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Why Most Legal Dept. Strategic Plans Fail (and Why Yours Won’t)

January 14, 2021 Jodie Baker
If you feel mired in Month 13 of a tough year, it’s easy to miss the fresh energy that traditionally fuels so many strategic plans and New Year’s resolutions. It’s tempting to wait or skip planning altogether.
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Yearly Planning in an Abnormal Year

December 14, 2020 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments that proactively pause to plan for the “new normal” will be better prepared for the transition, be better equipped to handle non-COVID work, and will weather what promises to be another strange year with less stress.
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Tighter Budget? Ten Tactics for Handling Your Biggest Expense: External Resources

November 24, 2020 Jodie Baker
When it comes to legal ops, there are many straightforward steps you can take that will take little time and cost no extra money, but pay ample dividends in terms of expedience and sanity.
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Low-Fuss, No-Budget Ideas for Improving Your Legal Ops in 2021

November 10, 2020 Jodie Baker
When it comes to legal ops, there are many straightforward steps you can take that will take little time and cost no extra money, but pay ample dividends in terms of expedience and sanity.
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Forecasting Legal Operations in 2021

October 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
It’s Q4 2020 – time for budgets, planning, and predictions for the year ahead. When it comes to legal operations, we can share a forecast based on data.
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What’s the Real State of Legal Operations – and What Does It Mean for You?

September 21, 2020 Jodie Baker
Xakia shares the results of the Legal Operations Health Check, the most practical look yet at how Legal Departments across the spectrum of size, industry and geography are evolving their Legal Department tools, policies and procedures.
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Movember Case Study

August 5, 2020 Jodie Baker
The Movember Foundation chose Xakia to coordinate communication among lawyers on three continents and its seasonal secondees.
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Batelco Case Study

June 25, 2020 Jodie Baker
Batelco selected Xakia to deliver reliable matter intake – and now uses the software to make data-driven performance goals.
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Automate Your LegalOps To-Do List

June 1, 2020 Jodie Baker
Most helpful, the Legal Operations Health Check will recommend straightforward tactics to help you become more effective and efficient – a plan to thrive during and after the coronavirus.
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Survive or Thrive? What Visibility Can Mean for Your Team Right Now

May 13, 2020 Jodie Baker
This blog series has focused on Agile, a way of working that’s being used by more than 70 percent of our business colleagues, according to the Project Management Institute, and an increasingly popular matter management system for in-house teams.
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Agile for Legal Departments: System for Stress Relief

April 22, 2020 Jodie Baker
As a practice management system Agile offers Legal Departments collaboration, expedience and communication. Learn how it can work for in-house law.
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Are You Ready for a New Way to Work? Three Critical Questions

March 30, 2020 Jodie Baker
Could an Agile system help with legal operations and management of remote legal departments? Three questions in-house legal departments should answer.
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Take Your Legal Department Remote Tomorrow

March 16, 2020 Jodie Baker
The five things you need to do now to prepare your in-house legal team for a quick transition to a virtual Legal Department.
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Video: Build your Legal Department Strategy in 1 hour on 1 page

February 20, 2019 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments are so often buried in work that it’s hard, if not impossible, to pause and contemplate strategic projects. However, without a strategic plan, your Legal Department will be trapped under 'busywork' and unable to accomplish meaningful improvements or demonstrate value.
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Guest Post: How General Counsel Can Be Strategic Business Partners

January 29, 2019 Ian Nolan, Brightflag CEO
As a recent general counsel and chief legal officer for Toll Group, Adam Martin understands the evolving role of corporate legal counsel. He was a senior legal leader for the global transportation and logistics company for almost 20 years
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Flying Blind? Half of Legal Departments Work Without a Strategic Plan

January 9, 2019 Jodie Baker
Nearly half of corporate Legal Departments are working without a formal plan, according to Xakia’s Legal Operations Health Check. This survey polled in-house lawyers and legal operations personnel on five continents; it provides valuable insights on the state of strategic planning within legal operations, providing data on alignment, metrics and more.
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Three Steps to Executing Your Legal Department Strategy

