Weekly Leadership Articles

Dear Fellow MDCCMA Members:

On behalf of the MDCCMA Executive Board,

As part of an effort to empower leadership and team performance in your organization, we would like to share weekly leadership articles with our members. Said articles will also be made available on our MDCCMA website to be shared with your management team.

Please feel free to forward to our attention any relevant leadership articles that you would like to share as well. Please forward the article(s) to Karina.LaRosa@cityofdoral.com

LEADERSHIP ARTICLES:

  1. If Your Innovation Effort Isn’t Working, Look at Who’s on the Team
  2. It’s not fear that gets in the way of daring leadership. It’s our armor.
  3. Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge?
  4. “You’re amazing!” How to win this rare praise
  5. How to Be an Inspiring Leader
  6. 4 Hurdles Facing the First-Time CEO
  7. The Powerful Words All Great Leaders Speak
  8. How to build workplace symmetry and win
  9. 5 Ways You Can Move Outside Your Comfort Zone
  10. Want Radical Innovation? Make Sure Your Team Feels Safe and Connected
  11. 4 Ways to Combat Lukewarm Leadership
  12. How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage
  13. The greatest contribution of a leader is to make other leaders
  14. Why You Need to Stop Talking to Start Leading
  15. Winning the War for Talent in The Public Sector – Promising Practices – Management
  16. Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?
  17. How to make work more meaningful for your team!
  18. Bright Ideas: Leadership That Encourages Innovative Thinkers
  19. 5 Qualities of Emotionally Intelligent Leaders
  20. How to Make Certain Your Team Doesn’t Flatline Before the Finish Line
  21. 5 Ways to Master the Art of Team Management
  22. Legacy
  23. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
  24. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  25. How to Create a High-Performance Team, According to Over 1,000 Top Executives
  26. What Sets Successful CEOs Apart

Ethics Training for Elected Officials

The Town of Cutler Bay will be hosting an “Ethics Training for Elected Officials,” on Tuesday December 11, 2018 at their Town Center Building.

The training session will be presented by Robert Meyers, Esq. of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman, and will cover the Ethics Ordinance, Sunshine Law, Public Records, and Citizens Bill of Rights.

For further information, please contact Debra Eastman, Town Clerk at (305) 234-4262 or Deastman@cutlerbay-fl.gov.

Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Candido Sosa-Cruz, Treasurer
Miami-Dade City & County Management Association
candido.sosa-cruz@citynmb.com

Miami-Dade City & County Management Association Holiday Luncheon

On behalf of the MDCCMA Executive Board, we invite you to this year’s Holiday Luncheon, Friday, December 14, 2018, at 12:30pm at the Links at Key Biscayne Golf Course, 6700 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

Self parking in front of entrance.

Please send all RSVP’s by December 7, 2018 to Candido Sosa-Cruz at candido.sosa-cruz@citynmb.com.

Register Now!

I can’t make it

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Candido Sosa-Cruz, Treasurer
Miami-Dade City & County Management Association
candido.sosa-cruz@citynmb.com
305-948-2900

Special Guest Speaker at the 11-06 Meeting- Pallavi Awasthi

Pallavi Awasthi will be a guest speaker at our November 6, 2018 meeting.

Research Project on the City-County Managers Leadership

This research project investigates individual and organizational attributes of servant leadership Behavior (SLB) among local government leaders in the United States. Servant identity and moral potency are investigated as individual attributes, and organizational social capital and co-production of public services are investigated as organizational attributes of SL. Service climate serves as the mediating process between servant leadership and organizational attributes. Mixed research methods approach – a survey and a comparative case study analysis is utilized to examine the SL attributes. The survey data is obtained from 67 counties and 410 municipal governments across the State of Florida. Two counties and two municipal governments will be chosen based on the high and low servant leadership behavior scores obtained from the survey to conduct the in-depth case study analysis and comparisons…..read more.

Pallavi Awasthi Brief Bio

Pallavi is a fourth-year Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs at Florida International University (FIU). She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from FIU and a Master’s in Industrial Relations from India. Prior to joining the PhD program, she worked on a UNDP sponsored research on Leadership Development in Indian Civil Service and Center for Leadership at Indian School of Business (ISB). Her doctoral research work centers around examining servant leadership among local government administrators. City-County governments in the State of Florida form the empirical basis of her dissertation research. Pallavi is particularly interested in developing new tools and methods for servant leadership development among local government administrators. Pallavi spent most of her childhood in a village in rural part of North India, where she faced financial constraints and gender discrimination to pursue education. Pallavi’s interest in servant leadership research and development is borne out of her personal background and her research on leadership in Indian Civil Service. Post completion of her doctoral studies, Pallavi intends to establish a public service leadership research center. The center will drive the vision to integrate wisdom of East and West on servant leadership development.

