Smart bosses give people jobs they aren't ready for | Outwit your brain and make better decisions | Downtown group wants $66,500 more from N.C. city council
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March 19, 2013
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Smart bosses give people jobs they aren't ready for
The best way to lead is to challenge people to take on roles they aren't quite ready for, says Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon. Once you've identified energetic workers with ambition and talent, it pays to give them difficult jobs that will take time to master, Gordon explains. "I'm a big believer in ... taking young people and stretching them," she says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
Outwit your brain and make better decisions
It's possible to overcome the errors of our brains to make better choices, according to Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School professor and social psychology researcher. Among her suggestions: Take your "emotional temperature" to determine whether emotions are clouding your judgment, open up your view to include a wider range of information and question the social bonds that might be interfering with making the best possible decision. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/17)
Quest Conference Showcases City of Irving, TX
The Quest for Excellence Conference showcases the best practices of Baldrige Award Recipients in a dynamic educational environment. Learn from the City of Irving, TX, a 2012 awardee, as they share how they transformed into an innovative and high-performing municipality. Register today for Quest for Excellence April 7-10, 2013 in Baltimore, MD!
Budgeting and Finance
Downtown group wants $66,500 more from N.C. city council
Downtown Salisbury is requesting $165,000 for the next fiscal year from the Salisbury, N.C., City Council. The amount is $66,500 more than its existing budget. The organization, which is responsible for economic development downtown, would put the extra money toward moving its office and reinstating a facade grant. Salisbury Post (N.C.) (3/18)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Colo. county sheriff says he "won't bother enforcing" gun laws
Weld County, Colo., Sheriff John Cooke says two recently passed gun-control measures in the state are unenforceable and that he and other county sheriffs will not uphold them once they are signed into law. One measure limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds, while the other expands background-check requirements, which Cooke says will not keep criminals from obtaining firearms. The Tribune (Greeley, Colo.)/The Associated Press (3/15)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Va. city council grants waterfront project supermajority approval
The Alexandria, Va., City Council has given supermajority approval to a plan to rezone the Old Town waterfront, hoping to quell lawsuits that dispute the council's original approval, which didn't have supermajority. The plan will allow private developers to build hotels and commercial enterprises and includes parks, an art walk, and flooding and sewer improvements. The Washington Post (3/16)
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Ala. mayor draws criticism with stadium proposal
Birmingham, Ala., Mayor William Bell is facing criticism from the City Council after he announced a desire to build a domed stadium. While Bell says the stadium would rely on a combination of private and public funds, councilors say they are skeptical about getting enough private donors to commit to the project, and some say their concern stems from other projects that were never completed. (Alabama)/Real-Time News from Birmingham blog (3/18)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Utah city council restricts cul-de-sac length
The Syracuse, Utah, City Council has passed an amendment that limits the length of cul-de-sacs to 500 feet. Councilors say the amendment answers concerns about fire protection, water pressure and snow removal, but some say they are concerned about hindering real estate growth. Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (3/15)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Police report outlines traffic problems in Indian city
Police in Guwahati, India, will present a report to city officials on traffic problems caused by rapid urbanization and increased vehicles. According to the report, more than 64,000 vehicles were registered in fiscal 2012, compared with more than 57,000 in fiscal 2011, a 13% increase. The report also names poor road construction and conditions, uncovered pavement, water logging and a lack of parking as triggers for traffic problems. The Times of India (3/18)
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Recognitions and Transitions
New Calif. city manager will focus on economic development
John Coates, newly appointed city manager of Carlsbad, Calif., says his main focus is economic development, including diversifying businesses, increasing the tax base and revitalizing downtown business. He also will focus on maintaining services and plans to consolidate the city's 12 major departments into seven. Coates previously served as the city's assistant manager and interim manager. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/16)
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Texas city hires assistant manager from nearby area
Aretha Adams has been named assistant city manager of Lancaster, Texas. "This is a great community with wonderful opportunities on the horizon, and I look forward to becoming a part of the team to continue moving us forward," she said. Previously, Adams served as assistant to the city manager in McKinney. Focus Daily News (DeSoto, Texas) (3/18)
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ICMA's Center for Management Strategies offers valuable resources for your organization
Did you know that the ICMA Center for Management Strategies offers educational programming and technical assistance in ICMA's leading practice areas for local governments? The center offers strategies for priority-based budgeting/fiscal health and wellness as well as high-performance organizations to assist city managers in addressing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Resources on leading practices in civic engagement and collaborative service delivery are coming soon! For more information, contact Cheryl Hilvert at, or visit the center's website at
Reserve your Scottish adventure by April 1!
The ICMA Travel Connections program provides social travel events for members and their families to premium locales worldwide. The inaugural ICMA Travel Connections trip will carry members to Scotland from July 21 to 29. Many Scottish highlights await you! Reservations are due no later than April 1. View the trip itinerary and download your reservation form, or contact Sallie Ann Burnett at or 864-541-8678 with questions.
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