12.31.12 Your Morning Buzz

ELGL News and Notes

The High Five

  1. A Bold Concept for Post-Sandy Manhattan – In New York City, the wreckage caused by Hurricane Sandy has created the unique opportunity not only to plan for the protection of the city, but also to re-imagine it. Rising water tables and increasingly frequent “100-year storms” are big challenges. New York City needs to respond in a big way.

  2. In Damascus, a tiff between mayor and manager costs taxpayers – Damascus has problems enough without its mayor racking up a taxpayer tab because he’s angry.

  3. A day in the life of… city managers – After managing local villages and cities for the past 30-plus years, Glenn Anderson’s favorite part of the job continues to be the people.

  4. The World’s Most Active Twitter City? You Won’t Guess It – Not that we need the slightest bit of further evidence of the global nature of social media, but I still felt the study, “Geolocation Analysis of Twitter Accounts and Tweets,”   by the Paris-based research firm Semiocast, contained numerous morsels of #twitterly interest. 

  5. What Gets Dropped on New Year’s Eve – New Year’s Eve isn’t just for New Yorkers. Sure, they get their fancy ball drop, watched by millions. But cities and towns across the United States have their own traditions for ringing in the New Year.


The Fiscal Cliff


Inside Portlandia


Outside Portlandia

Your Guidance Counselor

How the Most Successful People Motivate Themselves (And Stay Motivated) – You can’t achieve your goals–which can include your New Year’s Resolutions–unless you get started.

A Great Lesson from a Young and Reluctant Manager – When Amanda Pouchot was 25, she left her analyst position at McKinsey to co-found Levo League, a startup that provides young women with career advice and resources. It was a big risk: uncertainty, uncharted waters, etc. But the biggest challenge, she writes at Fortune, was learning how to manage people.

Top 25 grammar and language mistakes – One of the things that rots my socks is the misuse of the English language. I’m no grammar zealot and I’ve been known to make my own mistakes (usually the result of poor proofreading), but at least I care about words. While it’s true that corporate communicators need to aim at colloquial language—we don’t want to be so colloquial that we assault our readers’ eyes with errors. Here are 25 of the most common ones you should watch out for.

Competition Leads to Workplace Corruption, Research Shows – Does intense competition naturally lead to unethical behavior? A new research paper, Customer-Driven Misconduct: How Competition Corrupts Business Practices, suggests that many organizations in highly competitive markets are likely to bend the rules if doing so will keep their customers from leaving for a rival firm.


The World Wide Web

Social Media Directors are Finding a Place in Government – Social media or new media directors are fairly new in government, but their numbers are growing at all levels — and these positions are primarily being filled by individuals born in the mid-1970s and later.

I Sent My First Tweet in 1986 – In the 1980s, Evan Rudowski ran the news ticker at One Times Square. Today, he is the CEO of SubHub, a leading provider of digital membership solutions for associations and publications. A native New Yorker, Rudowski now lives in Bath, England, with his wife and two children.

Shy of the Social Media Spotlight? Get Over It. I recently taught a workshop on crisis communication at a top business school. Afterward, a mid-career executive came up to me with a question. But it wasn’t about how to handle rogue employees, or industrial accidents, or philandering CEOs. Instead, it concerned a far more personal sense of crisis: her overwhelming fear of public criticism if she became active on social media.

Disruptions: The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes -Dealing with the F.A.A. on this topic is like arguing with a stubborn teenager. The agency has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane’s avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims, spreading irrational fear among millions of fliers.

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Thousand Points of Light

Hales, Novick, Fritz set public oath ceremonies – Hales will be sworn in as Portland’s next mayor at 10 a.m. on Jan. 2 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is invited to attend. The chamber doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

The newly created City of Milwaukie Audit Committee has an opening for one citizen member with an interest in City government financial operations, with preference first given to a Certified Public Accountant residing within City limits and second to a Certified Public Accountant with City affiliation.

New Year's Eve, 1935/1936