 

Synopsis: Research Project on City-County Managers Leadership

Introduction

This research project investigates individual and organizational attributes of servant leadership Behavior (SLB) among local government leaders in the United States. Servant identity and moral potency are investigated as individual attributes, and organizational social capital and co-production of public services are investigated as organizational attributes of SL. Service climate serves as the mediating process between servant leadership and organizational attributes. Mixed research methods approach – a survey and a comparative case study analysis is utilized to examine the SL attributes. The survey data is obtained from 67 counties and 410 municipal governments across the State of Florida. Two counties and two municipal governments will be chosen based on the high and low servant leadership behavior scores obtained from the survey to conduct the in-depth case study analysis and comparisons.

Municipal leaders are the closest to their constituencies who need to listen and respond to the needs of citizens. The leaders need to serve the public in an ethical manner while keeping up the values of public service (Denhardt & Denhardt, 2000; Nalbandian et. al. 2013; Hart, 1984; Rohr, 1989; Cooper, 1982; Svarra, 1987). Servant leadership approach offers good potential at the local government level for given its community focus. The municipal leader routinely works closely with the community and are required to integrate the practice of ethics and service culture in ‘public service’. This builds on the Greenleaf’s idea of institutions as servants. Greenleaf emphasized that if just one major institution makes a substantial move towards distinction as servant and sustains it, the quality of total society will start to improve. Local governments are uniquely situated as institutions to perform and sustain as servant’s overtime, then only a substantial improvement is possible in the communities they serve.

Importance of Research

For long, public administration scholars have argued about how to develop the moral and service-oriented behavior of public servants, which is a daunting subject (Menzel, 2014; Cooper, 1992, 1982). Investigating the motivational and psychological dimensions of moral and servant identity as critical developmental dimensions of SLB answers the question that why certain individuals will behave as servant leaders and others won’t. This is a significant contribution towards servant leadership literature in public sector in resolving the puzzling question whether the moral and service-oriented behavior can be developed among public administrators. Third, this study extends traditional PA theory to the New Public Service (NPS) paradigm. NPS recognizes the role of the citizen as a partner in the governance process. This study contributes to our knowledge base in implementing leadership models and internal organizational mechanisms which can strengthen relationship building, trust, and employee engagement, create a conducive organizational culture to forge successful partnerships with citizens. Forth, understanding individual and organizational attributes would significantly contribute toward servant leadership development and training materials for the local government administrators. The ultimate goal is to improve the service culture of local government departments so that the agencies are responsive to the needs of their constituents.

How Might this Study Findings Influence Practice?

Examining servant identity and moral potency as servant leader’s individual attribute will help practitioners towards the development of servant leadership behavior. At present, servant leadership behavior is conceptualized based on the normative service and ethical orientation of leader’s. This research will change the approach from normative to the developmental servant leadership. Assessment of moral potency and servant identity is a new addition to the leadership development and ethics training of public administrators. The investigation of overall conceptual framework in the context of local governments will suggest a recruitment policy in selecting local government managers who are high on servant leadership.

Description of Research Methodology

County and municipal government agencies form the empirical context of the research. The leader and his directly reporting sub-ordinates are the respondents in the study. For the consistency in the data collection, the heads of the specific departments who directly report to the city/county manager will be selected. The research design is comprised of an online survey and a complimentary comparative case study based on the servant leadership scores obtained in the online survey.

Survey: The survey will be conducted online using FIU Qualtrics. Link to the survey will be sent to the county/city municipal government employees. Separate questions will be asked of the department leaders and their directly reporting subordinates (responses from both will reduce common source bias). The questions will be organized in blocks for each of the variables. The questions (Likert scale) for each block are drawn from previous studies that have validated them. Each variable will be constructed as an index from the pertinent questions. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) will then be used to identify the individual attributes of SLB and its organizational outcomes.

