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Mike Tobias

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Avoiding Stupidity: De-Risking LegalTech Decisions

If you’re an in-house counsel, there is little doubt that you are an expert in legal matters. You have the education, experience, and battle scars to bear witness to that. You can mine that vast experience when having to come up with snap judgements...

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The Root of Corporate Legal Team Stress

If yours is like most Corporate Legal Departments, you are already swamped with work, and the volume just keeps rising. The hours are long, and getting longer, and help might not be on the way.

Most budgets are not keeping pace with the increasing...

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Administrivia, Productivity & Burnout

There are a host of reasons why our work hours continue to climb, even before the pandemic blurred the lines between work and non-work hours. One of the many culprits is the time we now spend on administrative work that we didn’t used to. Why is that?

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LexTech16 & High School Sex

I always struggle to attend conferences. Partly because I’m introverted, and in part because I’m much more engaged by doing rather than talking about doing. It was a well executed conference, and I think very valuable for many. I felt particularly...

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Deja Vu or Vuja De?

We all know the great Yogi Berra quote, "It's like deja vu all over again." Deja vu of course is the funny feeling we get that we've experienced something before. Typically, it's used as a way of characterizing something tedious or frustrating that is...

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High Heels & Big Data: When Fit is Critical

I'm just a short way into Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt's excellent book, Simple Rules, and came across a passage that struck me as interesting given the breathless hype we're hearing around Big Data these days.

"Why can simpler models outperform...

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“Power, prestige, and performance make you stubborn, stupid, and resistant to valid evidence.”

Originally posted July 31, 2015

Isn't work great? Where past performance can make you more of a d-bag?

If you have worked with anyone that has reached a certain age and level of success, you'll instantly connect with the title. It can be an exercise in...

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The One Thing that Will Indisputably Improve Enterprise Performance

The number of books, papers, websites, videos and the like, that profess “if you do this, you will be a top performing enterprise,” are laughable. Every self-anointed guru has their sure-fire way to “perform like Apple” or alternately “perform like...

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One Bar Closer to Humanity

The potential exists for technology, both at home and work, to positively impact our lives. I don't think the net effect of technology is presently positive. Social applications prey on negative and addictive aspects of our personalities and create new...

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Holacracy vs. Boring Old Ideas

If you're a follower of innovative leadership or management practices, you'll no doubt have seen some of the breathless statements about Zappos' planned (or impending) move to Holacracy. What's a Holacracy? I won't spend your precious time recounting...

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