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Last night was my family’s traditional “year in review: Christmas reflection” night. After unwinding from an intense dance-off to “old town road” with our seven-year-old nephew, we composed ourselves around a 200 sq. ft kitchen. Dad finally posed the question for us to converse about and take turns answering, “What are a few of the ways the pandemic changed you this year?” The sirens in my mind went off. Here we are, a middle-class, healthy,…
One of the hardest elements to building out a department in a company will always be the seemingly easiest ask: What are the goals? What are the problems, and how are you going to fix them?  In community, I’m constantly reminded to assess the goals of all projects and to measure the why before I measure the scalability or scope of something. Tactics get placed on the back burner if intention isn’t explicitly clear. Why talk about…
Finding the thought leaders. Those are the goals of this community leader program. Going through the list of practice areas, identifying legal topics currently being covered in LexBlog’s network, identify the thought leaders in each, and marching onward to get more lawyers blogging and more firms syndicating. There are thousands of legal bloggers, both inside LexBlog’s network and outside it. But despite the volume of legal bloggers and intake forms, are connections being shared?…
community leader program what will be covered in this blog post:  goals of the community leader program why you? what’s the benefit? how will it work? looking for the helpers Community leaders and role models are in every industry. They are the ones who stand out, the ‘go-to’ experts, the leaders who you can rely on for honest, timely information that is relevant to their reader/ client. What would it mean to let leaders lead;…
Remember 2-a-day practice days when you were in high school sports? Generally a workout or practice in the morning before classes start, and again after the day was over. After 4 weeks of 2-a-day practices and workouts the result is clear: mistakes lessen, teamwork increases, grit gets built, and avoidable mishaps get more easily avoidable. Take that concept, and integrate it over to building out an FAQ on blogging – what does it look like?…
I swear every time I read a new article about community building in the new virtual world we’re living it, I get different information and read contrasting tactics/ arguments from community managers trying to figure it out. Remember when COVID first hit back in February, and the information coming out changed on the daily? “You can get this virus in the air…” “you can only get this virus in droplets on surfaces”….”this virus is only…
Rebuilding companies as communities I found an article written over 10 years ago that re-surfaced itself as the top hit when I typed into google search, “companies that utilize community leaders to grow.” This article, written by the Harvard Business Review author Henry Mintzberg, introduces the idea of rebuilding companies as communities rather than hierarchies . Though he starts out by touching on the benefits of individualism for developmental and promotional advancements, he dismantles old…