Podcast Review: Karen Dunn Skinner & David Skinner on Lean in Law Firms on LeanBlog.org episode #185

Podcast #185 – Karen Dunn Skinner & David Skinner on Lean in Law Firms — Lean Blog: “Mark Graban’s guests for episode #185 are Karen Dunn Skinner and David Skinner and the topic, for the first time on the Podcast, is Lean in law firms and the legal profession. David and Karen are husband and wife, attorneys, from Quebec, and consultants for their firm Gimbal.”

Loved this podcast. Very instructive to dig into a different industry striving to implement Lean Principles.

Items discussed in the podcast:

  • How do Lean methods apply in a Law firm?
  • What are some benefits to the clients and the firm itself?
  • How do you get past the “we don’t build cars” objection?
  • How widespread is Lean in the legal profession?
  • How did Karen and David discover Lean (and Six Sigma) as attorneys?
  • What’s the balance between using Lean and/or Six Sigma in law?
  • How can standardized work and checklists help?
  • Why are legal clients dissatisfied with the pricing and quality of legal work?
  • How do you strike a balance between law being an art vs. being a process?

Thank you Mark, Karen and David for sharing.

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Karen E. Klein – “Help for overworked Business Owners (2)”

Entrepreneurs often hope to gain free time by starting their own businesses, but most find themselves working longer hours than ever. Financial guru Louis Barajas says simple organizational systems can help business owners regain balance in their lives.

(from Business Week — Smart Answers)

In the very same podcast episode “Help for overworked Business Owners” I blogged about earlier, I found another gem:

  • the one thing you can do to up the value of your business is to have your business run *without* you.

Clever idea. And while you are at it, have some vacation too.

Karen E. Klein – “Help for overworked Business Owners”

Entrepreneurs often hope to gain free time by starting their own businesses, but most find themselves working longer hours than ever. Financial guru Louis Barajas says simple organizational systems can help business owners regain balance in their lives.

(from Business Week — Smart Answers)

In this podcast episode “Help for overworked Business Owners”, I found some interesting material

If you quit your job to start a business, make sure it is really a business and not another job.

What’s the difference?

A job is something you do, and get paid for.

A business is something you own, and profits you.

伊藤洋一 // 「これからの日中関係~日中首脳会談を受けて」(第138回)

今回の成果は??中国の国家元首としては10年ぶりになる胡錦濤主席の来訪だが、日中両国間に様々な問題を抱えながら共同声明・首脳会議のポイントが明確に見えてこないという声が多い。今回の胡錦濤主席来訪の意味と今後の日中関係の展望について語る。

(from 伊藤洋一のビジネストレンド)

In this podcast, Itoh Youichi discusses the recent China-Japan relationships.

Japan and China.

Friend and Foe.

Slowly getting back together. Slowly. So slowly.

But there is progress and THAT is good.

伊藤洋一 //「激変の予兆か?マイクロソフトが断念した日」(第137回)

5月3日、米マイクロソフトが米ヤフーの買収を断念すると発表した。最終的な買収金額が折り合わなかったことが原因だが、また別の理由があるとも言われている。そもそもマイクロソフトがヤフー買収を試みたのはなぜか。買収とその断念にいたる真の理由、そして今後のネット、IT社会の行方を伊藤洋一が解説する。

(from 伊藤洋一のビジネストレンド)

In this podcast, Itoh Youichi analyzes the Microsoft-Yahoo! deal.

Microsoft + Yahoo! > Google?

no way. Even for Search.

So when we speak about SAAS and PAAS. Really, where is the added value?

John Byrne – “GM’s Challenge”

BusinessWeek’s David Welch tells John Byrne that the lumbering, money-losing giant finally sees gas engines are a losing bet. But is it too late for GM?

(from Business WeekCover Stories)

Key points of this podcast:

GM is behind, and loosing ground. No one to blame but GM. Not Toyota. Not any other business. Just GM.

So stop whining.

Go green.

Do something.

Anything. (but crying)

Now.

Go.

Jack Welch – “How to Bust into the Big League”

BusinessWeek columnists Jack & Suzy Welch say big companies prefer the devil they know to an upstart they don’t. You’ve got to offer them a deal with the kind of fire they can’t ignore.

(from Business Week — The Welch Way Podcast by Jack and Suzy Welch)

This podcast‘s key points:

  • Go out and change the game. Period.
  • Make them an offer they can’t refuse. Don’t go there with silly tiny improvements.
  • Offer game changing propositions.