VIDEO OF THE MONTH: Dare to Disagree (A Case Study)
In the workplace and in our personal lives, most people instinctively avoid conflict. In this Ted Talk, five-time CEO Margaret Heffernan shows us how good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates this idea with a case study, and examines the career of 1950's doctor Alice Stewart. By purposefully working with individuals who tried to prove her wrong instead of simply agreeing she was right, Dr. Stewart made one of the most important discoveries in modern medicine. Heffernan shows how to take the lessons from Dr. Stewart's case and apply them to your own work.
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: Workplace Professionalism- Make it a Daily Part of Your Life
Ethics are the moral standards we rely on when making decisions. While ethical challenges can crop up in any workplace, their significance is heightened when they occur in the public sector. This article highlights a presentation given by Minnesota Director of Transportation Jim Grube at the 2014 American Public Works Association Minnesota Chapter Workshop. Grube discusses the need to maintain honesty and integrity in all facets of work, and how you can promote ethical behavior among your crews when you lead by example.