December 17, 2018 Jodie Baker
Two-thirds to three-quarters of large organizations struggle to implement their strategies. Are you ready to start 2019 with some strategic direction? Download Xakia’s ready-to-use Legal Department Strategic Plan Template today.
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Tighter Hiring Leaves Legal Departments Seeking Revolutionary Solutions

December 10, 2018 Mitch Clarke
Legal Departments Share How They Manage Budgets and Finances
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Legal Department Strategic Plans: Maximum Impact, Minimal Navel-Gazing

December 5, 2018 Jodie Baker
Why should Legal Departments make strategic plans? According to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Legal Operations Maturity Model Toolkit, there are five primary reasons to engage in strategic planning.
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Data-Driven: Kansas City Area Transit Authority

December 3, 2018 Mitch Clarke
Legal Departments Share How They Manage Budgets and Finances
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Legal Depts: Show Me the Money!

November 14, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legal Departments Share How They Manage Budgets and Finances
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Make the Most of a Small Legal Budget

October 24, 2018 Jodie Baker
More money, more problems? For small Legal Departments, the opposite may be true: While their budgets may have fewer zeroes than their larger counterparts, the pressure to deliver with fewer people and fewer resources is huge.
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White Paper: LegalTech Roadmap

September 10, 2018 Jodie Baker
Our white paper will show you how to write a legal technology business case that doesn’t simply ask for “more lawyers,” but considers the processes and systems to streamline delivery and increase accuracy. We have also included a template to get your legal technology roadmap started.
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LegalTech by the Numbers: In-House Lawyers Share Wants, Needs and Pain Points

July 31, 2018 Jodie Baker
Since Xakia launched the Legal Operations Health Check, in-house counsel on five continents have completed the online assessment. Two months later, their responses provide a quantitative look at the real state of legal operations in departments of all sizes.
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Success Factors for Implementing LegalTech

July 12, 2018 Jodie Baker
The best legal technology can be doomed to fail without a purposeful plan for the human beings who will use it. Here are tips for securing leadership support, fostering user involvement….and overcoming your lawyers’ skepticism.
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Legal Tech & Small Departments

June 27, 2018 Jodie Baker
Legaltech isn’t just for large law departments. Learn how three small legal teams deployed technology to find efficiency and time savings.
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Make your CIO Happy

June 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
As you explore legal tech solutions, it’s imperative to get buy-in from your IT department. You are more likely to succeed if you understand the IT team’s concerns and go in prepared. We provide 10 questions to get you started.
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LegalTech - information security checklist

June 13, 2018 Brett Graves
Legal Departments are acutely aware of the importance of protecting company information. Ensuring legal technology tools meet appropriate information security standards is critical to any procurement decision, and this checklist will help you to move through the Q&A stage as quickly as possible.
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Faster Horses

May 30, 2018 Anne Post
Legal departments face a messy and mutating maze of regulations and a bigger workload. As the work expands, three options emerge: Hire more lawyers, spend more on outside lawyers, or find new ways of doing things.
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Deliver Conference ROI in Four Steps

May 13, 2018 Jodie Baker
Four practical tips for Legal Departments to make the most of the lessons and expertise delivered at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s 2018 Conference
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Workflow Management: Critical Issues

April 20, 2018 Jodie Baker
Our findings from the Legal Operations Health Check, including trends and benchmarking data.
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Legal Operations: Take the Health Check

April 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
Interested in legal operations but not sure where to start? Our Legal Operations Health Check will give you recommendations in 30 minutes.
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Webinar: The Art of In-House Legal Reports

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
Who should receive them? What to include? How do they help your team?
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Advancing Strategy or Fighting Fires?

March 28, 2018 Jodie Baker
How do we ensure that in-house counsel are engaged in strategy instead of inundated by legal whack-a-mole? Legal operations provides a surprisingly straightforward solution: Track your activity, measure its strategic value, and make smart, data-driven change.
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Corporate Legal Operations White Paper

March 6, 2018 Jodie Baker
This white paper is suitable for companies of any size to guide the beginnings for implementing successful corporate legal operations initiatives in four simple steps.
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