Category: I Have To Ask You

I Have to Ask: Learn All the Skills

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Shannon Mills, Strategic Performance Management Analyst, Pinellas County, Florida, writes about her previous work experience at Nielsen. Last year, I made a (huge) professional shift from being a telecom research analyst at Nielsen to a strategic … Continued

I Have to Ask: Libraries and Homelessness

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jamie Eustace, Library Director, City of Baytown, TX, writes libraries as special places. His name was Reese His body was found under an oak tree in front of the library before we opened one Monday. Reese … Continued

I Have to Ask: Communicating Complex Budget Info

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Adam Blowers, City of Geneva, New York,  Comptroller & Assistant City Manager, writes about the challenge of communicating budget information with the community. I try to find the humor in every situation, which I’ve become quite … Continued

I Have to Ask: Silver Tsunami as a Recruitment Opportunity

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Matt Hartleib, HR Manager and Director of Civil Service, City of La Porte, Texas, writes about the “silver tsunami” as a recruitment opportunity. Google “silver tsunami.” Better yet, stop by your organization’s HR offices and say … Continued

I Have to Ask: Lessons from KCMO

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Javon Davis is Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Fire Department. Javon worked the City of Kansas City, Missouri from 2016 to 2018.  I learned so much during my time with the City of Kansas City, Missouri … Continued

I Have to Ask: Why Are You the Way You Are?

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Erika Harper (Twitter & LinkedIn), Public Information Officer for Town of Mead, Colorado,  writes about the person who most positively impacted her career. Last fall, and as an elective for my master’s program, I enrolled in … Continued

I Have to Ask: Fifteen Years is a Lifetime

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Tim Wolff, Lake Isabella, MI Village Manager, writes about his 15-year tenure. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  This February will mark my fifteenth anniversary as the Village Manager for the community of Lake Isabella. … Continued

I Have to Ask: Motherhood

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Kate Green, City of Peoria, Illinois, writes about balancing motherhood and work. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  Becoming a mother has redefined how I view the passing of time. I used to be … Continued

I Have to Ask: Keeping It Real and Timely

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Angela Thompson (LinkedIn & Twitter), Director of Communications and Outreach with the City of Canton, highlights the need for a new kind of communications. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  Sharing information has never been … Continued

I Have to Ask: Evolving Role of an Assistant City Manager

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Micah Grau, Assistant City Manager, City of Buda, Texas, writes about the skills needed to succeed as an assistant city manager. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  I’ve been fortunate to spend my young … Continued

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