Barbara A. Foley, CLM, is Chief Operating Office at RatnerPrestia in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She served on the ALA Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009 and is a current member of the 2013 Annual Conference Planning Committee and the ALA International Relations Committee.
Do you often wonder what your managing partner is really thinking? Are there conversations that leave you contemplating the underlying meaning of what was said? Do you often wish that you could read his or her mind? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, mark your calendars for: A Candid Hour with Managing Partners. This session is being offered at the ALA Annual Conference on Monday, April 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m., and promises to hold your attention!
As legal administrators we wear many hats, and each of us has management positions that differ from one another’s. One common element is the need to continually help increase the success of our managing partners in leading the firm. This is not possible without careful analysis and a clear understanding of their needs. If we don’t understand the requirements, we can’t be effective.
At the same time, the need to evaluate our own performance is also a critical component in a successful managing partner/administrator team. Honest self-evaluation is difficult and requires confidence, patience and integrity. When was the last time you asked your managing partner, “How am I doing?” Are you hesitant to ask? Perhaps your comfort level will change after you hear from our panel of managing partners who will discuss the ups and downs of their working relationships with their legal administrators. They will discuss some of the challenges that exist and suggest methods for improvement.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn effective techniques for building a relationship with your managing partner based on trust and respect. You will learn how to improve your relationship with him or her, while developing a secure relationship and be able to function as a team. Regardless of how little or how much experience we have as legal administrators, we should all leave this session with a deeper understanding of what our managing partners really want. Start planning today, and make time for this important ALA session!