Whether you're a business executive or a lawyer in a law firm, an in-house counsel or a sole practitioner, you have probably wondered whether collaboration matters to your business and how it can help. Heidi Gardner initially explored these questions during her tenure at McKinsey & Co. She continued that exploration later in the course of obtaining a doctorate on the subject of group collaboration. In her research, spanning what is now a period of 20 years, Dr. Gardner found that teams that fully leverage their members' talents earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty and attract and retain the best talent. Much of that research culminated in her recent book, Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos.
Why Collaboration in Law and Business Matters:
Interview by Foxwordy Founder, Monica Zent, of Dr. Heidi Gardner
of Harvard Law School
Foxwordy Enterprise Debuts Today, Offering Workplace Social
Collaboration Solution for Entire Legal Industry
It is an exciting time for Foxwordy. Today, we debut Foxwordy Enterprise, offering a workplace social solution for collaboration among lawyers and legal professionals. Designed for in-house legal departments, law firms and legal associations, Foxwordy Enterprise offers efficient and effective collaboration for the entire legal industry.
The future of the legal profession depends on effective collaboration. Before Foxwordy, lawyers lacked a consistent, easy-to-use platform to work with colleagues within and outside their legal departments, firms and organizations. Foxwordy Enterprise solves this issue with our secure, cloud-based service that will help legal professionals work together and stay on the same page.
Key features of Foxwordy Enterprise include:
Get Smart: Harvard Professor and Author Heidi Gardner Shares the Secrets to "Smart Collaboration" For Lawyers with Foxwordy Founder, Monica Zent
What lawyer wouldn’t want to earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, attract and retain the best talent, and gain a competitive edge? According to Dr. Heidi Gardner, a former McKinsey consultant and Harvard Business School professor, now lecturing at Harvard Law School, the key to all these benefits is what she calls “Smart Collaboration.” Based on over a decade of research, her new book, “Smart Collaboration,” reveals these significant tangible benefits for lawyers, their firms or companies, and their clients.
The caveat? Not all teamwork is “smart.” Says Gardner, “Lawyers need to execute it efficiently, recognize the investment period required to develop the skills, and … stick with it long enough until those rewards kick in — there is a lag period and too many people give up before the ROI turns positive.”
I had a chance to speak with Gardner in depth about her research. Here’s what I learned.
Inside 2017’s Hottest Trend: Collaboration
Do more with less. Work better, faster, cheaper. Keep quality and service high. This is how law is practiced now. Whether you’re a General Counsel or a Partner at a law firm, these mantras are the governing paradigms. Successfully navigating the evolving legal economy can be a challenge and lawyers need to think differently. Start by collaborating more. It’s healthy and efficient for your law department, your firm and your career.
Known for their competitive spirits – legal professionals often have misconceptions about collaboration. They improperly view it as weak, “only for engineers” or not something you do to get serious work done. Such beliefs are flawed and short-sighted. Collaboration isn’t a dirty word; it’s an ingredient for success!
Thanks for Making 2016 a Great Year for Foxwordy
Dear Foxwordy Members,
With a new year comes a renewed potential for collaboration and community. As 2016 draws to a close, we are especially grateful for our members and want to take this opportunity to thank you, and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.
As we look ahead to 2017, we're also appreciative of some the great year behind us. Here are a few highlights from the year:
Foxwordy Announces New Partnership with the National Bar Association
At Foxwordy, we are committed to leveraging the power of social media to level the playing field for the legal industry. We believe that social media is the great equalizer, increasing access to opportunities through networking and collaboration to make a powerful tool for all legal professionals, especially those in segments of the market which have been underserved.
As part of this commitment, today we are proud to announce that Foxwordy is partnering with the National Bar Association, the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The National Bar Association’s membership, which includes approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and other legal professionals across the country, will receive Premium-level access to Foxwordy. President Obama is also a distinguished member of the National Bar Association.
We are delighted that Foxwordy’s collaboration platform will be used by National Bar Association Members to help them advance in their careers and gain access to colleagues and opportunities to which they might not otherwise have had access.
The Future Delivery of Legal Services
There is much insecurity in the legal community. The status quo has benefited big law firms big time, but now these top-down institutions are being disrupted and the future delivery of legal services is likely to look radically different from the past.
With legions of lawyers striking out on their own, empowered by social media tools that circumvent traditional ways in which clients and lawyers find each other, Internet-based tools are revolutionizing how legal services get delivered. As these trends accelerate, lawyers who bury their heads in their briefs will be left behind.
What does the future delivery of legal services look like? Here are some of the key trends to watch:
Foxwordy Debuts New Look And Features
Dear Foxwordy Community,
This has been a great year for legal tech and a great year for Foxwordy. The year’s end is a time to take stock of all that we have accomplished and share our thanks with those who have contributed to our success.
At Foxwordy, we are most grateful to you - our members. We are also grateful for the support we have received from the legal community at large and those of you early adopters who have been our champions in your own legal departments, law firms, and other organizations.
Since day one, we have made it our singular goal to create the best possible experience for our members. To that end, your feedback and requests have been valuable to us.
In that spirit, I am excited to announce that today Foxwordy debuts an entirely new look, refined features, and a fresh user experience!
We launched Foxwordy in 2014 with a mission to offer lawyers and legal professionals social productivity in the cloud, a place where they can come together with relevant top-tier colleagues across the entire legal market to effectively collaborate in real-time.
The Big Debate: Open vs. Private Networks for Lawyers
In February, we launched Foxwordy, the first private social network for lawyers, and a debate exploded online. The response came fast and furious. Some questioned whether lawyers need a private social network or whether they could effectively network and do legal business using the open net. Meanwhile, others weighed in applauding that Foxwordy is the only network that finally got it right by offering a private social network that lawyers could call their own.
Introduction to Foxwordy
Allow me to introduce you to Foxwordy, a new, cloud-based social collaboration platform for lawyers. I created Foxwordy to allow lawyers to share trusted content with trusted colleagues, discover new opportunities, and enhance their professional reputations. Through Foxwordy’s invitation-only platform, lawyers can instantly connect with credible colleagues to address workflow needs in real-time. Our mission is to connect and empower the world's legal professionals to collaborate successfully, work effectively and grow professionally - all faster than ever before.