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#ELGLInspire's last stop for the 2019 academic year! ELGL is headed to Northern Illinois University on April 26, 2019! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them on social media before and after the event! Mike Skibbe Deputy Director of Public Works, Village of Buffalo Grove Website | Linkedin...

Ellie and Jill are two anonymous ELGL members who answer your questions about HR and workplace issues. Submit your question for their attention at [email protected] Dear Ellie and Jill - I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines about the toxic workplace at the “Ellen” show. I’d like to say I’m surprised (Ellen is so happy! There’s...

Join us in welcoming the 2020 Crisis Management Cohort participants! These 36 local government professionals have signed on for a six-week course from ELGL & The Drucker Institute on how to balance competing values, prepare for planned abandonment, and ensure equity in the face of unprecedented changes and challenges. The cohort kicks off next week...

ELGL and Apolitical are thrilled to announce the members of the 2020 Equity Ambassadors Cohort!  This cohort is the first of ELGL's newly formed Cohort Sprints - short, boot-camp style online programs to help local government practitioners access resources, build peer to peer networks, and learn rapidly to address the pressing issues facing today's governing...

Mike Skibbe (Twitter and LinkedIn) What I’m Watching: My coworkers on GoToMeeting What I’m Reading:  Killing Commendatore - Haruki Murakami What I’m Listening To:  Home Office DJ on Apple Music A small percentage of LocalGov entities had work from home policies.  I looked longingly at those beacons of modern management philosophy.  Two things have happened. ...

Today's Morning Buzz is by Kirsten Wyatt. Connect with Kirsten on LinkedIn and Twitter! What I'm Reading: New York Times coronavirus coverage, all day long What I'm Listening To: The Cold War: What We Saw  What I'm Watching: LegoMasters on Fox The title of this post is an actual quote a college friend made about...

This post is brought to you by Mike Skibbe as part of ELGL's "Creative Community" learning series about the role of arts and culture in local government. Sign up to guest blog about your local government experiences with creative placemaking here - tell your story so we can learn from you! "When the energy of...

Mike Skibbe (Twitter and LinkedIn) What I’m Watching:  Pocoyo (a delight of a kid's show) What I’m Reading:  Killing Commendatore - Haruki Murakami What I’m Listening To:  Still Untitled, the Adam Savage Project Why does your department exist? It's not an existential crisis.  It's Friday and nobody has time for an existential crisis at work. Mission,...

Today’s Buzz is by Greg Stopka (Twitter and LinkedIn) What I’m listening to: Joe Rogan Experience with guest Robert Downey Jr. What I’m watching: Sherlock What I am reading:  New SQL code as we launch a new recreation software As I mentioned in my last #morningbuzz, one of my favorite guilty pleasure shows to watch...

These ten Traeger Award winners represent everything that's good in local government. Join ELGL in celebrating their accomplishments, and connect with them on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn from their expertise. ELGL and Zencity are proud to honor these ten leaders with a Traeger Award! Meet all the Traegers! #91-100 #81-90 Jason Reisdorfer Director of...

Today's Morning Buzz is by Mike Skibbe (Twitter and LinkedIn) What I’m Reading: The Beast by Jade Gurss What I’m Watching: Letterkenny Problems What I’m Listening To: The Worklife Podcast As the year winds down, and holiday parties fill our schedules, it’s a traditional time of reflection on the past year. Best of lists fill...

Today’s Buzz is by Greg Stopka (Twitter and LinkedIn) What I’m listening to: Sports radio about the Bears loss in London What I’m watching: Matt Nagy press conference about why the Bears loss in London What I am reading: Bears blogs about how to never again lose in London One of my favorite guilty pleasure shows...

Mike Skibbe (Twitter and LinkedIn) What I’m Watching: Street Outlaws (It's like real housewives, but car guy drama) What I’m Reading: Bringing Out The Best in People, Aubrey Daniels Are performance evaluations still broken? When searching this topic at ELGL, the last post seems to be from five years ago. The frustration of evaluations not...

  Mike Skibbe,  Twitter and LinkedIn What I’m Watching: F1 German Grand Prix: Chaos in the Rain What I’m Reading: The Five Disfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencione What I’m Listening To: Criminal Episode #119: Using a concrete Budha statue to reduce city littering! One of my favorite Morning Buzzes (Buzz's?) was Will Hampton's...

Relive the glory of the Three Norsemen of the Datapocalypse webinar and learn from Mike Skibbe, Tom Milas, and Steve Fritz about how the Village of Buffalo Grove, IL moved to data focused decision making in the Public Works Department.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Noon PDT Free Webinar! Registration required Learn how the award-winning Village of Buffalo Grove, IL team uses their work and asset management data to improve everything from snow and ice control to daily vehicle checks. They’ll share how data is used to drive decision-making across the village and the importance of...

Dear City of Scottsdale, AZ- As a representative of the 2018 recipients of the prestigious Cartegraph + ELGL Clarity Award, I am writing you today with congratulations.  Government frequently does good things, but its also important that we share those stories in clear, meaningful ways.  Your story this year was inspirational. So congratulations on winning...

  Mike Skibbe,  Twitter and LinkedIn What I’m Watching: Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix) What I’m Reading: The Advantage by Patrick Lencione What I’m Listening To: The Dollop Episode 15: Ten Cent Beer Night Executive coach Peter Burchard once told me that Cubs legend Ernie Banks* used to walk into a business and could...

ELGL is headed to Northern Illinois University for an #ELGLInspire program on April 26, 2019! Northern Illinois University Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center Friday, April 26 | Noon - 3:30 RSVP Noon - Arrive, check in, catered lunch 12:15 - Welcome from ELGL & ILCMA 12:30 - Quick Fire Presentations From Local Government Practitioners These...

ELGL is headed to the University of Illinois - Chicago for an #ELGLInspire program on April 4, 2019! University of Illinois - Chicago CUPPA Hall (412 S. Peoria Street) Thursday, April 4 | Noon - 3:30 RSVP | Download the flyer Noon - Arrive, check in, catered lunch 12:15 - Welcome from ELGL's Zach Navin...

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