Toxic people share three distinct traits: narcissism, a thirst for power and the inability to deal with negative emotions, says MIT Leadership Center founder Deborah Ancona. What to do with such people depends on how much authority you have and whether indirect approaches have been tried.
You can judge the quality of your leadership by considering how your mood or communication style affects others and whether people seek your advice, writes John Stoker. "If people know they can come to you with questions and concerns and are responded to in a positive way, they won't hesitate to communicate with you," he writes.
Everyone suffers when bad behavior is tolerated or ignored, even from a top performer, says S. Chris Edmonds in this blog post and video. The ideal response is coaching, where the desired behaviors are explained, requirements are set and the employee either improves or is let go.
Residents of Baltimore County, Md.; Lynchburg, Va.; and Virginia Beach, Va., have an opportunity to manipulate variables of the municipal budget to see the benefits and consequences of various choices through the Balancing Act tool. The online tool is customized to accurately represent the budget constraints of each area -- $42 million for schools in Lynchburg, for example -- and is designed to encourage public engagement.
The city of Ann Arbor, Mich., is looking for a consultant to give it advice on the idea of transferring up to $504 million of pension liabilities to a group annuity. "The amount of liabilities to be transferred will depend on the feasibility, analysis and affordability of the options that are offered," said Tom Crawford, the city's chief financial officer.
Baltimore doesn't have cyberinsurance to offset the costs of this month's ransomware attack, which has forced many systems offline and led departments to resort to personal emails and paper-based transactions. The most recent budget did not include funding for security initiatives, including employee training.
The San Antonio City Council voted last week to prohibit a Chick-fil-A restaurant in a concession space being planned for the city's airport, with Councilman Roberto Trevino saying, "we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior." The restaurant chain said in a statement, "We plan to reach out to the City Council to gain a better understanding of this decision."
A summary judgment handed down by US District Judge William Alsup allows for a jury to consider a lawsuit accusing Berkeley, Calif., officials of singling out homeless people for political reasons. Alsup held the city might have targeted a group of homeless campers based on political motives.
Officials in Mexico City have voted to eliminate fines and penalties for sex workers in the hopes of reducing sex trafficking in the region. "It's a first step that has to lead to regulation of sex work, to fight human trafficking and strengthen the rights of sex workers," says legislator Temistocles Villanueva.
Dave Hansen, city manager of Virginia Beach, Va., named each of the 11 city employees and the contractor killed during a mass shooting at a municipal building Friday, briefly describing where they lived and what their work roles had been. "They leave a void that we will never be able to fill," said Hansen.
Anna Linn has been tapped to serve as interim city manager of California City, Calif., following Robert Stockwell's resignation earlier this week. Stockwell had been on paid leave since April, following performance evaluation-related issues that were not disclosed.
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