Chances are, every president-elect has a slightly different experience while preparing to take office. This post reflects my experiences along the road to the presidency of the Indiana State Bar Association, a wholly independent, voluntary bar association with over 12,000 members, (approximately 2/3 of all the lawyers who practice in Indiana).
At the ISBA, the bar leadership ride of a lifetime begins soon after the Nominating Committee selects the vice president nominee in late spring from one of four districts in an annually rotating pattern. No nominee expects nomination, but serial leaders should not be surprised to get the call. My ride began in September 2012, one month before my vice presidential election, when then President-Elect Dan Vinovich invited my immediate predecessor, Jim Dimos, and me to develop a collaborative, three-year leadership plan that we now call the “Rolling Plan” (I’ll write more about that wonderful idea in a later post). Dan launched that plan in his inaugural speech, and our train flew out of the station.