how to become a T-Shaped Lawyer.

Read up and be inspired.

For an intro to the concept – the question of all questions, “Why?” – check out the already posted Part 1 of this text: T-Shaped Lawyer: the new commercial awareness. Why should you become a T-Shaped Lawyer?.