Case Studies: Based on the survey scores, I will identify the county and city governments which depict high and low SLB. I will then conduct in-depth case studies of the two counties to understand the deeper dynamics of how SLB is manifest (or not) in the agencies, and how SLB affects organizational outcomes. The contrasting cases would be useful in not only verifying the survey findings but also in uncovering the other factors that are pertinent to SLB manifestation. I will conduct the case studies on site. It will include in-depth, semi-structured interviews with the agency’s officials (leaders and subordinates) and examination of secondary documents (e.g. leader’s mission statements). The interviews and relevant secondary documents are coded using NVIVO qualitative data analysis software to identify the common themes. The case studies will conclude with contextual individual and organizational factors across the cities and counties.

Social Media 101 for Municipalities

Dear MDCCMA Members,

The City of North Miami Beach, in conjunction with the City of Hallandale Beach is hosting a reception and panel discussion regarding Social Media 101 for Municipalities on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Candido Sosa-Cruz, Secretary
Miami-Dade City & County Management Association
candido.sosa-cruz@citynmb.com

***Mark your calendar and save the dates for upcoming MDCCMA meetings***

Friday, August 10, 2018: MDCCMA School Safety and Municipal Partnership
Friday, September 21, 2018: MDCCMA Installation Dinner

The Miami Dolphins is hosting an “Association Night”

Hello Members,

The Miami Dolphins is hosting an “Association Night” on Thursday August 2nd from 6:30pm-8:00pm to help associations like ours increase brand awareness, network with other top associations in South Florida and look into possible partnerships with the Miami Dolphins.

This event will include:
– Open Bar & Appetizers
– Dolphins’ Legends sharing stories and partnership opportunities
– Raffle Prizes and giveaways
– One Night Only Incentives for all attendees
– Taco’s and Tequila for the early birds

To RSVP for this event, please contact:

Scottie Frisina
Miami Dolphins
Account Executive, Group Sales
P: 305-943-6540 F: 305-943-8150
Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, FL 33056

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Candido Sosa-Cruz, Secretary
Miami-Dade City & County Management Association
305-948-2900
***Mark your calendar and save the dates for upcoming MDCCMA meetings***
Friday, August 10, 2018: School Safety and Municipal Partnership
Friday, September 21, 2018: MDCCMA Installation Dinner

Luncheon August 10, 2018

On behalf of the MDCCMA Executive Board, a friendly reminder: Friday, August 10, 2018, Luncheon will be held at 12:30 PM at the Doral Government Center, 8401 NW 53rd Terrace, Doral, FL 33166.

For driving directions, please click here.

Guest Speaker: Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.

Topic: School Safety and Municipal Partnership.

Register Now!
I can’t make it

Sincerely,

Candido Sosa-Cruz, Secretary
Miami-Dade City & County Management Association
candido.sosa-cruz@citynmb.com
3059482900

 

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Friday, September 21, 2018: MDCCMA Installation Dinner

PLEASE REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!

Job Opportunity – City Manager

Dear Fellow MDCCMA Members,

We would like to share with our members the following job opportunity:

The City of Nixa, Missouri is searching for a new city manager.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a visionary and creative problem solver.  Nixa is a well-managed suburb of Springfield, with about 21,000 residents and offers a truly exceptional quality of life.

Interested parties can review the full opportunity description at https://www.governmentresource.com/CurrentSearches or they can reach out to Strategic Government Resources and speak with Sr. VP Kirk Davis at 817.337.8581 or e-mail Mr. Davis at KirkDavis@GovernmentResource.com.

Regards,

Edward A. Rojas
City Manager
City of Doral
8401 N.W. 53rd Terrace, 3rd Floor
Doral, FL 33166
E-mail: edward.rojas@cityofdoral.com
Office: 305-406-6734
Cell: 786-399-8987

WCCD Meeting at City of Doral

Dear Fellow MDCCMA Members,

The City of Doral cordially invites you to meet representatives from the World Council of City Data (WCCD), the world leader in standardized city data. The meeting will serve as an introduction to the WCCD Smart City certification program used by the City to become a Certified Smart City. The World Council on City Data (WCCD) is the global leader in standardized city data – creating smart, sustainable, resilient, and prosperous cities.

They host a network of innovative cities committed to improving services and quality of life with open city data and provide a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. The WCCD is a global hub for creative learning partnerships across cities, international organizations, corporate partners, and academia to further innovation, envision alternative futures, and build better and more livable cities.

Meeting information:

Date/Time:
Wednesday, 07/11/2018
From 10:00 AM to Noon

Location:
City Government Center
8401 NW 53rd Terrace
3rd Floor
Doral, Florida 33166

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Rosalind.Ramirez@cityofdoral.com.