We recently celebrated the 4th of July and I couldn’t help but think back to my years in local government where I learned Americans disliked paying taxes – any kind of taxes – Federal, State and Local – but especially local property taxes and that so many candidates who ran for local office proclaimed – … Read More »
Most people, in the United States, have an opinion about our government – whether it be the Federal Government, their State Government or their local government. After serving 30 plus years in government I know opinions about government change: they change from year to year, month to month and even day to day based on … Read More »
People are often surprised at the decisions local government officials and business leaders make. It’s common to hear individuals say “What the heck were they thinking” when they made that decision? Since I enjoyed fantastic careers in both local government and business I observed the decision making processes of governmental bodies and senior business teams … Read More »
This is the third article in a series of five highlighting the simple differences between organizational managers and organizational leaders. The first highlighted how great leaders write slightly different then Managers. The second focused on the fact that great leaders dress a little different than most managers. This article will address the subtle, but noticeable, … Read More »
This is the second article of a five part series. The first article focused on ‘Writing Styles’ of organizational leaders; this will article ponder the Dress and Appearance of the men and women who actually lead and transform organizations.
As stated in article one, I had a fantastic opportunity, early in my career, to work with … Read More »
Every organization has managers and leaders. Managers are needed to maintain the organization’s functions; leaders are necessary to transform an organization. Leaders differ from managers in five distinct areas: Writing Style, Dress, Work Habits, Speech Patterns and Commitment. This article will focus on the ‘Writing Styles’ of organizational leaders.
Early in my career I was fortunate … Read More »
This is the third article of a four-part series entitled Why Local Governments Fail at Economic Development. The first article addressed how local government officials “fail to define and sell their unique sizzle” – the things that make their community great and the things that set them apart from other communities – things that will … Read More »
This is the second article in a four-part series on Why Local Governments Fail at Economic Development. The first article addressed how local government officials “fail to define and sell the sizzle” that makes their community attractive for a new businesses considering relocating there. Local public officials love to pitch the fact that they have … Read More »
Many local governments are desperate for economic development; they want their jobs in their communities. Unfortunately most local governments fail miserably at inducing business growth. Below is a simple ‘how-to’ lesson local governments can use to initiate economic development.
Years ago there was a popular television series based on a father raising three sons. No, it … Read More »
Warning: Read with care. The thoughts shared below are not intended for everyone. The ideas that follow are meant for local government public officials and career professionals who really want to make a difference.
People often comment on the significant accomplishments I have made in my life. Though I am not sure any of … Read More »