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1. 4 ways to tell if you're a real leader

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

There's a fine line between leadership and management, writes Stacey Alcorn. Real leaders are willing to learn and confident enough to let others be part of decision-making. "I learned this the hard way. I used to control and manage everything in my business from the planning of events to the training and marketing," she writes. Entrepreneur online (01/20)

2. Are you too helpful to be a great leader?

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Being overly helpful can keep good bosses from becoming great bosses, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Over-explaining can confuse people, while trusting those who aren't up to the task can lead to disaster. "[Y]ou could be even more effective if you are aware of the unintended consequences of your good intentions and adjust your behavior," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (01/21)

3. 5 myths about working with millennials

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

Companies often overestimate millennials' reliance on social media, their impulse to collaborate and their tendency to switch jobs, write Jean Martin and Eugene Burke of CEB. Millennials are more competitive than employers realize, and they are motivated more by a desire for opportunities and new experiences than they are by money, they write. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/25)

4. Lessons from a standout public speaker

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Former presidential adviser Susan Crawford has mastered the art of delivering substantive speeches that also show her personality and her passion, writes Mike Brown. Crawford's success comes from using humor, body language and personal stories to display authentic emotion without going overboard, Brown explains. (01/20)

5. Believe in your people, and you'll get results

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The Pygmalion effect says that teachers who believe in their students act in ways that help those children achieve better results -- and a similar effect can be found in the corporate world, writes Kevin Eikenberry. By viewing everyone as a potential star and encouraging that belief, he argues, leaders can help anyone recognize and fulfill their potential. (01/19)

6. Calif. city rejects first building under 30-year-old law

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

A condo development has been rejected by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission because of a 1984 ordinance that prohibits certain structures from blocking sunlight in open space. The six-story project would have cast a shadow on Victoria Manalo Draves Park. This is the first time a project has been rejected because of the law. American City Business Journals (01/20) San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (01/17)

7. N.J. governor taps emergency manager for struggling city

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has issued an executive order naming Kevin Lavin, a lawyer who specializes in corporate refinancing and restructuring, as emergency manager of Atlantic City. Kevyn Orr, who served as emergency manager of Detroit and oversaw its bankruptcy, has been appointed Lavin's counselor. The team is tasked with stabilizing Atlantic City using options such as municipal restructure and bankruptcy. One elected city official has called the appointments unnecessary; the state has never exerted such control over a municipality. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/22) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/22) ABC News (01/22)

8. Cities take different tacks to tackle blight

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

U.S. cities are finding ways to address blight. Camden, N.J., plans to tear down 600 vacant buildings, while Detroit has unveiled an initiative that allows neighbors to purchase foreclosed homes. Next City (01/26)

9. A deep dive inside N.Y. city's massive waste-sorting facility

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

New York City's Sunset Park recycling center is so large and sorts so much waste that the building vibrates as it fishes out recyclables from the stream. Cans are grabbed with rotating magnetic drums above conveyor belts; crushed glass is ground further; and sorting machines use near-infrared light to sort the plastic flow. Ars Technica (01/18)

10. Calif. city manager selected unanimously

ICMA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The Covina, Calif., City Council has unanimously appointed Andrea Miller as city manager. Miller serves as executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and has worked as city manager of La Mirada and acting city manager of San Bernardino. San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (01/21)

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