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


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

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.


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.


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

The Town of Miami Lakes is recruiting for a new Town Manager

Dear MDCCMA Members,
The Town of Miami Lakes is recruiting for a new Town Manager prior to the retirement of the current Manager.
The Town has asked that we share the job announcement with the MDCCMA Membership.
Interested applicants should click here for a full description and more information.
Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.
Candido Sosa-Cruz, Secretary
Miami-Dade City & County Management Association
***Mark your caledar and save the dates for upcoming MDCCMA meetings***
Friday, May 18, 2018: MDCCMA Luncheon – Property Appraiser Ad Valorem Outlook and Lobbyist Panel Discussion, will take place at 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, 1395 NW 57th Avenue, Miami, FL 33126 at 12:30 PM.
Friday, June 15, 2018: MDCCMA Luncheon
Friday, July 20, 2018: MDCCMA Luncheon

Municipal Cybersecurity Training Session

The Miami-Dade City/County Management Association (MDCCMA), the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) and the Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN) hosted a Municipal Cybersecurity training session on March 2 in Bal Harbour Village.

The session was moderated by Brian Andrews and included: Charles Brad Leopard from the U.S Secret Service, Lars Schmekel, CIO of Miami-Dade County, Michael Capote, ProPrivatus, Gurvirender Teejay, St. Thomas University, Steven T. Lutinsky and was hosted by Bal Harbour Village Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez and Assistant Manager Ramiro Inguanzo.


Mrs. Yolanda Aguilar Celebrates 35 Years of Service

On behalf of the City of West Miami, Mayor Eduardo H. Muhiña, Vice-Mayor Candida Blanca, and Commissioners Juan M. Blanes, Rhonda A. Rodriguez, and Luciano L. Suarez hereby unite in recognizing Mrs. Yolanda Aguilar our City Manager who celebrates 35 years of service to the City of West Miami, 24 of those years serving as City Manager.

Attached please find a copy of the press release (English and Spanish).

You are cordially invited to attend the regular City Commission Meeting on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 7:30.


The Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA), the Miami-Dade City/County Management Association (MDCCMA) and the Local Government Hispanic Network (LGHN) invite you to participate in a customized training session focused on management-level Municipal Cybersecurity issues.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join us to participate in interactive case studies and to hear from an expert panel of subject matter experts on the following:

  • The evolving legal cyber risk landscape

  • Tactics of hackers from high-profile breaches

  • Common myths of Cybersecurity

  • Critical elements in a successful cyber program

  • Interactive actions to increase cyber resiliency

10 Best Practices for Cybersecurity in 2018:

  • Assess your Risk

  • Educate and Train Your Users

  • Maintain Compliance

  • Create Specific Access Controls

  • Maintain Security Patches

  • Monitor Applications with Access to Data

  • Back up your Data

  • Know Your Vendors

  • Beware of Social Engineering

  • Create a Data Breach Response Plan

DOWNLOAD – Municipal Cybersecurity Training Session


This is an outstanding opportunity to become Village Manager for a beautiful three island paradise situated within scenic and serene Biscayne Bay.


The successful candidate for Village Manager for North Bay Village is required to possess a Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Engineering or Fiscal Management with no less than 3-5 years experience in the administration of local government or a related field. A Master’s degree and experience in local government as a Village Manager, Deputy or Assistant Village Manager within the State of Florida is preferred (prior managerial or Assistant/Deputy managerial experience a plus). Applicants considered for the position must undergo and pass a physical examination, background clearance checks and drug test. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace.

DOWNLOAD – Village Manager Detailed Advertisement


Neat Streets Miami’s Tree Matching Grant


























In an attempt to reach the Million Trees Miami goal of one million trees planted by 2020 to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy for Miami-Dade County, our Street Tree Matching Grant program is now in its third year. Funded by Miami-Dade County, this grant engages municipalities, non-profits and community organizations in planting native or Florida-friendly trees on the County’s corridors and gateways.

The goal of this program is to leverage the County’s street tree program by encouraging investments on County or local streets.

Grants of $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to communities that demonstrate the greatest benefits for residents, employers and visitors, and can provide a stewardship plan for our joint investment.

Eligible candidates include municipalities, non-profits and community organizations. Grant applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to areas with low-to-moderate income populations and/or with 20 percent or less tree canopy
  • Match (availability of funds)
  • Community outreach component (plan to engage public for approval of project)
  • Impact (diversity of tree species, number of trees, location)
  • Ability to implement project by deadline
  • Maintenance Plan (short-term and long-term)


  • Grant announcement: Oct. 25, 2017
  • Application deadline EXTENDED to January 31, 2018
  • Award announcements: Feb. 16, 2018
  • Planting by July 27, 2018
  • Final report by August 10, 2018

For more information or questions, visit the Neat Streets Miami webpage, email greenup@miamidade.gov or 305-755-7849.

Municipal Partnership in Evacuation Center Staffing Needed

Dear MDCCMA Members,

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Director/Director of Emergency Manager Mr. Curtis Sommerhoff requested that we share the below information with the other City Managers.

The 2017 Hurricane Season was one of the most active in recorded history. Miami-Dade County experienced its share of successes and challenges with the impact of Hurricane Irma. Our After Action Reports following Irma provided an opportunity for us to review and make improvements to our plans and processes.

To that end, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has issued a mandate to the Office of Emergency Management to recruit, train, and staff all Evacuation Centers operated during times of emergencies. This mandate requires that government at all levels come together to meet the needs of our community.

We ask all municipalities within Miami-Dade County to identify staffing in order to assist in the following capacities:

  • Law Enforcement – assist the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department in providing security at evacuation centers within municipal and neighboring jurisdictions
  • Fire Rescue/EMS – provide Health & Medical support at evacuation centers within municipal and neighboring jurisdictions
  • Evacuation Center Operations – provide sworn or civilian employees to assist in areas such as registration, logistics, dormitory management, etc.

Additionally, we ask all municipalities to identify facilities within their respective jurisdictions that may be used as evacuation centers pre and/or post-disaster.

Meetings will be scheduled in the near future to address and review each area’s specific goals and objectives. In the interim, representatives tasked with reviewing and coordinating these requests may use the following points of contact for more information:

Law Enforcement:
Roger Reguera, Sergeant
MDPD Special Patrol Bureau
(305) 468-1251

Fire Rescue/EMS
Rowan Taylor, Chief
(786) 331-4402

Evacuation Center Operations
Lou Alexis, Emergency Management Coordinator
MDFR Office of Emergency Management
(305) 468-5427