The rescue of one of America’s greatest urban parks holds important lessons for local government officials everywhere about working with nonprofit partners, patience, and trading power for results.
How can local governments communicate if the only sources of information left are the social media? They have to create an army of informed and engaged citizens willing to speak up when others spread rumors and falsehoods.
Governments sometimes lose their way. But there’s a group you can always call on for help, if you know how to ask. It’s not an organized group, but its members do have a name. We call them “citizens.”
And why it ought to be done, year in and year out, by a political party. That’s right. A political party.
“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”?