Resources, Articles, News, Videos and Inspirational Quotes.
VIDEO OF THE MONTH:
"Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe"
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests it's someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety—especially in an uneven economy—means taking on big responsibility.
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: "What Motivates Us At Work? More Than Money" by Jessica Gross/IDEAS.TED.COM
"When we think about how people work, the naive intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze," says behavioral economist Dan Ariely (TED Talk: What makes us feel go about our work?) "We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like."
Instead, when you look carefully at the way people work, he says, you can find out there's a lot more at play—and at stake—than money. Ariely provides evidence that we are also driven by the meaningfulness of our work, by others' acknowledgement—and by the amount of effort we’ve put in: the harder the task is, the prouder we are.
"When we think about labor, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it: meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.," Ariely says.
"Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration" by Ed Catmull - BookReviewed by TLP Cohort #5 Member
Creativity Inc. takes readers on a journey of how Pixar came to be and the evolution of a business and the leaders within the company.
It highlights Ed Catmull's interactions with people with different ideas, approaches, agendas and his experiences with project successes and failures. Growing on his interactions and experiences, he infuses the book with introspection and philosophies on how to improve himself, the well being of his staff, the success of the company and the quality of the product.
I would recommend this book.
"Leading By Influence" a T2 Center Supervisor's Signpost
The ability to influence is an essential leadership skill. To influence is to have an impact on the behaviors, attitudes, opinions and choices of others. Influence is not to be confused with power or control. It's not manipulating others to get your way. It's about noticing what motivates employee commitment and using that knowledge to leverage performance and positive results.
A leader's ability to have influence with others is based on trust; in fact, our influence expands in proportion to the amount of trust that exists in a relationship. Let's take a look at how leaders effectively build trust and increase their influence with others.
National Public Works Week is next month. As leaders, you may wish to use the opportunity to thank your crews.
“The Power of Public Works” theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week poster gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization.
From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or man-made disasters, public works services determine a society’s quality of life.
This year’s poster honors the vital contribution public works professionals make every day to communities all across North America, and it invites the public to celebrate their quiet dedication and indispensable influence on our way of life.
Click here to find resources and event ideas to help you celebrate and recognize your amazing public works crews .
39th Annual CASHO Equipment/Technical Show: May 10, 2018
Are you looking for professional development activities for your crews?
CASHO is committed to keeping our industry on the cutting edge. Recognizing that state and municipal budget cuts have been severe in recent years, it is essential that funds provided are utilized as efficiently as possible. With your support, the 2018 CASHO Equipment/Technical Show is recognized as the show that public works and municipal officials "can't afford to miss." The equipment/technical show is unique and varied in nature and serves as a valuable educational tool to all in the public sector.
Sign your crews up today and come visit the onsite T2 Center representatives who will be running the education stations!