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.
Some of the most exciting urban projects around were once considered crazy ideas. So how do you tell the difference between a crazy idea that’s a great leap forward and one that’s . . . just plain crazy? And what do you do with the determined people behind these projects? Here’s a way to separate the bold but doable projects from the delusional, while encouraging citizens to dream big.
Smart citizen engagement follows two principles. It is based on mutual respect between citizens and government officials, and it believes that the greatest progress is made through partnerships, with everyone doing his part.
What are the secrets to dealing with a crisis? First, you have to understand what a crisis is, and how it affects decision making. Second, you have to respond in a short-term and long-term way. And, finally, you must seek information and advice deliberately and intelligently.
Governments are moving from being providers to partners. But this requires a set of skills by government leaders and, even more daunting, it requires restraint.