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Learning on the go as the Interim City Clerk

What am I watching: Cheesy Christmas movies What am I looking forward to: Making the best of 2021! Susan Barkman, Council/Mayor Management Analyst and former Interim City Clerk for the City of Aurora, Colorado. Connect with me on Twitter or Linkedin 2020 has been quite a year. For so many good and bad reasons I … Continued

Can We All Have a Little Grace With Each Other?

This Morning Buzz is by Susan Barkman, Council/Mayor Management Analyst for the City of Aurora, Colorado. Connect on Twitter and Linkedin. What am I watching: Life Below Zero What am I listening to: I Heart Radio – Hot Country, Bobby Bones, and Top 40 What I am hoping for: A new combination of old and COVID practices … Continued

Feeling Unessential?

This week’s Morning Buzz is by Susan Barkman, Council/Mayor Management Analyst for Aurora, Colorado. Connect on Twitter and Linkedin. What are am I watching: Life Below Zero How am I am doing: ok, but there are a lot of ups and downs My favorite COVID inspired programs: Broomfield’s Bridge the Gap, and weekly COVID Town … Continued

Personal Resiliency- How I Build Mine…

This Morning Buzz is from Susan Barkman, Council/Mayor Management Analyst with the City of Aurora Colorado. What I am reading: The news. What I am listening to: Bluebird by Miranda Lambert What I am working on: office policies! We all experience challenges in life, and sometimes we get knocked down.  Bouncing back from our bad … Continued

Starting a New Job During the Holidays!

Susan Barkman is the Management Analyst in the Mayor and City Council Office in Aurora, Colorado. Connect on Twitter or Linkedin. Last week, I started a new job within my organization.  Any time you transition to a new job there is a lot that happens both in terms of paperwork and in wrapping things up.  … Continued

Social Media and Your Co-Workers…

What I am listening to: The radio What I am watching: Frontier (Netflix) What I am looking forward to: Spring and summer!  I’m spending the winter planning my National Park trips! Having friends at work is a factor in job satisfaction, productivity and can help alleviate stress because you have someone to talk with who … Continued

Interviews: Take a Leap and Book a Flight

Today’s Buzz is by Susan Barkman (Twitter & Linkedin) What I am watching: Golden Girls What I am working on: Public engagement for our Animal Services code revision What I am looking forward to: Three day photography class at the Colorado Sand Dunes! Facebook reminded me that three years ago I was in Portland. You … Continued

Building Support for Your Professional Development Goals

What I am listening to: Pandora’s Today’s Hits Radio  What I am excited for: My upcoming camping trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park  What I am reading: Harvard Business Review’s Managing Across Cultures  Everyone needs professional development. Lately I’ve talked with a few people about how to get their supervisor’s support for … Continued

The Power of an Apology

What I am working on: A public engagement process for the Animal Services code revisions. What I am watching: Game of Thrones What I am looking forward to: ELGL19 and visiting Yellowstone Last month I traveled to Texas, for the International Association for Public Participation’s Skills Symposium where I completed the Dealing with Opposition and … Continued

What Can Local Government Learn from Higher Education?

What am I watching: Yellowstone documentaries What I am listening to:  GovLove podcasts What I am reading: 2008 FORD Escape Owners Manual I accidentally started my career working in higher education. Although higher education was not the best career fit, I am grateful for what I learned while I was there. As I transitioned into … Continued

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