Posted 7/12/2013 by Karyn Linn
After reading a recent blog post titled 7 Secrets for Successful Board Meetings, I was reminded that many bar associations welcome new officers and board members during the summer months. In fact, the Division for Bar Services updates more officer records in our database in June and July than any other time of year. If you are one of the many bar associations installing or preparing to install a new class of bar leaders this summer, here are some resources to help make sure everyone gets a fresh start to the new year.
If you (or a representative from your association) recently attended the ABA Bar Leadership Institute, a copy of the New Bar President and Members of the Board, is close at hand. This leadership handbook offers advice and guidance for bar leaders embarking on their leadership journey. It addresses the most frequently asked bar leader questions as well as best practices for the nonprofit community. The publication is succinct and also shares wisdom, tips and cautionary tales from both elected and staff leaders.
Leaders thrive best when they know their roles and responsibilities, and goals are clear. Visit the division’s online Governance Guide to get ideas for planning your next board orientation session, communicating board member roles and responsibilities, and advancing your association’s strategic plan.
And yes, meetings do matter! In addition to the post referenced above, the ABA Section of Litigation’s Sound Advice podcast on Meetings that Matter will help ensure your association’s meetings are time well spent and not just a necessary evil. Nan Joesten, Principal, Rapid Evolution LLC will give you 10 tips on how to lead and participate in productive meetings.
Be sure to visit the Division for Bar Services Online Resource Pages for more tips on how to help your bar leaders get a fresh start to the new year. If you have any fresh ideas at your disposal, please share them with us.