Northwest Passage with Ryan Adams, City of Irving, TX

Posted on June 28, 2015

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For the second year in a row, ELGL will be 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.

Ryan Adams, City of Irving, TX, Assistant to the City Manager


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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?

  • Weezer
  • The Bamboos
  • Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayem (band from the muppets)

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Keep busy.  Yes go over what you did, but don’t dwell on it.  As soon as you can, start working on your next project or your next idea.  You’re going to have to get back to the grind at some point so the sooner the better.  And don’t worry about a failure or mishap dinging your professional reputation.  I’d rather work with someone who has some disappointments sprinkled in with their successes than someone who’s never tasted the bitterness of an intractable situation.  Show how you can learn from challenges and how one event’s outcome won’t affect the potential of the next one.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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