Recognition & Collaboration
Winning is nice, but sharing is better.
Sorry. I didn’t mean to get all What-I-learned-in-kindergarten-y right off
the bat. But a recent trip to Denver reminded me about what drives us all
toward achieving great things at our jobs.
Here is the short version of our good news:
On October 12, at a conference in Colorado, ARIZONA ATTORNEY was
recognized with a Luminary
Award for excellence by the
National Association of Bar
Executives, an ABA affiliate.
The brief takeaway is that we
are the best bar magazine in the
country (in the large-bar cate-
gory). Congratulations and
thank you to all of our authors,
our talented staff, and our
amazing Editorial Board.
A longer description of our
accomplishment can be found
Hearing the magazine’s
name announced at that Friday
luncheon was a terrific honor.
But an even more fulfilling event the day before helps me remember that age-
ARIZONA ATTORNEY Editor Tim Eigo holds Luminary Award, Oct. 12, 2012. Also
pictured: Christina Steinbrecker-Jack, Fastcase Bar Relations Manager, and
Sharon Nolan, NABE Communications Section Chair.
Smart people + Challenging ideas = Engagement and Satisfaction
My Thursday pleasure involved not an award but a panel discussion. As
moderator, I had been privileged for the previous few months to collaborate
with leading bar communicators from around the country. Our goal was an
engaging seminar that addressed a key audience challenge: How to create and
manage the content to fill multiple communications channels (well beyond
print), in a way that provides value to our audiences. And, by the way, we must
achieve that task without losing our minds, given that there are only so many
hours in the day.
Thank you to our intrepid panel: Ann Murphy, of the Bar Association of
San Francisco; Joyce Hastings, of the State Bar of Wisconsin;
and Kerstin Firmin, of the Contra Costa County Bar
Association. They all define what it means to be a professional.
And besides wowing the audience, each of them provided me
at least three ideas that I will shamelessly steal to make our
own operation more effective.
Our Denver presentation reminded me also that one of the
best ways we all may learn is when we take up the opportunity
to teach. I am looking forward to a similar event next February
(on the topic of social media), so I can already feel the gears
beginning to grind.
How do you keep your work fresh and your skills sharp?
Does interaction with colleagues help you keep current with
best practices in your practice area?
I’d enjoy hearing your own story. Write to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. AZ AT
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