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December 4, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How to ensure team goals are met
    Three elements of helping a team meet goals are clearly communicating deadlines, explaining why a goal matters and posing hypotheticals, Bill Stinnett writes. "By walking people through 'what if' scenarios, you help them anticipate un­­knowns and prepare contingency plans," he writes. (12/2)
Why Warmth Is Critical to Your Career
If people think you have low interpersonal warmth, "you have something like a 1-in-2000 chance to make the top quartile of effectiveness as a leader," according to Kellogg School of Management Professor Loran Nordgren. Read more.
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • S.C. county manager's bill could fund infrastructure
    York County, S.C., Manager Jim Baker is drafting state legislation that would turn areas in need of infrastructure projects into special tax districts, which would receive sales tax revenue. Baker wants to finish the legislation before he leaves next year for a job in Virginia so projects such as an extension of Rock Hill's Dave Lyle Boulevard can get back on track. However, one state senator says the bill might face opposition because it would give local government control of state spending. The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) (12/2) Email this Story
  • Wis. city council is split on budget
    A divided Wausau, Wis., City Council approved a budget that includes $25,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area. Although the budget already passed, some council members are concerned that the unprecedented grant, sparked by a cut in federal and other funding, will cause other nonprofits to expect similar grants. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (12/2) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • N.C. city's police watches homes when residents are away
    Residents of Surf City, N.C., can have police conduct security checks of their homes when they are away through the department's Cottage Watch program. Between 50 and 75 residents sign up annually for the program, which launched in 1999 and has a limit of 14 consecutive days. Officers survey the premises, check doorknobs and windows, and inform homeowners if they find anything out of the ordinary. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (12/2) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Mass. city's businesses could soon shoulder more of tax burden
    The Lowell, Mass., City Council is expected to approve a shift that would put more of the property-tax burden on businesses and less on residents. Owners of commercial, industrial and personal properties would be affected by the change, which is similar to one adopted previously by the council. However, one councilman plans to vote against the shift, saying businesses have been complaining of being hit "very hard" by constantly rising taxes. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (12/3) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • New Zealand party says prostitution bill isn't good enough
    The New Zealand First party says a bill dealing with street prostitution is not strict enough to answer concerns of residents of South Auckland and Christchurch. Residents have been reticent with concerns because they are intimidated by those who facilitate prostitution. "The hole in legislation made it virtually impossible for local bodies to make legally sound bylaws to make neighborhoods safe from bullying prostitutes and their pimps," a party spokeswoman said. The New Zealand Herald/APNZ News Service (11/16) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • N.H. city council approves parking changes
    The Portsmouth, N.H., City Council decided to increase fines for expired parking meters. Previously, the council extended two-hour parking to three hours, made the first hour free at a parking garage, increased the cost of on-street parking by 50 cents and implemented a tiered rate downtown. The changes will be effective Jan. 1. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (12/4) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
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    Designed for senior local-government managers, the ICMA SEI Leadership "super session" is scheduled May 4 to 11 at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Va. The program offers an opportunity to experience the core of the two-week SEI program compressed into eight days. Designed by faculty at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and ICMA University, the program curriculum is varied, and the faculty is well grounded in the needs and concerns of top local-government executives. Registration is limited to 24 senior executives. Learn more, read testimonials and register.

    The ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute, which is offered once a year for three days, is scheduled May 8 to 10 in Gettysburg, Pa., and is open to a group of no more than 30 senior-level managers. Participants explore leadership lessons of Gettysburg while enhancing their thinking about personal leadership, organizational effectiveness, disaster management and other concepts. Learn more, read testimonials and register.
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