November 2015
VIDEO OF THE MONTH: Daniel Levitin: How to Stay Calm When You Know You'll Be Stressed
You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded -- the pre-mortem. "We all are going to fail now and then", he says. "The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be"
Click Here to watch this very informative video.
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: 9 Things Managers Do That Make Good Employees Quit

It's pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about - few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.
Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don't leave jobs; they leave managers.
The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that's required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager's part.
First, we need to understand the nine worst things that managers do that send good people packing.
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Sharing Enriches Everyone with More Knowledge 

As we welcome our fourth cohort to the Transportation Leadership Program, I think about the wealth of knowledge we have in our program.
As a member of the TLP you don't only have the opportunity to learn from us, you also have the chance to share knowledge and learn from each other.
This Peeriodicals section of our Leadership Lessons is intended to give you an opportunity to share resources with your TLP colleagues. As we get ready to being 2016, consider articles, books, quotes or other leadership lessons you learn and share them with us so we can enrich all of our knowledge.
Donna Shea
Welcome to Our New TLP Cohort #4!

Earlier this month, the following members of the  Public Works Community were notified of their acceptance into the Transportation Leadership Program Cohort #4. We look forward to being part of their educational journey. Please join us in welcoming our new TLP Cohort #4!  
Congratulations to:
Robert Barone - City of Danbury
Paul Bellagamba - City of Waterbury
Lino Bruno - CT Dept. of Transportation
Gabriella Circosta-Cohee - Town of Greenwich
James Clifford - Town of Greenwich
Kevin Gambacorta - Town of Ellington
James Gracy - Town of Beacon Falls
John Haggerty - CT Dept. of Transportation
Arthur Labrie - CT Dept. of Transportation
Timothy McCrorey - City of New Britain
Kelli McKeon - CT Dept. of Transportation
Patrick McLaughlin - City of Norwich
Timothy Nolan - City of Danbury
Samuel Plumley - City of New Britain
Eric Simms - City of New Britain
Daniel Stanton - Town of New Milford
John Szruba - CT Dept. of Transportation
Michael Thompson - City of New Britain
John Wells - CT Dept. of Transportation
Carlos Wimberly - CT Dept. of Transportation  
To learn more about the TLP Program click here.
ALL TLP COHORTS: Keeping Connected to Training

 During the late Fall and Winter months, it can be difficult to keep crews focused on training and professional developments. Help your staff stay on top of technical and operational information  by taking advantage of our safety  briefs and tailgate talks.
Visit the resources page on our website to access training tools on a wide variety of topics and share the information to keep your crew safe over the Winter and to give your agency a head start for a safe and healthy Spring.

Remember the difference between a boss and a leader;
a boss says "Go!"
a leader says "Let's go!"
- E.M. Kelly
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