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February 21, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Understand your management style to become a better leader
    Some leaders prefer to take charge of the decision-making process by using an autocratic or paternalistic management style, writes Lee Polevoi. Others would rather give their employees more responsibility by acting as democratic or laissez-faire managers. "By better understanding which kind of manager you are, you can adapt or modify your style as necessary and cultivate the most effective work environment for you and your employees," Polevoi writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/13)
5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Budgeting and Finance 
 
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
 
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Colo. city council approves zoning for controversial development
    The Denver City Council has passed a zoning measure that allows a controversial development to be built on the site of a vacant post office. Supporters of the seven-story development say it will bring needed economic revitalization, while opponents say the development is too tall, lacks parking and will negatively affect prices of nearby homes. The Denver Post (2/20) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Texas city council reallocates money toward road repairs
    The Taylor, Texas, City Council plans to take money that was allocated for a recreation center and put it toward street repairs. Assistant City Manager Jeff Straub says about half of the city's streets are failing and need to be rebuilt. "It has gotten to the point where if we fixed them all today, it would be $66 million," Straub said. "Over a reasonable course of time to address the magnitude of this issue, it is more like $100 million. That's an awful amount of money for a city of this size." YNN Austin (Texas) (2/19) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • 6 scholarships are available to ICMA members
    Each scholarship enables a local-government team with an ICMA city or county manager to participate in the Environmental & Sustainability Management System Institute. Learn more.
  • "Reinventing Government" workshop: The book's continuing impact after 20 years and its message for our future -- March 28 in Phoenix
    Presented by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies, the Alliance for Innovation and Arizona State University, as well as sponsored by CH2M HILL, this half-day program will feature an interview with Ted Gaebler, discussing the impetus behind the book and insight about improving performance in the future, as well as a critical review of criticism of the book. The afternoon session will feature leading managers' assessment of the impact of reinventing government principles and examination of the future of practice and research in the profession. The discussion will offer insight and tools to address issues and challenges we face. Reread the book before you come to this thought-provoking workshop! Register.
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