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How Contract Management Is Like Herding Toddlers

Remember the scene in Cheaper by the Dozen where the frog gets loose on the breakfast table and all twelve kids and both parents destroy the entire kitchen trying to catch the frog? You can refresh your recollection of the complete chaos that ensues here. For corporate counsel, contract management can be a little bit like […]

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Legal Operations is Not an Accident

For at least the last decade, in house legal teams have been told to bring more work in house while their overall budgets have been cut. The ‘do more with less’ mantra has become so ingrained in our minds that it’s now taken for granted that we annually examine our spend for places to cut […]

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Selling the Cost of Legal Ops

You are sold! A true believer in the benefits that implementing a complete department management solution like ALOE will achieve. One little problem – your company is so cheap that they don’t even provide pens or other basic office supplies. How are you going to sell the cost of implementing new software and the time […]

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Measuring Success

One of the great things about being in house is that we don’t have billable hours. Not tracking our time in 6-minute increments means we can spread our focus to things that don’t always have a direct connection to the bottom line. However, we can also be seen as chasing rabbits and completely ineffectual in […]

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Policy: Know Your Audience

When we first started to focus on policy development at Go Daddy, the company was quite small and there was no corporate history to review to determine what approach the company had taken in the past. Instead, the management team left it to me to determine what needed to be done. They were all busy […]

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Policy: Know Your Players

For more than ten years, as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of GoDaddy.com, I had the incredible privilege of witnessing, firsthand, an amazing evolution of law and policy on the Internet. In 2001, when I accepted the position (read also the story of Bigfork Tech) the Internet was a virtual wild west […]

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Excel Alternatives for Project Management

Upgrade your legal operations with ALOE (Automated Legal Operations Environment), a project management solution designed by in-house counsel for in-house counsel. Use ALOE and stop emailing Excel spreadsheets and take control of your projects and workflows. Fundamentals of Practical Project Management To manage the tasks of others, you need a tool that is designed for […]

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