Strategy and Overdoing the Sports Analogy

By , November 8, 2015 8:33 am

by Philippe Cloutier

Planning for the Spring/Professional Development Workshop is underway. I’ve always felt that this educational piece has been one of the best features in LLOPS’ education benefit package. The workshop, monthly meetings, and happy-hour socials are our home run hitters in delivering education and networking.  As I work with and execute strategic plans at my job and with the AALL Executive Board, I can’t help but wonder: where should LLOPS be in the next few years and are there other home run or RBI hitters out there?

In terms of benefit, education and networking are internal, as are grants and employment. In developing our partnerships/value externally, LLOPS has joined the Northwest Legal Industry Alliance. This partnership has included joint programs and even a diversity symposium CLE. Our Government Relations is also an external feature that communicates our dedication to the legal playing-field. I only scorecard this so that we can gain a holistic understanding of LLOPS. I may be missing a few pieces but hopefully you get the picture of where we are (and how awesome we are too).

As I work on the Professional Development Committee, I hope members will ask themselves: what more can LLOPS do for you, how can LLOPS better partner with the larger legal community, and what role(s) would you like to have in LLOPS now and in the future? I also posit these questions to our leadership over the next several years. LLOPS finds itself in an exciting time to implement change and be the engines of innovation. We have excellent leadership today and on the horizon; I remain excited to see not only how how they answer my questions but even more so how they meet the challenges and questions I may not even think to ask.

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