After 30 years in the municipal government business, most of it in management, I’ve spent my share of time in meetings. Many of the meetings turn out to be merely an opportunity for an elected official or a member of the public to take random shots at an employee over a situation that they really have no control over.
Additionally, most of the ridicule heaped on is based upon anecdotal information and not empirical data. By providing elected officials with the best possible information and data upon which to base their decisions , I have successfully reduced the intensity of the ridicule by the public of myself, as well as the elected body. Unfortunately, this approach has found me labeled a “smart ass” by some.
I determined very early on in my career that there are those individuals who believe government employees are asses. The only ability I had to influence that perception was to be perceived as a “smart ass” or a “dumb ass”. I chose to be perceived as a “smart ass” by trying to always have answers supported by data and correct information.
If you are interested in a free consultation regarding your municipal data and how I can help you be perceived as a “smart ass”, I’d love to hear from you. My phone number is 814 (502)-4904, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org , and my web address is http://www.municipalgunslinger.com. Your residents will be glad you contacted me. I look forward to hearing from you real soon to discuss how we can work together to take your organization to the next level.