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Humour a Great Prescription

Humour a Great Prescription

Can laughter really help us heal? Anecdotal evidence and some studies seem to point in that direction. Scientists aren’t sure. But why wait for them to figure it out? Just yuck it up. It certainly can’t hurt. Scientists know that laughing increases the rate at which the heart beats and the muscles contract. Laughter stimulates […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on July 31, 2019
The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

The mercury is rising and about to burst the thermometer, the kids are out of school for the summer, and the neighborhood pool is singing a siren song – to those who should be hard at work. None of this does much for productivity around the municipal office. So, what is a good municipal boss […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on July 31, 2019
The Granddaddy Question of them all …

The Granddaddy Question of them all …

The great majority of municipal administrators, mayors and counselors I’ve met in over 30 years of recruiting consider themselves pretty good at interviewing. While some do have a knack for interviewing, for most of them “pretty good” is definitely stretching the truth a little! I’ve been through literally hundreds of interviews – some good and […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on June 28, 2019

 Potholes and the PW Manager and the rest of the story

 Potholes and the PW Manager and the rest of the story

One rainy day in late March, Bryan, the PW Manager for a small town, had just left his office for the drive home when he spotted yet another large pothole in the road – one of the hundreds that had already appeared throughout the town. “It’s almost like clockwork … every spring …,” he said […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on March 30, 2019
The Other Woman

The Other Woman

  After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, “I love you, but I know this other woman loves you … and would love to spend some time with you.” The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on February 3, 2019
Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

Would anyone buy a piece of equipment for public works without first getting the advice of someone who really knows equipment? Our guess is, they wouldn’t! So, why would anyone want to hire someone without an expert opinion? A bad hire can cost 5-10 times one year’s salary (often thousands of dollars more). In most […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018

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A BATTLE…in the War for Talent

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on April 30, 2019
A BATTLE…in the War for Talent

  It seems as if the war for talent is never-ending. Ever since the dawn of modern municipalities, towns and cities have been looking to attract and retain the best possible people. I first used the phrase the war for talent  in 2015 when I wrote an article by the same name. Later that year, Ravenhill […]

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You never get a second chance to make a first impression… but does that really matter?

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on February 28, 2019
You never get a second chance to make a first impression… but does that really matter?

The candidate comes through the door. You shake their hand and begin the interview. Within a couple of minutes, you’re convinced this is the person you’ve been looking for. But have you been misled by your first impressions? Things aren’t always what they seem According to an article I saw in Business Insider a “First Impression” […]

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The ART of caring for your staff

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on February 3, 2019
The ART of caring for your staff

One way to a build stronger organization and to put your municipality on the right path to success is to let them know you care. But how can you demonstrate genuine care?  It’s an ART Here are three simple ways to do it: Affirm them. Request their opinion Take a genuine interest (ask about their families). […]

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