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About Gabe Gabrielsen

Gabe Gabrielsen is a retired Air Force Officer who after 30 years of working with the challenges government officials face, co-founded Local Government Resources. His most recent publication is “Pearls of Wisdom … The Unofficial Guide for Local Public Officials”

Website: http://www.betterpublicofficials.com

Follow Gabe Gabrielsen on Twitter: @LocalGovtMan

How Local Government Decisions Are Made

Posted on December 13th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector. No Comments

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 »


Organizational Leaders: Their Work Habits

Posted on August 3rd, by Gabe Gabrielsen in Career Advice. No Comments

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 »


Dress Like an Organizational Leader

Posted on June 5th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in Career Advice. No Comments

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 »


Write Like an Organizational Leader: 5 Simple Rules

Posted on May 10th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in Career Advice. No Comments

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 »


Why Most Economic Development Efforts Fail

Posted on August 24th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector, Trends. 2 comments

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 »


Why Most Economic Development Efforts Fail

Posted on August 16th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector, Trends. No Comments

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 »


Why Most Local Governments Fail at Economic Development

Posted on July 14th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector, overview, Trends. 1 Comment

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 »


Seven Mentors for Those Who Wish to Serve in Government

Posted on May 29th, by Gabe Gabrielsen in Career Advice, personality assessment. No Comments

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 »


Local Government Term Limits

Posted on February 1st, by Gabe Gabrielsen in About the Public Sector, overview. No Comments

Any individual who advocates for mandatory local government term limits for local government offices has either never worked in local government or Is a fool.

Term limits for County Board, City Council, Mayor, Township, Borough, Parish or School Board public offices would be a disaster. In my opinion they would create three things:

Inconsistent local government policies
Absurd … Read More »


Three Indispensable Tools for Local Government Managers

Posted on January 23rd, by Gabe Gabrielsen in Career Advice, on the job. No Comments

Time management is critical for local government administrators and managers. During my career in local government I found three tools that helped me retain control of my time. With the New Year here I thought I’d share these tools to see if you can incorporate them for your use.

The Background
Shortly after assuming my initial role … Read More »