A column for curious people.
A column for curious people.
What If is a column dedicated to finding a better way.
Often we find that people are still doing things the hard way, because "that's the way it's always been done." The What If contributors are a community of problem solvers...always looking for a better way.
This collaboration is geared to draw from a larger community. So as you read these columns think about your contribution to the next one. Do you have a technology pain point, challenge, or gripe, or just wonder if there is an easier way to handle some task that might be slowing you down. Share it with us.
What if you’re working from home and it's time to replace your aging laptop and smart phone. Now that you can’t just drop off your old machines in the IT Support office to be ‘wiped’ clear of client sensitive data, is there some other secure way to dispose of your old devices?
High-profile data thefts and losses have been all over the news in recent years. We have all seen movie scenes of folks going through dumpsters to try to find... Read more
Have you ever been in an online meeting where you wanted to have a side conversation with some, but not all, of the meeting participants?
Most law firms have designed their brick and mortar offices to provide small break out rooms adjacent to large conference rooms. This can make large meetings and negotiating sessions far more productive, by enabling confidential side-bar discussions where settlement trial balloons get floated or lawyers and clients speak privately about particular points in a merger or public offering.
Now the virtual world is catching up. Read more
At this point it’s only natural to wonder what will go wrong next. Hurricane season is here and a majority of us are still working from home, in varying states of lockdown. Ten days ago, tropical storm Isaias swept up the East Coast, knocking out utility service for millions of homeowners from South Carolina to Maine. So what is your back-up plan to ensure you can stay productive working from home in the face of the next named storm? Read more
Working from home means we must adapt and change our long-established routines. That can pose a major challenge for some lawyers, particularly for those who depend on their legal assistants to take dictation for all correspondence and legal memos. Senior partners spending all their time hunting and pecking on the keyboard results in major declines in productivity. Read more
Over the last few months, we’ve all had a chance to discover there are both pros and cons to working from home. One of the major drawbacks is that all too often we end up feeling bleary eyed and unproductive because there never seems to be enough screen display available in our home office setup. Read more
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