Category: Morning Buzz

What’s Next?

What I am watching: The West Wing What I am listening to: local news coverage of another incoming snowmaggedon What I am reading: Final copy of Mayor’s State of the City address When a larger than expected snowstorm arrived this past weekend, and as a result southwest Ohio panicked like we’d never seen snow before … Continued

“Thank U, Next” & the Local Gov Professional

What I am watching: Monty Python and the Holy Grail…again What I am listening to: I’ll give you one hint…keep reading What I am reading: The “Color of Magic” by Terry Pratchett Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve had one song on repeat: Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next.” It’s not the typical type of music I listen to, … Continued

Keep Talking About Diversity!

What I am watching: Old seasons of the Deadliest Catch What I am listening to: Whatever is on the radio! What I am reading: In between books at the moment. First off, a HUGE THANK YOU to Ashley Wooten, Logan Masenthin and Bridget Kozlowski for writing articles about their respective experiences.  It is on all … Continued

The Ugly Truth: Microaggressions in the Workplace

What I’m Watching: You What I’m Reading: Nothing at the moment… What I’m Listening to:  The Internet The other day my Soror (Sorority Sister for those unfamiliar with D9 lingo) text me, and asked me to share with her the most disturbing microaggression I have ever experienced.  She experienced an incident that made her uncomfortable, … Continued

Decisions Decisions…

By Dan Weinheimer, Routt County, Colorado I doubt my organization is much different from many of yours but we have a problem -we cannot make decisions. This lack of decisiveness is a problem to be sure, unless you have a problem with that and we can talk more about it at our next meeting… or … Continued

The First Step to Winning is Learning How to Fail

Right Now w/ Joey Garcia (LinkedIn / Twitter)   What I’m Reading – The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, Becoming, and The Death and Life of Great American Cities. (I know! Three books at once?! Christmas was good to me!) What I’m Watching – Star Trek: Enterprise What I’m blanching  – Green beans!    This post was … Continued

The Return to Work After Parental Leave

I know many of our ELGL’ers are parents and have been for some time now.  But here I am, figuring it out as I go — and asking all of us to advocate for the future of working parents in local government. My son was born 3.5 weeks early at the end of this past … Continued

Why I Love My Short Commute

Right Now with Kevin Teater What I’m Listening to – Rend Collective What I’m Reading – Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (almost done!) What I’m Watching ­– These days it is mostly University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball What I’m Doing – Chilling next to my dog on the couch after eating dinner Last … Continued

Slow Down

What I’m doing: Flying out of frigid Wisconsin and heading for warmer weather What I’m watching: The Wire What I’m listening to: Slow Burn, a Slate Podcast As a young professional almost two years into my career I often get questions like; where do you want to be in 5 years? Do you want to … Continued

Hiring Decisions Gone Wrong

Morning Buzz with Jordan Rae Hillman, Deputy Director of City Planning for the city of Jackson, Mississippi I’ve made some great hiring decisions over the years. Those individuals are key pieces of my career puzzle. I’ve also made some terrible hiring decisions. Those decisions serve as an important reminder each time I make a hiring decision. A … Continued

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