Theory of Constraints for Estate Planning Attorneys

Jul 31, 2017 1:34:44 PM

Learn more on how the Theory of Constraints relates to your estate planning practice and your ability to achieve your goals.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Unbeknownst to you, there could be several weak links right in your office. These weak links are “bottlenecks,” or practices that gum up the works of your firm. Another word for them is “constraints.”

The Theory of Constraints

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) states that every manageable system has a small number of constraints that limit its ability to achieve goals. Some systems may have just one constraint holding them back from reaching their fullest potential. Constraints can be anything that prevents a system from succeeding. It is up to you to identify and eliminate them. In the law firm, there are three common constraints:

1. Your People

Your associates are the lifeblood of your operation, but they can also be its downfall. You might have employees who have worked for you for years, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. There could be bottlenecks such as someone who insists on writing instead of typing or personnel taking lengthy lunch breaks.

Conduct periodic performance assessments to see where your people could improve, and instill a culture of continuous improvement at your firm. No one is perfect–teach your employees that it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as they learn from them.

2. Your Policies

The policies and procedures your firm follows could have room for improvement. Interviews are crucial to understanding your clients’ needs, but is your interviewing process effectively optimized? Upon inspection, you may realize that client conversations drag on too long; fail to produce clear solutions; or lead to tremendously involved busywork on the backend for your staff.

Assess your policies and see how you can improve, such as by investing in Wealth Docx® to create and store documents.

3. Your Equipment

Your equipment might be dragging you down. Old, outdated, and confusing software programs can lead to wasted time and miscommunications. Bust this constraint by using Wealth Docx, and you’ll never have to doubt your equipment again. You’ll gain access to customizable features, client-centric intuitive programs, simple document drafting, and more. It could hold the key to enormous growth potential. Learn more about the exciting opportunities Wealth DocX can create for your firm here, or call or email our team to discuss solutions to streamline your practice.

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