The Digital Age is Here
We now live in the Information Age where factory jobs are on the wane and information jobs are on the rise.
For lawyers, this should be a huge opportunity.
Think About It
Managing digital information requires thinking skills, which is what “knowledge work” is all about. Lawyers are classic “knowledge workers” because our jobs have long required us to solve problems by thinking.
Of course, there are different levels of thinking.
Low-level thinking is about solving simple problems. Difficult problems require higher-level thinking.
And as you probably can guess, you’ll earn more when you’re doing higher-level thinking.
Working Smarter is about doing more high-level thinking. Because, for one thing, that’s how you’ll earn more money. But, equally important, working smarter is also about not getting burned out by work.
If you can get more of your knowledge work done with less effort, and less stress, then you’re working smarter.
When you can earn a good living AND have lots of free time to enjoy your personal life, then you’re definitely working smarter.
When you work smarter you’ll be able to automate a lot of legal work and save a bunch of time while also dramatically lowering your overhead. To be more specific, working smarter enables you to:
- Work easily from anywhere because you can leverage a cloud-based, paperless document management system.
- Use text macros to create legal documents up to 500% faster (and do so more reliably).
- Process emails in seconds (and filter out 80% of the noise automatically).
- Be totally confident because your data is fully secure from intruders.
- Use outsourcing to get tedious work done cost-effectively by people who can work as much or as little as you need (even legal work).
Yes, technology can often be confusing. And it’s often complicated and always changing. And so you have to have the right mindset and approach to use technology effectively. And, unfortunately, not everyone has the right mindset.
But, with the proper mindset, there are several principles you can use to fully harness the power of digital technology in amazing ways. Specifically, there are three primary ones.
Develop and refine systems to get work done quickly & reliably (and enable greater delegation).
Turn your practice into a well-oiled machine that runs more by itself—i.e. with minimal effort on your part.
Offload everything you don’t enjoy doing to others (using outsourcing as much as possible)
“I recommend Ernie to anyone who wants to work smarter, watching everyone else run around in circles.”
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A Stubborn Truth...
The old ways of doing things don’t work as well as they used to. That should be obvious by now.
There are new ways of running a law practice (or any modern business) that are much better.
What lawyers say
about their experiences...
“I really feel that Ernie understands the challenges lawyers face when running their business.”Bin Xia Zhang– Quebec, Canada
“I learned how to develop systems to make my practice more efficient and profitable.”Christine Senne—Orlando, FL
“I have been practicing for nearly 43 years, so I’ve been around long enough to recognize the real deal. Ernie is the real deal.”Tom Walker– Boise, ID
“My practice has grown exponentially.”Stephanie Quigley– New Orleans, LA
“You are showing lawyers how to transform their small firm practices in a way I don't see anyone else being able to do.”Todd Smith– Austin, TX