Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

February 22, 2013
Sign upForwardArchiveAdvertise
Building livable communities that improve people's lives

  Leadership and Management 
  • 4 ways to praise your employees
    Some bosses find it easy to be critical of failure but difficult to praise good work, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's important to notice and celebrate small victories as well as milestones, Asmus argues. "A little bit of noticing and letting them know what you observe can go a long way, especially if you have a habit of being critical," she writes. (2/18)
  • Calif. city council, planning commission work on communication
    The Mill Valley, Calif., City Council and the Planning Commission have decided on recommendations to improve communication between the commission and City Hall, after Planning Commissioner David Rand accused city officials of being disconnected from the commission. Councilors and Rand agreed that city and commission leaders should meet regularly; the commission will provide project information to councilors ahead of meetings; study-session guidelines should be determined; and performance evaluations should be implemented. Valley, Calif. (2/21) Email this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.Y. city manager supports proposal to limit union raises
    Auburn, N.Y., City Manager Douglas Selby has expressed support for state legislation that would limit the power of independent arbitrators in the negotiation of union contracts, saying the proposal could help fiscally distressed cities, including Auburn. "It would be helpful because it does put a cap on what comes out of an arbitration award," he said. However, the legislation has been criticized by the city's firefighter and police unions, which say it could affect the fairness of contract negotiations. The Citizen (Auburn, N.Y.) (2/20) Email this Story
  • Mich. city council authorizes union pay cut
    The Detroit City Council has approved a 10% pay cut in the form of unpaid furlough days for about 600 union workers. The move follows similar action for nonunion workers and employees of the legislative and executive branches. The mayor's office estimates that the cuts will save about $500,000 per month. Detroit Free Press (2/21) Email this Story
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 SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.C. city council backs state's through-truck proposal
    The Wilmington, N.C., City Council has expressed unanimous support for a state proposal to ban large trucks from driving on certain roads to pass through the city. Similar restrictions are already enforced downtown. The ban would apply to tractor-trailers, trucks that are longer than 25 feet or wider than seven feet and trucks that weigh at least 2.5 tons. Port City Daily (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/21) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • S.C. city council gives interim manager permanent appointment
    The Tega Cay, S.C., City Council has unanimously approved hiring interim City Manager Charlie Funderburk permanently. Funderburk, who joined the city's staff in 2001 as parks and recreation director, was appointed interim manager last month when former City Manager Dennis Pieper resigned. Funderburk also has served as the city's operations manager. The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) (2/20) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • "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.
  • 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.
Learn more about ICMA ->Home | About | News & Events | Join ICMA | Career Network

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
--Maria Montessori,
Italian physician and educator

Subscriber Tools
Print friendly format  | Web version  | Search past news  | Archive  | Privacy policy

Associate Publisher: Jim Eubanks 202-407-7822
 Recent ICMA SmartBrief Issues:   Lead Editor: Liz DeHoff
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2013 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information