If running and gunning are your go-to strategies to accomplish your daily tasks, a session at the 2019 NABE Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas offered a few alternatives to lighten your load.
Titled “Taking Care of Business (T.C.B.) in a Flash,” the session provided a list of “tips and tricks to help you leave the building.” Not by accident, the session was offered as a 30-minute “speed round”—perfect for those who prize every minute in their day.
As promised, the presentation came at attendees fast—perfect for an audience hungry for tactics to increase productivity. The format had a simple promise: If the tip currently being presented doesn’t appeal to you, wait 40 seconds, because another one is about to arrive.
The session was kept on track by moderator Steve Grumm, executive director of the Lancaster (Pa.) Bar Association and Foundation. Other speakers were Kathy Sabol, executive director of the Washington County (Pa.) Bar Association, and Sebrina Barrett, executive director at The Missouri Bar.
Each suggestion was paired with a single PowerPoint slide describing the tool’s features and benefits. The fast pace was eased by occasional “palate cleansers”—slides with Elvis Presley, whose appearance always brings a smile.
Here are a few of the speakers’ recommended methods to get a handle on your obligation-filled day.
Panelists started with that most versatile of resources—people. You may think you don’t have enough staff—and you may be right. But have you looked into the possibility of taking on interns? If you have a defined task that needs doing and that might offer an outsider a valuable experience, Sabol said, you may be in need of an intern.
And as for your staff on hand, consider how well you delegate. Not very well, if you’re like many people. But Barrett reminded busy attendees that effective delegating does more than empty your plate a little. It also provides an opportunity for staff to shine—or for you to confirm who is an underperformer. Both results provide actionable information.