Leaders must be creators | The difference between being the boss and being bossy | London is pegged for smart-city development
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March 15, 2013
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Leadership and Management
Leaders must be creators
A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/11)
The difference between being the boss and being bossy
While many dream of becoming the "boss," the word itself can create difficulties in the work environment, writes Tim Lambert. "Using it has the psychological effect of driving a certain type of behaviour. ... [W]hat's needed is a reframing of the relationship between a manager and the people they manage: a relationship based on mutual benefit and interdependence, not hierarchy," he writes. Linked 2 Leadership blog (3/12)
London is pegged for smart-city development
London will be the site of the Technology Strategy Board's Future Cities strategy, which will involve developing smart-city technology to support health, transport, energy, public safety and other areas. The city's "catapult" center will receive £50 million from the TSB during the next five years, and an additional £100 million is expected from the private sector to develop the technology, which could be available to other cities by 2030. "One of the decisions of this government I am most proud of is establishing a chain of catapults across the U.K.," Business Secretary Vince Cable said. "These are national centers of excellence, promoting innovation in collaboration with business." Computerworld UK (3/12)
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Budgeting and Finance
Canadian city pays $30,000 for budget ad campaign
Winnipeg, Manitoba, officials have spent $30,000 to advertise an already-approved budget, which includes a 5% budget cut across departments. The ad campaign, appearing in newspapers and on the radio, discussed spending on paramedics and pavement repairs, but some City Council members said the purchase was a mistake. "It's pretty wasteful, I think," Councilwoman Paula Havixbeck said. "In a day and age when we're trying to find money throughout the city for different initiatives like arts groups and museums, I think it's a lot." CBC.ca (Canada) (3/14)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
N.Y. city council approves bills inspired by Sandy
The New York City Council has passed legislation that increases penalties for those who commit certain crimes during a state of emergency or inside an evacuation or hard-hit area during a natural disaster. "While Hurricane Sandy brought out the best in most New Yorkers, some individuals chose to prey on vulnerable storm victims and communities struggling to rebuild," Speaker Christine Quinn said. The council also passed a law that requires more oversight for those elevating their homes. Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (3/14)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Calif. city requests public input on downtown arena
Sacramento, Calif., officials are seeking input from residents on a possible sports arena at the Downtown Plaza. Residents can complete an online survey that asks about features in other cities and what features would best represent Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration)/City Beat blog (3/11)
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Greek city prepares downtown for makeover
Despite a recession and austerity, officials of Athens, Greece, have released a plan for downtown that includes the Museum of Contemporary Art, a museum of underwater antiquities and a harbor project called the Cultural Coast. The development is part of Rethink Athens, a revitalization project to bring bike paths, trams, greenery and water to the city. The Atlantic Cities (3/14)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Wyo. city council might permit beekeeping
The Casper, Wyo., City Council will look into agricultural policy that includes allowing beekeeping. However, councilors have expressed concern about safety, allergies and keeping bees from neighboring properties. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (3/13)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Wash. city council restarts debate on lake access
The Lakewood, Wash., City Council is reopening debate that hit a dead end in 2009 on undeveloped access points to Lake Steilacoom, American Lake, Gravelly Lake and Lake Louise. Residents have expressed support for improving access by developing the areas into trails, but those who own waterfront property say they already have problems with litter, noise and parked cars; developing the access points would make problems worse, they say. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (3/14)
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Recognitions and Transitions
Manager will come into Fla. city at "difficult time"
The Miami Beach, Fla., City Commission has approved hiring Jimmy Morales as city manager, after an eight-month search that included 60 candidates. Morales, Doral's city attorney, will start April 1. Miami Beach is dealing with a $1 billion overhaul of the convention center and a reputation among residents of being corrupt. "You are going to be rebuilding the city of Miami Beach during a very difficult time," Vice Mayor Michael Góngora told Morales. The Miami Herald (free registration) (3/13)
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