I need to apologize to the LMA membership. I was being recruited by several senior (all Hall of Fame) members of our beloved association to run for president this year. I even had a member of our PR community working on message points … it was that important to this group to change the leadership course of LMA.
After a long deliberation, and many phone calls, I declined.
I declined because I felt that my voice would be better suited for outside the leadership vacuum of LMA.
And today I was proven so right.
The LMA board, without input from it’s members, has decided to do away with three programs: Your Honor Awards, Hall of Fame, and Rising Stars. I only know this as the information started leaking to me last night. As I type this, I still haven’t received my official notification from LMA.
Today I am calling for:
TRANSPARENCY from the LMA leadership. Who came up with this? ACI? SmithBucklin? What was the timeline for this? Where is the market research in support of this? Where is this “strategic plan”?
MEMBER SURVEYS to actually find out what the needs of the membership are. Enough already.
AN END TO THE SLATE. We need open elections, or at least the ability to have competition and a diversity of voices. The pathway to leadership is a roadblock. I won’t even share my personal experience.
ACCOUNTABILITY for whomever is making these decisions.
RESTORATION to the MEANING behind our tagline: “The Authority for Legal Marketing.”
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