“Gloom and Doom?â€‌

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A Career in Local Government: Is It Still “Worth It”? Kevin C. Duggan ICMA West Coast Regional Director. “Gloom and Doom?”. Labor Strife/Conflict. Public Distrust/”Tea Party”. Public Pension Controversy. More Demands/Fewer Resources. Budget Cutting Service Reductions Layoffs. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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A Career in Local Government:

Is It Still Worth It?

Kevin C. DugganICMA West Coast Regional Director1Gloom and Doom?2Labor Strife/Conflict

Public Distrust/Tea Party

Public PensionControversyMore Demands/Fewer ResourcesBudget Cutting

Service Reductions

Layoffs

The Great RecessionThe New NormalFewer Entry and Promotional Opportunities

YES, BUTDoes Misery Love Company?Government is Not Optional

If it Really is the New Normal it will eventually become NormalThe Value of Meaning and PurposeFeelings of Meaning and Social Connection Undergird HappinessMichael Norton: Harvard Researcher on The Psychology of Happiness

Public Service Provides a Clear Connection Between an Individuals contribution and a Public Benefit

Bob ONeill: The Coming Decade in Local GovernmentLocal Governments are Consistently Rated Most Favorably by Citizens.Despite Anti-Tax RhetoricNearly 70% of Local Initiatives Approved. Most People Want to Live In A Quality Community With Great Services.Easier to Communicate to Constituents What They are Paying For.Easier to Engage Citizens/Taxpayers in Priority SettingSome Suggestions:Connect the Dots Between Your Work and the Work of Your Organization and the Quality of Life in Your CommunityKnow Your Story

Believe Your Story

Tell Your StoryKnow Your Audiences and Consistently Tell Your Organizations StoryCommunicate to Every Employee Their Role in Communicating the Meaning and Value of the Work of the OrganizationAdam Davis: DHM Research--Portland

Show Openness to Change/ReformDemonstrate Your Ability to Respond to Community PrioritiesMaking Friends One Customer at a TimeTell Stories of How Your Government is Improving the Community/Citizens LivesDemonstrate Accountability and TransparencySome Personal Coping StrategiesKeep EVERYTHING in Perspective

Take Career Risks (But For the Right Reasons)

Its a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Maintain Balance:Attitude; Time; Life

We cant always control what happens to us, but we do control how we respond

Its Only Business, Dont Take It Personally (or make it personal)

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Dont lose faith. Im convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. Youve got to find what you love..your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is Great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you havent found it yet, keep looking. Dont settle.

Showing Up is 90% of Success

LIFE, WELL RUN ICMAs Campaign to Explain and Promote the Value of Professional Local Government Management