The votes are in and the results have been tabulated: after a week of nominations and voting by our community, ELGL is thrilled to announce the winner of the Knope of the Week! As a reminder, The Knope of the Week honors individuals or groups who have done the most in the past week to advance the mission of ELGL.
Without further ado, the winner of the 41th Knope of the Week is . . . .
It’s no surprise that Laurel Butman, Nancy Newton, and Steve Wheeler are this week’s recipients (see Golf Clap for Clackamas County Administrators.) If we knew every ELGL forum at a county would be this good we would begin a tour of every county in the state.
So what made it Knope-worthy?
Laurel, Nancy, and Steve focused their remarks on practical examples from their careers and use them to improve our careers. For example, if each of us wanted to become mini-Clackamas County administrators, here’s how we could do it:
Remain optimist and positive especially in difficult times (otherwise known as ‘turning your frown upside down’). A tip for doing this is building an inner circle at work for you to “vent” without negative repercussions.
Limit the number of people you copy (cc) on an email. Steve made the valid point that we often unnecessarily cc others on an email just to prove our value. (Although ELGL must admit we are tempted to cc Steve on every email we send from now until ‘death do us apart.’)
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders. The public sector has the distinct advantage of being able to share information without being accused on insider trading.
Budget skills. If you lack public sector budgeting skills, find a way to get them whether it is volunteering within your organization or with another organizations that you are involved with.
Improve your writing skills. While you may be good at texting and tweeting that doesn’t translate into writing an effective policy memo for an elected official. A way to improve those writing skills is by reading books (minus 50 Shades of Gray and Ten Silly Monkeys).
Learn from meetings. We’ve all suffered through long, drawn out meetings that seemingly have little practical application. Next time you are in one of these meetings pay more attention, try to extract at least a couple of takeaways. It is likely that these takeaways, while they may not pay off immediately, will benefit you down the road. Also, it will keep you from falling asleep and snoring during the meeting.
Maintain and build your credibility. Once you lose your credibility, you lose trust from others which will negatively impact your career. Along these lines, it is important to remember that local government professionals talk with one another and your lack of credibility can quickly spread through these networks.
Follow Through. Anyone can start a project but become the person who follows through and completes the project.
Develop a running list of good things – Think nothing can go right? Wonder if you are making a difference? Tired of being yelled at by your significant other? Maintain a running list of accomplishment by your organization. Share the list with others and see if they can add to it.
Our sincere thanks to Steve, Laurel, and Nancy for the professionalism and excellence they bring to local government.
Previous Knope of the Week Recipients
- Charlie Hales, Portland Mayoral Candidate
- Pat Mobley, Portland State University Faculty
- Oregon Transformation Project and Positively Clackamas
- Bob Moore, Bob’s Red Mill
- Greater Portland Inc – Sean Robbins, CEO and Maggie Finnerty
- David Donaldson, City of Lake Oswego Interim City Manager
- Jeff Towery, City of Springfield Assistant City Manager and OCCMA President
- Barbara Roberts, Former Oregon Governor and Current Metro Councilor
- Laura Cleland, Association of Oregon Counties
- Heather Reagan, Nathan Reagan (Handy & Reagan) and Peter Watts (Jordan Ramis)
- MPA Graduates
- Dr. Thomas Potiowsky, Former State of Oregon Economist
- Dave Waffle, City of Beaverton Assistant Finance Director
- Joe Gall, City of Sherwood City Manager
- Governor Gregoire and Staff
- Umpqua Bank (Barbara Baker, Michelle Van Allen, Nancy Lloyd, Robert Cross)
- Jessica Struyk, PSU MPA, cities of Beaverton and Fairview
- Patrick Quinton, Portland Development Commission Executive Director
- Bryan Cosgrove (Wilsonville), Marty Wine (Tigard), Michael Brown (Hillsboro)
- Chris Workman, City of Veneta
- Portland Timbers (Mike Golub, Chelsey Cossey, Patti Peters, Amber Browne)
- Anthony Petchel, Bank of the Cascades
- Claire Oliver, West Linn Tidings
- Phil Keisling, Director of Portland State University Center for Public Service
- Geoff Pursinger, Tigard Times
- Ken Ray, Metro Senior Public Affairs Coordinator
- Alliance Resources Consulting, Colin Baenzinger and Associates, Strategic Government Resources, Waldron & Associates
- OMFOA Developing Professionals (Heidi Starks, Rhyan Van Horn, Toby LaFrance)
- Justin Cutler (LaPine Parks & Rec), Robyn Christie (Bend), Kirsten Wyatt (West Linn)
- Rhyan Van Horn, TriMet senior accountant
- ELGL Advisory Board
- Cate Schneider, Lake Oswego city recorder
- Alex McIntyre, Lake Oswego city manager
- Matt Bailing, Willamette graduate, ELGL data analyst
- Megan Messmer, PSU MPA student, City of Banks intern, City of Dayton intern
- Zoe Monahan, Sherwood assistant planner
- Rosalynn Greene, Clackamas County sustainability analyst and Karen Pearson, Clackamas County human resources program coordinator
- Kathy Mollusky, West Linn city recorder
- Jordan Wheeler, Lake Oswego assistant to the city manager