Challenges for Beach Managers

Challenges for Beach Managers

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...
Are You Treating Your Employees Like Children?

Are You Treating Your Employees Like Children?

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...
Team Building: 5 Stages

Team Building: 5 Stages

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...
The Purpose of Opportunity

The Purpose of Opportunity

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...
Bribery is Bribery

Bribery is Bribery

When I was asked by Careers in Government to write a guest post, I thought about where my experience, as someone who was on the front lines of international business and who was charged and sentenced for foreign bribery (FCPA), might be relevant. So, I went to the...
9/11- Where Were You When the World Stopped?

9/11- Where Were You When the World Stopped?

Maybe you’re an Alan Jackson fan and maybe you’re not.  Either way I’m sure the question has come up in conversation in your life at least once.  Maybe you were asked by someone at a party or on the anniversary or just at one of those, well you know, those moments. ...
Leadership: Do They Know, Like and Trust You?

Leadership: Do They Know, Like and Trust You?

If they don’t, it may negatively affect your leadership status. Know, like and trust is a popular concept often applied in marketing efforts. The premise behind it is that consumers tend to buy from those whom they know, like and trust. The same idea applies to the...
Office Games

Office Games

When people talk about their managers and co-workers playing games at the office, they usually aren’t talking about Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Monopoly, or Scrabble. They are instead talking about people engaging in excessively political behavior,...
Onboarding the New Employee

Onboarding the New Employee

Based on my experience, some of today’s employees need a more hands-on approach to work ethic expectations. The best time to do that is when he or she starts with your entity. However, like many of you, I struggle with not only the “what,” but also the “how” of that...
Create ONE Team

Create ONE Team

What makes employees productive and engaged at work? A safe, inspiring work environment that consistently treats them with trust, respect, and dignity. The problem is that leaders typically put more time and energy into their team or department’s products and services...
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