e02 Mindset -Checklist Legal Podcast with Verity White 2018

Ep02 A contract is not a bit of paper

Ep02 A contract is not a bit of paper

MINDSET: Think Digitally

e02 Mindset -Checklist Legal Podcast with Verity White 2018

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Do you have an EXTRAordinary skill set?

On this episode of the Checklist Legal Podcast, we’ll go through:
• What a contract is and what it could be
• Who is a contract for? Who is the user of a contract?
• Why your ordinary laywering skills are not enough anymore and why you need an extraordinary skill set
• What does it mean to think digitally?
• How does digital thinking apply to building a contract?

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • We need to stop seeing a contract as a bit of paper. It’s not a bit of paper. A contract is ultimately a map to guide a relationship between people.
  • Contracts involve people and processes (not just paper and clauses), it is critically important you understand both.
  • As you listen to the next few episodes of the Checklist Legal Podcast and start considering re-working your contracts, remember to keep thinking digitally.
  • Think of your audience. Think of who uses your contracts. Think about ways your digital contract can best serve its users in a digital world and provide a guidepost for them in the contract relationship.
  • Once you start thinking digitally, your productivity naturally increases as you notice unnecessary things, process, and tasks and start to get rid of them.
  • Take the time to learn new digital skills and think about your work in the digital context – build an EXTRAordinary skillset.
  • Remember that thinking digitally and digitisation is ‘…less as a thing [in itself] and more a way of doing things.’

 A contract is a digital tool with the power to enhance your personal and professional productivity. Start exploring what it means for a contract to be a contract in our digital world.

ACTIONABLE CHALLENGE

Start keeping an Evernote note or Nozbe list or even a memo note in your phone of all the unnecessary steps you start to think about or see in relation to the contracts you come across. You can refine this list later into a list of ‘things to fix’ when you are reviewing contracts. You could also start a list of questions to ask your colleagues or clients about why a process or approval is done that (unproductive) way.

Tweet me your lists @checklistlegal, I’d love to hear what you find.

LINKS

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