How to lead like a Jesuit | Taking communication cues from Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg | Ohio city council president is under fire for redistricting plan
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March 25, 2013
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How to lead like a Jesuit
Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit religious order, had a few tricks up his sleeve, writes seminarian-turned-JP Morgan exec Chris Lowney. One of the saint's best ideas was his notion of the "examen" -- "a mental pit-stop" during which Jesuits are encouraged to pause, take stock of their day and refocus on their broader goals. "Popes, Jesuits, and JP Morgan executives have lots on their plates each day. We might cope better with our 21st [century] challenges by adopting a best practice from a 16th century saint," Lowney asserts. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/19)
Taking communication cues from Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, author of the new book "Lean In," provides a powerful example of the communications skills that are necessary for leadership, writes Bess Gallanis. Sandberg displays a bold point of view, tells a powerful narrative that resonates with her audience and doesn't let criticism faze her, Gallanis writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/16)
Ohio city council president is under fire for redistricting plan
Residents of a Cleveland neighborhood in danger of division through redistricting have started a letter-writing campaign to City Council President Martin Sweeney, asking him to invite the public to partake in the process, which has been kept behind closed doors. The campaign comes on the heels of disagreement among councilors, threatened lawsuits and a letter from a state senator and representative about the redistricting process. Sweeney is expected to present a plan to councilors, who have until April 1 to approve it. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (3/21)
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Budgeting and Finance
Utah city council sets priority list for federal money
The St. George, Utah, City Council has approved spending more than $400,000 in federal funds for affordable housing, children's charities and other programs meant to assist low- and moderate-income residents. The funds, available through the Community Development Block Grant, must be used in fiscal 2014 to aid low-income residents, prevent or eliminate blight or address another urgent need. The Spectrum & Daily News (St. George, Utah) (tiered subscription model) (3/21)
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Ore. city residents will decide historic-preservation funding
The Medford, Ore., City Council has decided voters should determine whether to raise property tax to fund historical societies and a proposed heritage district. The measure would increase tax on every $1,000 of assessed valuation by as much as 5 cents and would bring in more than $800,000 annually. Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (3/22)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Pa. city council pays "keen attention" to school-dismissal policy
The Philadelphia City Council is discussing schools' early-dismissal policy after a 5-year-old girl was abducted in January. "For every bad thing, something good can come of it," Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said. "What I hope comes of this is good public policy. It's a teaching moment, and all of us are paying keen attention to this issue." Philadelphia Daily News (3/22)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
New Zealand city's building consents hit 6-year high in value
The Christchurch, New Zealand, City Council granted building consents for 169 major projects totaling more than NZ$528 million in the 12 months ending in February, the highest amount in the past six years. "The combination of a confident, determined private sector and hard work from the council on processing consents can only be good for the local economy," council Planning Committee Chairwoman Sue Wells said. Stuff (New Zealand) (3/22)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
La. city council changes process for outdoor music
The New Orleans City Council has decided to direct scheduling of outdoor music events within four blocks of the Mississippi River through councilors, after a festival drew complaints from residents. The plan is the first step in establishing a more comprehensive permitting process, Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer says. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/21)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Texas city council gears up for natural gas showdown
The Dallas Plan Commission has rejected applications to drill natural gas wells and build a gas-processing plant on parkland a second time, saying the plan isn't up to city or state code. The City Council could reject the vote and approve the applications through a supermajority. The energy company filing the applications says it will sue the city if they are not granted. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (3/21)
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Recognitions and Transitions
Fla. city council finds manager among residents
The Satellite Beach, Fla., City Council has hired Courtney Barker as city manager. Barker, chosen from among 126 candidates, has served as director of planning and growth management in Titusville since 2007. She says her first priority will be the budget in Satellite Beach, which is her hometown. "Courtney has a deep knowledge of Satellite Beach, a clear understanding of the challenges we face," Councilwoman Lorraine Gott said. "And if you've ever taken the time to talk to her, you quickly realize she also has very creative solutions to every challenge she sees." Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (3/22)
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