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Managing a municipality is no easy task. It involves setting policies, managing public services, listening to the community’s concerns, supervising staff, implementing an annual budget, and identifying new approaches to solving common problems. Given the complexity involved in providing people the services they need day-to-day, many communities choose to hire a professional city manager.
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A career in the nonprofit world is more than a job — it’s a mission and a calling. Nonprofit management is an exciting, dynamic career that offers an opportunity to pursue your passions, lead social change, and help make the world a better place. Whether it’s helping the homeless, raising funds to find a cure … Read More »
No matter how many times mentors say them, there are eight golden nuggets of been-there-done-that wisdom that no one (well, almost no one) ever follows; never-fail insights that would make a significant impact on the careers of many… if (sigh) anyone would actually follow them:
1. Follow Up
I have no idea why we collectively fail at … Read More »
Recently a former client emailed me asking a rather interesting question. He is a newly appointed Police Chief of an organization that hadn’t changed its operational practices, services or employee expectations in years. He asked, “Now that I am Chief of Department, I know the best practices I want to begin implementing, … Read More »
Do you live for the weekends? Do you hate Monday mornings? Are you majorly stuck in a rut or in a job you hate? You may not even hate your job but you just know that you are so much better than what you are doing right now and you want a bigger challenge.
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You’ve put in a lot of effort to master the “hard skills” that your job requires. Maybe you’re a pro when it comes to technical troubleshooting, or perhaps you’re a wizard with spreadsheets. Or maybe you can write a successful press release with one hand tied behind your back.
“Hard skills” are technical or administrative procedures … Read More »
Over the last fifteen years, I have heard much about how retiring baby-boomers need to find a way to attract new people to leadership positions. I remember having conversations about the problem with a NC League of Municipalities representative while I served as a manager in Laurinburg, NC. Around this time, many in the profession seemed to … Read More »
In Part I of this article, “To Move or Not to Move,” we talked about spicing up your career to build depth and expand knowledge of your organization. Part II offers five suggestions once you have decided it is time to move on.
Have you done everything you can to spice up your career in your … Read More »
In order to love your job, you have to love ALL of the components of the job, and not JUST the job itself. Let me explain…
In order for a job to be perfectly suited for you, it has to be perfectly suited in many ways. You have to have a wonderful boss in a wonderful … Read More »
This is the first article of a two-part series and is focused on how best to “Spice Up Your Career”!
I hear frustration from young managers about the lack of career options in their current places of employment. I find generally, there are two cases. In the first case, the manager is not ready for a … Read More »