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Bar News - November 19, 2014


Leadership Academy: Lessons on Leading Highlighted at Retreat
Class of 2015
Nicholas F. Casolaro
Talesha L. Caynon
Kristina Cerniauskaite
Amy C. Connolly
James P. Cowles
Joseph H. Driscoll IV
Susan Aileen Lowry
Kathleen M. Mahan
Jacob J.B. Marvelley
Kristin A. Ross
Lynne Guimond Sabean
James C. Shaw
Daniel J. Swegart
Steven J. Venezia

The 14 participants in the NH Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2015 have jumped into their training and collaborative work with energy and imagination following a get-acquainted reception and a day-and-a-half retreat last month.

The Oct. 9 reception brought together the Academy attorneys, who have been in practice for three to 10 years, with members of the three previous Leadership Academy classes and the steering committee, which planned the program and will oversee the Academy through the year. About 50 people attended the reception at the Bar Center, including spouses or partners of the participants.

The retreat at the Wolfeboro Inn last month included some practical instruction on knowing your personality style as it applies to working in groups, as well as an introduction to Bar Association services and structure. The group also started discussing Academy projects, including organizing the last educational module of the year, which will examine the future of the legal profession and the bar association.

Sylvio Dupuis, whose resume includes stints as mayor of Manchester, president of two institutions of higher education, CEO of Catholic Medical Center and the non-lawyer managing executive of the McLane law firm, presented his philosophy of leadership.

Dupuis interspersed examples from his career with principles of leadership and professionalism. Recalling the creation of Catholic Medical Center, which brought together two Catholic hospitals onto a single site in west Manchester, he talked about how he built support and trust of the employees. He placed a scale model of the new hospital site in the lobby, creating a tangible, unavoidable focus on the goal.

Arthur’s Rules
• If you don’t say it, you won’t have to take it back.
• If you don’t lie, you will never have to remember anything.
• Don’t join an organization unless you intend to become president or chair.
• Don’t do it if you wouldn’t want to read it on the front page of the Union Leader.
• Use a modified Golden Rule – learn to treat people as they want to be treated, and not how you want to be treated.

Networking is something Dupuis practices every day. He has a practice of sending at least three personal notes – of congratulations, thanks, helpful advice, etc. – every day. (Email doesn’t count.) He says it’s important to consider the interpersonal interactions you have, and to ask, “Was that a transaction, or is that a relationship? What do I want it to be?”

Sometimes, he said, you have to stand your ground, recalling that as a non-lawyer executive director for the McLane law firm, the staff was asked to leave for an executive session involving the partners only. Dupuis told the lawyers that if they were going to be discussing key matters of the firm, he, as the firm’s administrator, should be present. He stayed.

Dupuis also shared several simple precepts that guide his professional life. He calls them “Arthur’s Rules” in honor of his father.

Next up for the Leadership Academy are modules on the New Hampshire business community (Nov. 13) and the NH Judicial Branch (Dec. 5). Find out more about the Leadership Academy.


NHBA Leadership Academy Class of 2015, left to right. Front row: Amy Connolly, Kristina Cerniauskaite, Susan Lowry, Lynne Guimond Sabean, Joseph Driscoll, James Cowles, and Kathleen Mahan. Back row: Nicholas Casolaro, Steven Venezia, James Shaw, Jacob Marvelley, Daniel Swegart, Talesha Caynon, and Kristin Ross.

Sylvio Dupuis, well-known in Manchester as a community and business leader, relayed these rules for dealing with people, named for his father, at a recent retreat for the NHBA Leadership Academy Class of 2015.

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