Posts Categorized: CitySpeak Blog Podcast Video

You Know You’re in a Recession When Your Neighbor’s Out of Work, But You’re in a Depression When You’re Out of Work!

You Know You’re in a Recession When Your Neighbor’s Out of Work, But You’re in a Depression When You’re Out of Work! The last 6 economic recessions have taught us much about what happens at City Hall and other municipalities during financial downturns. Rather than simply relying on seniority, bumping rights, and MOUs, why not… Read More »

*NEW* CitySpeak Podcast – Video

Dear municipal partners, MuniTemps has expanded it’s CitySpeak blog to include a Podcast available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. The CitySpeak is also available on the MuniTemps YouTube channel as a video blog. The CitySpeak blog, podcast, and video will appear every Thursday, to continue to expand the educational, professional, and community-based content that we… Read More »

WHY WOULD I WANT TO WORK HERE?

WHY WOULD I WANT TO WORK HERE? This is a question I asked a City Manager during my final (one on one) interview in 2006 for a Finance Director job. He told me I was one of two finalists for the position. After an hour of meeting together, he asked me the usual final question… Read More »

The Economic Roller Coaster…Brace Yourself!

You know it’s serious when your banker tells you HE’S stressed from today’s economic uncertainty. Nothing makes sense. The relationships between economic indicators, interest rates, the stock market, inflation, unemployment, none of it makes sense. It’s as if you’re on the X2 roller coaster, and it’s your first time. Not knowing what’s next can cause… Read More »

JOB MORE VALUABLE THAN MONEY IN BANK

JOB IS MORE VALUABLE THAN MONEY IN THE BANK  PDF Version   This is no time to panic.  Stay focused on doing your job, especially if you can do it safely and according to CDC guidelines.  Look for ways to quantify how you are adding “value” to your organization or company, because your job is… Read More »

WHAT GOOD IS MONEY WITHOUT DISNEYLAND?

WHAT GOOD IS MONEY WITHOUT DISNEYLAND?  Read PDF Version People young and old have for decades enjoyed the magic of Walt Disney, a visionary leader who saw the future need to provide a place where people from all over the world could “get away from it all” to enjoy a day of family fun, happiness,… Read More »

GET WOKE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

GET WOKE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION! PDF Version Public transportation is a unique opportunity to get woke, to get real with real people. This past weekend my wife reluctantly accepted my invitation to take public transportation (Amtrak) on our trip from San Diego to Truckee, California, to attend the annual “Owners Only” retreat of the California… Read More »

When Robots Get Physical With Humans

WHEN ROBOTS GET PHYSICAL WITH HUMANS View in PDF The year is 2035, and robots are common assistants and workers for human owners in the movie “I, Robot.” It is the story of a Chicago Police Detective, Del Spooner, and his investigation into the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning, who works at U.S. Robotics, in… Read More »

BULLIES AT CITY HALL?

BULLY OR TEAM LEADER: LEARNING THE DIFFERENCE AND STANDING UP PDF Version We’ve heard the story a thousand times, right? You can’t give in to a bully. When the bully takes your lunch money one day, he’ll be back the next day for more. But what happens when the bully is your boss? Or a… Read More »

YEAR OF WOMAN IS NOW!

“YEAR OF THE WOMAN IS NOW!” Click Here to Read in PDF March 8 is International Woman’s Day, and the entire month of March is being celebrated as Women’s History Month, I thought it appropriate to dedicate this CitySpeak newsletter to recognizing the important role women have played in my career and my life. This… Read More »