Mixin’ It Up with Taylor Lough, Richardson, TX

Posted on August 26, 2015

For the second year in a row, ELGL will be co-hosting an event at the ICMA Conference. This year we’re bringing a couple of pianos and booking a much larger room. More than 500 local government professionals from all areas of local government will attend. Registration will continue until we reach maximum capacity. We recommend registering as soon as possible. Let’s get prepared for the ELGL and ICMA “Mixing in Perfect Harmony” event by hearing from our guests.

Taylor Lough, City of Richardson, TX

Taylor Lough

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If you could pick any three bands (dead or alive) as the opening act for the Dueling Pianos event, which would you choose?

  • Taylor Swift because she is sure to bring an excellent guest (just look at the randoms she has brought on stage during her summer tour)
  • Maroon 5
  • Fleetwood Mac

When I learned the ICMA Conference was being held in Seattle, I thought…. better pack my trench coat.

I knew local government was the career for me when…..I studied American Politics in Washington D.C. for a semester in college.

Our #13Percent Initiative focuses on increasing diversity in the local government workforce. Give us your perspective — does local government have an issue?
Continue to focus on mentorship and education. In order to diversify we need to reach out to the next generation, to show them that local government is an option for a future career. They won’t be interested in local government if they don’t know anything about it.
The Seahawks lost the Super Bowl by passing instead of running from the 1-yard line. Give us your best tip(s) for rebounding from difficult situations.  
Accept that particular situation- Coach Carroll did what he thought was best in that situation (we hope… maybe… the jury is out on that one). Moving forward, we learn from our mistakes / mishaps- Seahawks’ protection gets stronger and reads the defense better. In order to do both things though we need to encourage forward thinking and innovation. If a plan is well thought out and seeks to answer a problem, organizational leadership needs to be behind their staff. That way, if they experience push back or fail, they have someone to be behind them sweeping up the mess along side them with a pat on the back that says you tried.

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