Magazine article Public Management

What's Something That Your Management Colleagues Might Not Know about You?

Magazine article Public Management

What's Something That Your Management Colleagues Might Not Know about You?

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County Manager

Larimer County, Colorado

My avocation is running whitewater rivers, and I used to be a professional river guide. I consider my experience as a river guide more valuable than any other training--even grad school.

Working with groups in challenging environments taught me team dynamics, motivation, and dealing with diverse skills, fears, and strengths as well as balancing all these to get the team safely through challenging rapids. Group dynamics on trips of several days and the challenge of a wilderness experience constitute a microcosm of human behavior and teamwork.

Rivers have taught me about politics and community relations as well. Veteran guides read and work with the river, reading eddies and flow patterns, and ending up exactly where they want to be.

Education and keeping up with management trends are important, but my time on the river has given me the edge to be successful in this continually challenging profession.



City Manager

Minot, North Dakota

I've been an ICMA member who will receive a 35-year service award this year and who also has served Minot since 1979. Because the state I live and work in has such a small population, we do not have a state association for managers.

Instead, I participate in the Great Open Spaces City Management Association (GOSCMA), which has members from five different north central and northwestern states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho).

Although it does require more travel than would otherwise be the case, being a member of an organization from such a large geographical area has been beneficial in many ways, including gaining knowledge about local government similarities and differences in our various member cities.

On the personal side, some of my colleagues may not know that my wife and I are the parents of three sons and have five grandsons, including indentical triplet boys born this past January! …

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