3 characteristics of toxic people | Ask these 10 questions to judge your leadership quality | Why leaders should not tolerate toxic employees
July 5, 2019
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Leadership and Management
3 characteristics of toxic people
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.
Ideas Made to Matter (MIT Sloan School of Management) (4/29) 
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Ask these 10 questions to judge your leadership quality
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.
SmartBrief/Leadership (5/7) 
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Why leaders should not tolerate toxic employees
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.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/26) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Tool makes municipal budgeting real for residents
Tool makes municipal budgeting real for residents
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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 Baltimore Sun/Towson (Md.) Times (4/2),  The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (3/27) 
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Ann Arbor, Mich., mulls shifting pension liabilities to group annuity
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.
Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (3/13) 
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Uninsured Baltimore struggles to recover from ransomware attack
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.
Ars Technica (5/20) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Chick-fil-A barred from San Antonio airport project by City Council
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."
KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (3/22) 
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Judge lets Calif. homeless campers case move to jury trial
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.
Courthouse News Service (4/20) 
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Mexico City aims to reduce trafficking by legalizing sex work
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.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (6/1) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
San Antonio replaces outgoing city manager
San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley retired from her position last week after 13 years on the job. Erik Walsh took over the post as of Friday.
KTXS-TV (Abilene, Texas) (2/28) 
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Hansen memorializes Virginia Beach, Va., victims
Hansen memorializes Virginia Beach, Va., victims
Hansen (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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.
The Associated Press (6/1) 
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Stockwell resigns as California City, Calif., city manager
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.
The Bakersfield Californian (5/16) 
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ICMA News
Registration is now open for the local government event of the year
Attend the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, October 20-23, and join local government professionals from around the world responsible for making their communities a better place to live, work, and play. Learn what works, what doesn't, and identify solutions and approaches to transform your community. Register today at the best value rate!
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Release of Summary Report and Dataset on Alternative Service Delivery
Local governments face a number of challenges when determining how to best deliver services to their communities. For over three decades, ICMA has been assessing local government practices, experiences, and policies in alternative service. This data collected from the 2017 survey, completed in partnership with Cornell University, provides insights into alternative service delivery among U.S. local governments. The dataset can be used to explore the state of service delivery today, including obstacles faced in adopting private service delivery, techniques to evaluate private service delivery, and methods of delivery. Purchase the dataset, which includes a free summary report, today!
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