Next Meeting: Saturday, September 16, 2017; 9:00am Social, 9:30am Meeting @ St. Dominic Gym

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association

Letter from LCIA President Brian Anderson

The Top 8 Things I Learned as LCIA President

On January 16, 2016 I will relinquish my position as President of LCIA to Joseph I. Giarrusso III. For those of you who don’t know Joe, let me assure you that Lakeview is in good hands. Joe is a prominent New Orleans lawyer with a stellar professional reputation and a great champion of all things Lakeview. If that doesn’t convince you, just know that he has a wonderful wife and two beautiful children who will certainly do their part to strengthen his resolve over the next 12 months. Joe attended high school at Jesuit, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Louisiana State University. There is no doubt in my mind that Joe will do a great job, as I am certain that he has both the knowledge and wisdom to lead. That being said, I have a few suggestions/observations that may help him throughout the year.

The following are 8 things that I learned as president of LCIA:

8. Not everyone’s vision of Lakeview will match yours. You will be in a position to make decisions that could potentially affect thousands of Lakeview residents. Trust your judgment, but listen to everyone that takes the time to reach out to you. You never know if that next piece of unsolicitedadvice will be the answer that you were seeking.

7. If you can’t take the criticism, you probably shouldn’t choose to lead. When you become president, you will quickly realize that not everyone voted for you. Criticism is a natural byproduct of being in the public eye and many things that are said about you will be either unfounded or total fabrications created to support an alternate opinion. Remember why you chose to lead and know that not everyone has to like or agree with you for you to be successful.

6. Look to the past. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, reach out to past presidents for guidance and assistance. Chances are that they have encountered the same issue and may be able to provide insight that will assist you in the future.

5. Trust the people around you. Surround yourself with smart civic minded individuals and you will be fine. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and lean on these people in times of uncertainty.

4. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate. There are not enough hours in a day or days in a year for one person to do it all.

3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Make no mistake that what you are doing for Lakeview is important and the feeling of self-accomplishment will be very rewarding. You are making a difference, but you are not the king of Lakeview (regardless of what your eight year old daughter will tell people). You are just “the next man up” following in a long line of great leaders, make your mark and pass the torch.

2. Enjoy your time as LCIA President. You will spend many long days dredging through the muck that comes with leadership. You will question yourself constantly and on occasion wonder why you chose to lead. But know in the end that every smiling face that you pass, whether they know it or not, owes you a debt of gratitude.

1. Make a Difference. LCIA has regular access to the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, and multiple State Representatives. Use those resources to make Lakeview better. There may never be a better opportunity for you to spark change in your community.

P.S. It has been a pleasure serving as LCIA President this year and I will always look back fondly on the memories made and the wonderful people that worked beside me.

Thank you all for allowing me to serve.


Brian E. Anderson