Today as a nation we are smarter in using energy and improving efficiencies because we have to be. By an example, it is documented that we can now deliver over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet global climate goals because we have improved energy efficiencies! If that is the case with energy then just think that if we can mimic efficiencies and alter some of the ways our business work just by avoiding duplicating efforts we can use that extra time in other areas in our organization. In addition, if small and mid-sized firms use automated processes whenever possible, that too will help minimize resources needed in our businesses. To be the most profitable and be a small law firm there is a need to do more with less. We have to begin thinking of building something worthwhile with what we have but which will improve productivity. We have to have a way to measure productivity and then we have to evaluate whether our goals can be met. In short, in order not to just stay in the race but to stay ahead, there is definitely a lot more we can do to create efficiencies. Part of that is to retain the personnel we have. Part of it is using our time more productively. Part of it is holding people more accountable. Part of it is using automated processes. Part of it is avoiding duplications. Part of it is evaluating where changes can be made.
The Nancy Grimes Simple Rules of Doing More with Less
1) Don’t try to offer everything to your clients.
2) Keep Focused on the Goals.
3) Evaluate everything you and your team does and discard duplicate processes.
4) Change the rules mid-stream and become more nimble and flexible, as needed.