Linked – Mental Health Reminders in the Workplace.

Linked – Mental Health Reminders in the Workplace.

Could you do something for me? The next time you try to schedule a thirty-minute meeting with someone and see a thirty-minute break between long stretches of committed time, leave that time for them. Find a different time, if possible. Or go even further and commit to finding a time not immediately before or after another meeting. Let people have a few minutes. It’s good for all of our mental health. 

Linked – It’s Not Nagging: Effective Communication is Deliberately Redundant
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Linked – It’s Not Nagging: Effective Communication is Deliberately Redundant

It’s not nagging to follow up a meeting with an email summarizing the discussion. It’s good meeting etiquette. It’s not nagging to drop a group chat in Slack or Teams for updates. That’s what those tools are for. It’s also not nagging to expect your team to report progress in many ways. That’s their responsibility. 

Linked – Have the Right Expectations Regarding Artificial Intelligence

Linked – Have the Right Expectations Regarding Artificial Intelligence

Sharlyn chalks this up to AI still learning, but I don’t believe that’s correct. I don’t think Generative AI tools can come up with anything new. That’s not the way it works. Large language models are developed by ingesting and analyzing tons of existing data. Based on that data, they then mathematically conjure up the most likely response to your prompt. How could it come with a genuinely original icebreaker? 

It’s been a year of M365 Newsletters
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It’s been a year of M365 Newsletters

The M365 newsletter is a year old, and while it’s not been a huge commercial success, it’s been fun to do, and it’s brought some value to folks, whether they are paid or free subscribers. The big thing I wanted to mention is how being a subscriber and referring your peers could help get you a limited paid subscription for free:

Linked – Sure, You’ve Got an AI Policy, But Is Everyone Following It?
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Linked – Sure, You’ve Got an AI Policy, But Is Everyone Following It?

You can say that users aren’t allowed to use AI without approval, but as the link above points out, they’re going to anyway. And why wouldn’t they? Most of them are stressed and overworked, and you’re telling them not to use a tool that could cut some of the time spent completing assigned tasks. 

Good luck with that. 

Linked – Law Firms Start Training Summer Associates on Using Generative AI
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Linked – Law Firms Start Training Summer Associates on Using Generative AI

I’ve been saying this to anyone who will listen to me rant about it. Your IT or Training and Development teams can only go so far when it comes to training for AI. We can do some training around prompting, show them where to click to enter a prompt, and even show them how to integrate the AI responses into their work. 

What we can’t do is help them judge the results and iterate their prompts based on the results. That requires expertise in your practice area. That can only come from other lawyers. It’s also the much larger learning curve for working with AI.