Lessons from HBO’s Game of Thrones About Email Security

A recent article in The Verge describes the challenges faced by the wildly popular Game of Thrones series on HBO when it comes to protecting secrecy around the plots of future episodes. Among the steps the show has taken to address these privacy challenges is two-step verification of emails, a strategy any industry or profession that deals with secure matters on a regular basis would be wise to consider for its own purposes.  View Full Post
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Gary Kasparov: “Work with – Don’t Fear – Intelligent Machines”

In a humorous and entertaining, but also thought-provoking, TED Talk, Gary Kasparov recounts his historic confrontation with IBM’s “Deep Blue” in 1997: the never-to-be-forgotten day when the world champion chess player was beaten at his own game by a computer. Kasparov goes on to talk about the value of the capacities – such as passion and the ability to dream – that only humans possess. View Full Post
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AU Law Firm Credits “People Focus” for Its Success

The managing partner of the Australian office of US-based Squire Patton Boggs, one of the most successful law firms in the world ($US1 Billion global revenue with more than 1500 lawyers, and offices in 21 countries), attributes the firm’s prosperity and growth – even in recent years, when the market has been sluggish – to its focus on its staff.  View Full Post
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“Managers” and “Makers” and the Use of Time

Author, computer scientist and venture capitalist Paul Graham makes an interesting distinction between “managers” and “makers” when it comes to time management – particularly when it comes to scheduling meetings. In an essay entitled “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule,” Graham – who in 2005 co-founded Y Combinator, a then-new type of startup incubator that has since funded over a thousand startups including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit – points out that managers are used to needing to refocus their attention every hour or so. View Full Post
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A Fizzy New Niche for Law Practice?

Water bottlesA recent article in USA Today suggests that, in the same way that craft beers have transformed the face of beer production and sales in recent years, the manufacturing and retail landscape for soft drinks may be changing. Zlati Meyer writes, “[It  is] unique formulations that are at the heart of the growing segment of ‘craft soda,’ fizzy concoctions that are starting to make an impact in the $52.5 billion U.S. View Full Post
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Helping Small Firms Grow and Become More Successful

Immigration lawyer Russell C. Ford contacted me a few months ago with very positive feedback on my book, which he said he had read early in his career. He said, “The Successful Lawyer was transformative to me as a person, lawyer, and entrepreneur.” I asked him to tell me a bit about the practice he and his partner had built together, which led to my inviting him to write an article for my blog post. View Full Post
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Linklaters to Measure Teams Rather Than Individuals: Exciting Model for Our Time

Linklaters ItemIn a post at Legal Business, Matthew Field reports that Linklaters is about to “phase out individual partner metrics and annual assessments to focus on broader measures of team and firm performance.” The new performance-assessment strategy will focus on such areas as “client winning, business development, training and innovation,” Field says. View Full Post
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