In the 1950s film, Some Like It Hot, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis have been on the run from the Mafia for most of the film dressed as women in an all-female jazz orchestra including Marilyn Monroe. They end up in a hotel full of retired millionaire widowers on the make for pretty girls.
One such … Read More »
Are you part of a compliant or committed organization?
Too many managers and leaders expect and encourage their employees to be compliant. They neglect to fully account for their employees’ desires or opinions.
They assume their employees will automatically commit to a new direction or strategy. They believe they should not have to ask for people’s commitment. … Read More »
Applying for a position with the Federal government is quite different than applying for a private sector job. A common mistake job seekers make is assuming they can use their private sector resume for a Federal application. If that’s your assumption, you’ll need to re-think your strategy. Your private sector resume will need a major … Read More »
Recently I had the pleasure of attending the International City/County Manager’s Association (ICMA) 100th anniversary celebration in North Carolina. There were many informational sessions and as an MPA student the knowledge I learned there was invaluable.
The last session I attended was called “The Future of the Workplace” and it was filled with city, county, and … Read More »
Picking a career as a City/Town manager in itself is a challenge to balance the needs and wants of a community while doing it in a fiscally conservative manner, but throw in the location of the Town next to the Ocean and the task can expand exponentially.
My first experience with coastal infrastructure was beach re-nourishment … Read More »
There has been a lot of advice on how to effectively work with Millennials. It tends to center around giving the Millennials what they crave—praise, feedback, awards, structured mentoring and training, opportunities for development, and exciting, life-fulfilling work. Experts on Millennials tend to get this information by surveying Millennials about what they want. However, in … Read More »
Emails, notes, and letters: whichever method you choose to thank the interviewer, the goal is the same. You want to thank the hiring manager for taking the time to interview you and show your interest towards the position.
What is a Thank You Letter?
A post-interview thank you letter is used to show you appreciated the opportunity … Read More »
In order to fully understand the concepts of organizations and how they develop it is important to understand the steps it takes to actually build teams within the group. According to Organizational Behavior (5th ed.), the development of a team is divided into 5 steps. The steps are Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. In … Read More »
Many years ago, I received as a rather unique gift, a ball from major league baseball’s 1994 World Series—the series that was never played because of a labor dispute between players and team owners. The regular season that year ended prematurely and no playoffs would take place. Like most major sports enterprises, and particularly when those industries … Read More »
The British cycling team has been an astounding success in recent years. Much has been made of their meticulous approach to preparing for the London Olympics. In particular, they embedded small behavioural habits incrementally into their routines so they became second nature. This is a lesson for professionals everywhere who want to take charge of … Read More »