Category: COVID-19 Self Care & Inspiration

Local Government Turnover During COVID-19

This research report was written by Katie Webster, Jessica Giles, and Wesley Merritt from the UNC MPA program. ELGL assisted with the survey distribution to gain a better understanding of the reasons people left local government careers during the pandemic. Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of employment implications on the … Continued

How I Almost Left Local Government

Today’s Morning Buzz is by Kayla Barber-Perrotta, Budget Manager the City of Brighton, CO. Connect with her on LinkedIn. What I’m Reading: The Rejected King What I’m Watching: Only Murders in the Building and Explained What I’m Listening to: Whatever rolls up next on my “All Songs” list-So basically a mix of the 90s, 00’s, and K-Pop For those … Continued

The Many Benefits of Community Gardens

Today’s Morning Buzz is by Rebecca Cormier, ELGL member, govtech enthusiast, and environmental advocate. Connect on Twitter and LinkedIn What I’m Reading: In This Together, How Republicans, Democrats, Capitalists, and Activists Are Uniting to Tackle Climate Change and More, by Trammell S. Crow and Bill Shireman What I’m Watching: The Americans-I have just started so … Continued

Ted Lasso’s Leadership Lessons [no spoilers]

By Sarah Moss, MPA | LinkedIn | Twitter What I’m listening to – Denver City Council Budget and Policy Committee meeting What I’m reading – Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by John Marzluff and Tony Angell (Did you know that crows have two sets of … Continued

Navigating Burnout

Today’s Buzz is by Melissa Cantarero Weiss, Director of Administrative Services in Wauwatosa, WI. Connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn. What I am listening to: Dare to Lead with Brené Brown What I am watching: Life Below Zero What I am reading: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel I survived 2020 serving … Continued

What COVID-19 Taught Me About Leadership

Andrew Kleine is the author of City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes (Rowman & Littlefield). He has served as budget director for the City of Baltimore and Chief Administrative Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland.  Connect with Andrew on email and Twitter. For the privileged … Continued

Are You Lacking Motivation Right Now? You’re Not Alone.

Today’s Buzz is by Samantha Roberts– connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter! Favorite book:  When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams Favorite Movie: Twister or Dante’s Peak, hands down Least Favorite Food: I have tried for my entire life to appreciate tomatoes and and I just cannot do it, so help me The other day while working from … Continued

COVID, Hell, and Grace

I will be honest with you.  I am writing this during my very own two-week hell time period.  It happens once a year, where the moons align evilly – and in 2020 with COVID-19 – the fury is real.  Some of Hell Week (I will notate is time period in the singular, even though it … Continued

You Were Laid Off… Now What?

This post is by ELGL member and GovLove cohost Alyssa Dinberg. Connect on Twitter and LinkedIn. As cities look for creative ways to financially recover from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19, many have already or will begin to impose furloughs or even layoffs as a last resort to balancing the budget. Many of us … Continued

Finding Sanity During an Insane Time

Today’s Morning Buzz comes to you from Ann Marie Townshend, the City Manager of Lewes, Delaware. What I’m Reading: The Carpenter by Jon Gordon What I’m Doing: Preparing to open our public beaches for Memorial Day Weekend The other night, as I lie in bed trying to fall asleep, I am feeling a bit short of … Continued

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