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- Print Length: 382 pages
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- Publisher: Lawyerist Publishing (September 10, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 10, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07W81LG11
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That said, I'm giving the book five stars because I think it's excellent and worth reading, but as always there's room for improvement. For a "roadmap" I expected something a little more... map like. I understand that circumstances will vary from practice area to practice area, firm to firm, and lawyer to lawyer, and that the next steps for one firm may not always be the next steps for another firm, but a clear list of action items for each chapter would be useful generally, I think. Additionally, it's mentioned throughout the book that additional resources are available online at the Lawyerist website, but they're hard to find and connect to the relevant sections of the book. In one case when I managed to find the page for the relevant resource, the page said it was being retooled to better fit with the book and would be available in 2020. That was a bit of a let down after I finished the chapter excited to use the material!
Again, I don't want the paragraph of (hopefully) constructive criticism to dissuade anyone from buying the book as it is absolutely worth your time. I'm just hoping the team of authors will continue to iterate in subsequent editions and deliver even more value.
We use their methodology at our firm, and I have seen it work. It is not about making sweeping, enormous changes to everything at once. Instead it is about making thoughtful, deliberate and consistent incremental changes over a long period of time to create lasting transformations.
Fair warning: This is not just "Foonberg 2.0" or some clone of other traditional "how to set up and run your law practice" books. Yes, there are plenty of tips and suggestions for things you can try--specifically, things that have worked well for other lawyers--to help your practice succeed. But the nuts and bolts are far less important than the things this book will teach you about mission and goals and strategy. It will help you learn how to think like the modern entrepreneur you are, understanding value from the perspective of your client and then crafting legal products and services--along with the systems to deliver them--that your clients will truly love.
The book is centered around the Lawyerist Small Firm Scorecard and the corresponding Small Firm Roadmap, both of which are designed to help you understand your strengths and shortcomings relative to best practices. (And, I should add, those best practices are condensed from some of the most proven business concepts available today--stuff like The Lean Startup, Traction, Deep Work, and Business Model Generation that have provided the blueprints for many of the most successful businesses of our time.) The Roadmap then gives you concrete steps you can take that will not only improve your practices today, they will help you establish a learning organization that will better respond to the constantly evolving legal landscape of the future.
I personally have seen the Lawyerist approach work for dozens of lawyers and their teams, and I was excited when I first heard they were working on a book to present their methods. But the book itself has exceeded my already high expectations. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.