Posted 4/24/2013 by Maggie Bieniek
Last Thursday, I woke up with a river in front of my house. It was almost seventy degrees outside and my neighbor was barefoot and knee-deep in rain water trying to rescue his drowning car. It was just a matter of time before the weather changed to sunny with a massive temperature drop. What we can learn from Mother Nature is that change is constant and inevitable. We have to learn to roll with the punches.
In my case, the flooding forced me to stay home where I tackled my reading list. I started with Peter Bregman’s book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, which was provided to BLI attendees and staff over a month ago. After scanning some of the chapters, it is evident that the professional world is also very much like the weather. Every day, we deal with changes, uncertainties, and concerns about time. One minute everything is dry and sunny and the next there is a massive flood because of forgotten deadlines, a crashed network, or a dip in non-dues revenue. All of these more minor interruptions come amidst a crisis in the legal profession and constantly advancing technology. To combat the onslaught, we need to take action. In Bregman’s words, instead of not rocking the boat, we need to “Rock on”. What is your association doing to rock the change? Updating your membership model? Starting a new program? Investing in social media? We’d love to know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.