To support our work with public agencies like the Cities of Palo Alto, Richmond or Benicia, we explore their trade associations and publications to keep current on their issues.
The most recent issue of Public Management, a trade magazine put out by the International City/County Management Association, had a nice article by Quint Studer on the mindset any worker needs to better engage with his or her superiors, especially elected officials. We find it translates pretty well to all types of employment.
Mr. Studer called the list a “skill set.” We think it goes beyond that: These skills need to become second nature, where you act in positive, engaging, forward-thinking, action-oriented way as a matter of course. This is a personal leadership mindset that applies to every interaction you have with bosses, peers, constituents, citizens, customers.
Here are some of the mindset aspects we most like from the article:
“Never let yourself be the hold-up of an assignment.”
“When you bring a problem to elected officials, always bring a solution.” Continue reading