VIDEO OF THE MONTH: 40 Leader Speeches in 2 Minutes
Anyone who works in the public works and transportation industries will tell you the month of May is a very busy time of year. It is during these busy times that we need to find inspiration and encouragement so that we can pass them on to our crews.
Inspiration has become
something we need, and sometimes we find it in the most unlikely places. So sit back and watch this
2 minute video
, a montage of our favorite movie characters and their moving leadership speeches.
ARTICLES OF THE MONTH: APWA - Core Responsibilities of a Public Works Leader
The American Public Works Association (APWA) has published a two-part guidance position statement on leadership. In April, we shared the 1st part
Core Competencies of a Public Works Leader
This month, we will focus on APWA's
Core Responsibilities of a Public Works Leader
The APWA encourages the Public Works community, it's professionals, practitioners, policy makers and decision makers at all levels of government, to exercise leadership in the following areas:
- Asset Management
- Community Involvement/Transparency
- Emergency Response
- Professional Development
- Succession Planning
The APWA's Leadership and Management Committee has updated this position statement to highlight key responsibilities Public Works leaders need to address to lead high performing organizations.
The Way You Make Decisions Impacts Your Team in More Ways Than One
by KJR Consulting
The collaboration movement has made its mark on many organizational cultures. Gone are the days of autocratic bosses handing down decisions to their unquestioning employees. Today's leaders value the knowledge and perspectives of their team-members and strive to leverage their input to make the best decisions possible.
For the most part, this is a good thing. Employees report higher levels of commitment, work satisfaction, and morale when they are given a voice in decisions that affect them.
However, just as there are still a few leaders who have yet to cease ruling with an iron-fist, there are just as many who have taken the idea of democracy too far. Utilizing too much of a command-and-control style can have a negative impact on employee commitment, follow-through, and performance. But at the other extreme, too much forced harmony and consensus can render a team ineffective.
How, then can you find the right balance in your decision-making to maximize efficiency and commitment at the same time?
to find out.