Bad advice for leaders includes not offering a vision, refusing to give credit or show appreciation and skipping out on one-on-one meetings, writes John Stoker. "If this is the way you lead your team, I can guarantee that turnover will be high, productivity will be lower, morale will be in the tank, and you will not get the results that you desire," he writes.
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Firefighters in York County, Pa., have responded to calls overheard on scanners before being formally dispatched by 911 professionals. National Emergency Number Association CEO Brian Fontes warns against the practice, saying that firefighters "may not have the full picture of what is going on in the community and what other types of services are being dispatched."
Canadian cities are anticipating the effects of climate change and hiring engineers and experts to assess the added wear and tear on infrastructure. The risk is that infrastructure rated adequate now may be overtaxed by climate-related events that include more frequent storms, said Hans Arisz, an engineer currently evaluating infrastructure for Saint John, New Brunswick.
The city of Evanston, Ill., would have to engage an external attorney for ethics probes and hearings under new guidelines set out by the city's Ethics Subcommittee. The group has spent the last eight months on a proposal for updated rules, which would also see ethics board members appointed annually instead of every three years.
Officials in Ames, Iowa, are refusing to acquiesce to the Federal Highway Administration's request that it repaint inclusion-themed crosswalks in the city, saying the agency lacks the authority because the crosswalks are not on federal roads. Rochester, N.Y., and St. Louis, Mo., are among other cities that have crosswalk art that has been subject to the FHWA's disapproval.
Drivers on Interstate 45 to downtown Houston will be allowed to use the high occupancy toll lanes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County said the extension of the pilot project is aimed at weighing final options for opening the lanes on weekends.
Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J., is offering weekly walks led by doctors where participants can ask health-related questions. The Clifton, N.J., Recreation Department is planning its own version of Walk with a Doc.
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