If you’re considering a career as a politician then firstly, you’re brave. Secondly, there are many areas of politics in which to practice and for some, the natural progression into politics comes from many different places.
Those who have studied law are often seen in frontline politics. Barack Obama is a lawyer and in the UK, … Read More »
Thanks to globalization, it is now possible to experience firsthand the incredible array of cultures, languages, and societies that make up the world. In fact, international experience is not only possible; it is becoming essential. Time spent abroad can teach engagement, outreach, problem-solving, and language skills, assets valuable to any profession. Many of these skills … Read More »
In today’s organizational environment, human resources (or personnel as it was once referred to) is being asked to do much more than simply recruit talented employees, oversee benefits, and maintain personnel records. They are now responsible for 1) legal compliance as it relates to maintaining those employee records, 2) managing employee leave in accordance with … Read More »
There are a number of threats that face local government today. The public sector is dealing with spiraling pension costs, annual increases in healthcare expenses for active employees and retirees, and other employee-related expenditures that continue to rise. At the same time, revenues are down or at best flat. Then, to add insult to injury, … Read More »
Virtually every private sector area is focused on the proverbial ROI or Return on Investment. If an entity is going to commit to implementing a technology-centric solution, it has to be financially beneficial in the long run. Typically, the standard is 12 to 18 months. Municipal government, on the other hand, is different. In addition, … Read More »
Public-Private Partnerships is a phrase that is often overused and under supplied. In today’s economic environment, I have found that genuine partnerships are needed to achieve the return of investment, time, and energy for both the private and public sectors. Building a community, revitalizing a downtown, and creating a special place, is difficult work. Cities can grow or … Read More »
Many local governments are desperate for economic development; they want their jobs in their communities. Unfortunately most local governments fail miserably at inducing business growth. Below is a simple ‘how-to’ lesson local governments can use to initiate economic development.
Years ago there was a popular television series based on a father raising three sons. No, it … Read More »
There is an invisible line in the Public Service. And what makes that invisible line? Decision makers. If you are around the decision makers, buddies with them, influencing them, and maybe even making decisions with them, then you are on the right side of that line!
And the payout of being on the right side of … Read More »
Decreasing revenue streams and budget shortfalls have led to hiring freezes, unpaid furloughs, and in many cases, layoffs of state and local government employees across the country. And while the private sector is feeling its own brand of pain, the recession has placed public sector employment in a precarious position.
However, the news isn’t all doom … Read More »
Any individual who advocates for mandatory local government term limits for local government offices has either never worked in local government or Is a fool.
Term limits for County Board, City Council, Mayor, Township, Borough, Parish or School Board public offices would be a disaster. In my opinion they would create three things:
Inconsistent local government policies
Absurd … Read More »