And why it ought to be done, year in and year out, by a political party. That’s right. A political party.
Behind many great civic projects is a mixture of unlikely relationships and creativity. You can do some things to make the magic happen. But you also need a little luck.
If community leadership programs want to go from good to great, there’s a way. It involves keeping their graduates engaged in learning and taking on a third level of leadership training.
“Pay for performance” is a mediocre motivator of employees with potentially disastrous consequences for businesses. And it’s even worse in government. Rather than quotas and bonuses, have you tried coaching, praise . . . and a simple “thank you”?
At some point in a long civic career, you may face a skillful liar who is elected to an important local office. Here’s how to fight back in a way that doesn’t leave the city deeply divided.