An important first step in making a great civic project succeed is bringing together the right people to guide it. And to put together the right team, you have to know what it takes to make projects succeed.
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.
Governments tend to be good at fairness, scale, and steadfastness. What they’re not so good at is innovation. This is one reason we need collaboration.
If you’re in charge, you’ll be asked by subordinates to make lots of decisions, some of which you should not make. How do you know when a decision would be better made by others? And what should you say when you hand it back?
Seeing the opportunity for change is the genius of leadership and often involves finding paths that are hidden to everyone else. Herding people through those passages is the practice of leadership. Here’s how to be better at the genius parts of leadership.