Archive for March, 2013

You need only to follow what is going on in Washington to witness first-hand how ineffective poor leadership can be.  With a lack of strong leadership in both parties, the results are continuous stalemates, incessant rhetoric, meaningless legislation to score points with voters and, generally speaking, no progress.


This past Friday, I was thrilled to witness the results of great leadership.  I was asked to be a Special Aide tophoto this year’s Grand Marshal of the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Patrick Dunican, Chairman of Gibbons law firm. The parade was a great success, and through Patrick’s efforts, raised over $100,000 to benefit local Newark charities, a record for the event.  As I walked around and asked people what they believed made it such a success, everyone resoundingly agreed that it was Patrick’s planning efforts and dedication to this event and his role as Grand Marshal, embracing the responsibilities with vigor and passion. He convinced local businesses such as Prudential, Verizon and the NJ Devils to participate, and held countless meetings with local groups based in the Newark community to help generate excitement for the day’s events.


While the entire day was a success, the real evidence of great leadership was seen at the post-parade cocktail reception, sponsored by Gibbons.  Held at the NJ Performing Arts Center, many of the sponsors and parade participants were attendance.  But the group was largely comprised of Gibbons employees. They are certainly a motivated and energetic bunch!  Their support of their chairman’s leadership and vision for their firm’s growth and reputation was clearly evident as they cheered and applauded during his remarks, particularly when he referred to their firm as “The Great Gibbons Law Firm.”  It was just as fascinating to hear about the rich history Gibbons has in the city of Newark.  Patrick’s down-to-earth style and vibrancy permeated through the Gibbons staff and their families.


As managing partner of WS+B, I soaked in the many new experiences presented throughout the day, learning from this example of great leadership.


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