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Community Engagement Report from KU

I have recently enjoyed reading the Community Engagement Report. If you need a reminder, in April and May of this year JCL managers and the KU Public Management Center engaged the community through a series of stakeholder interviews, focus groups and surveys. More than 14,500 community members responded to the survey and we received more …

The work at Johnson County Library never stops

We are getting close to the opening date for Monticello, and there is a lot going on surrounding the opening of a new location. The work of the library does not stop, and I thought you might like to know about some of the other things that are occurring at JCL. The KU Public Management …

Working with others means working on yourself first.

In my previous posts, I have written about motivation, assertiveness and accountability. Gallup’s study showed that people wanted to see these three attributes in management. The fourth attribute is “relationships”. This ubiquitous term has no meaning unless you confine the definition. In this article, the term relationship is framed as the ability for a leader …

Leadership: Accountability

We all have a story of a time when we have really messed up and we know it.  Here is mine. A car screeched to a halt and my friend, his older brother and I froze. I could not see the car; the trees blocked it from my view. I did hear the slam of …

James T. Kirk School of Assertiveness Training

In a previous blog post, I explored the qualities and attributes of motivation in relation to management. I concluded that leaders are not born with the innate skill to motivate; it is something they develop over time.  Remember, to find work that is interesting and meaningful for your staff.   The Gallup study stated that …

Thanksgiving and Strategic Planning (A letter to my staff)

Have you ever tried to buy a turkey the evening before Thanksgiving? I have firsthand knowledge and can assure you that it is a painful process involving the endless search for a parking space and stalking people with your car that you see leaving the store. It means navigating congested grocery aisles and squeezing past …

The Gobbledygook of Management

A recent Gallup study on the “State of American Managers” states, “Only one in ten people have the high talent level to effectively manage others. Another two in ten have functioning managerial talent”. They go on to explain that the two in ten that show functional abilities can be coached and mentored, and will eventually …

What do genius spaces look like?

Do we still need books when we have the Internet? This question comes up from time to time and I wish I had a simple answer. To be fair it is not a simple question. I was listening to Walter Isaacson talk about his most recent book “Leonardo da Vinci” on NPR. I never knew …

The Magic of Astronauts and Libraries

One of the greatest joys in my life is getting to hear authors talk about their stories. This year I had the honor to listen to Astronaut Scott Kelly talk at the Unity Temple in Kansas City. Kelly set the record for the greatest amount of time in space for an American. He spent a …