I am happy to share with you my plans as President of LESI for the 2016-2017 term. The full text appears in the June 2016 issue of LESI Global News.
I will devote my term to 4Cs: CONSOLIDATION, COMPETITION, CONTINUITY and CONNECTIONS.
The first C is CONSOLIDATION. It is a time to build on our many strengths and the fantastic work that our past international presidents have left for us to carry on. Plans should be translated into achievable, measurable and time-bound action items. With your help, I hope to have a fruitful term that is marked by concrete action, even if we sometimes have to take small steps to reach our goals.
The second C is COMPETITION. It is a time for serious stock taking in view of the fierce competition we face from other intellectual property organizations which may be seen as having more attractive programs or other offerings that compete for the time and attention of our members. It is therefore necessary to differentiate LESI from all of them and highlight the value that we can deliver, but others cannot, or which we can deliver better. We need to be clear and in-sync about what the LESI brand stands for.
I will continue Past President Jim Sobieraj’s focus on the LESI value proposition and its four main deliverables: Meetings/Publications/Communications/ Education. The results of the Long Range Planning Committee’s survey, as well as the discussions at the Lisbon Winter Planning Meeting, confirm how critical these four deliverables are in retaining existing members and attracting new members. Therefore, I am committed to carrying this initiative over into my term and seeking new and fresh ways to further improve our deliverables.
The third C is CONTINUITY. Continuity not only means forging on with the good work and programs started by my predecessors, but also ensuring that LESI not only survives but thrives even under the most challenging circumstances. The 2016-17 Board will turn the results of the Long Range Planning Committee’s survey into a true strategic plan that will guide us through the next 5 to 10 years. We will likewise give the national societies and the international committees the tools they need to adopt and implement these strategic plans.
Finally, the fourth C is CONNECTIONS. We are not only differentiated from other IP organizations by our value proposition. I have always believed that the core strength of LESI is its diverse and highly capable membership. More than the educational content or other benefits that we derive from LESI, it is the personal interaction that makes the work we put into LESI worthwhile. It is the human connection that draws us to the meetings and conferences. While LESI’s members are the national societies and not the individuals, it is the stories of the individuals that inevitably draw, engage and connect us.
Indeed, it is this engagement and connection that have enabled us to work actively and tirelessly for LES. I thank you all for your support, encouragement and good wishes. It will be an exciting year!