I wrote about buying "A Class With Drucker" last time. It got me to reread the "Effective Executive" again. This is my third time of reading the book and will probably do so a 4th and a 5th time.
As I read this time, I thought about how to include it in the Municipal Leadership Academy class that Don Osenbaugh and I teach. The League forgot to tell me it is not on the schedule this year so I have a bit more time to work out a new plan.
If you haven't read the book recently, I recommend that you spend some time with it. I guess that the older I get the more I see in the book that I missed in the two earlier reads. I plan to outline it the next time through and pull its nuggets out.
I just finished “A Class With Drucker” tonight. It is certainly a book to read again. It was well written. Although he didn’t write on leadership here are eight points that he taught in is classes and writings.
1. Integrity first
2. Know your stuff
3. Declare your expectations
4. Show uncommon commitment
5. Expect positive results
6. Take care of your people
7. Put duty before self
8. Get out in front
Buy this book for Christmas for yourself.
I received this from Don Osenbaugh
last week. It comes from Amazing Cities newsletter.
Bad things sometime happen in spite of everything we do. Although we can't change the situation, we can change how we react to what happens. When the snow is falling and three of the six snow plows are broken, don't spend time crying. Make a plan and get busy. Get out front and don't let them see you sweat. Rearrange the schedules and communicate. You will find that a positive attitude can take the place of five or six snow plows.
· Get organized. So many cities are like so many individuals. Junk stacks up and takes up more and more space and time. Do a "house cleaning". Get rid of old equipment and unneeded vehicles. Some cities have discovered that they can significantly reduce insurance costs by cleaning out unused or obsolete equipment.
· Make meetings enjoyable. Sure there are serious issues facing your city, but treating everything as a crisis wears down even the most positive people. Lighten Up. You will find that even the most hardened citizen will soften if the mood is a little lighter. Be serious when it is warranted, but don't conduct your meetings as the Watergate hearings.
Surround your city with inspiration. On your website, in City Hall, at your parks, place positive messages that create a feeling that your city is a place that cherishes positive attitudes. Instead of a sign that says "Do Not Litter" consider one that states, "Our Citizens Love A Clean City". Doesn't the message still come across?
Write handwritten notes to citizens and employees. We send so many form letters that citizens feel disconnected from the governing process. You would be surprised how many positive comments I receive when I send a handwritten note to a citizen. Don't forget to acknowledge younger citizens for their accomplishments.
· Practice Empathy. Try to understand what it is like to be in someone else's
shoes. Reflect back to them how you think they are feeling, such as "It sounds like that was a difficult situation for you." Remember that empathy does not mean that you accept blame, only that you can relate to how someone feels. Let's face it, we can all relate to a basement full of raw sewage, even when the engineer says that it wasn't the city's fault