Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Setting Goals

There is a good summary of goal setting on the Mind Tools web site http://www.mindtools.com/pages/Newsletters/27Mar07.htm. As I am looking toward the end of another (annual) election season, I anticipate going through the goal setting process again with the commission. For most of us, goal setting is what we look forward to every year as we try to improve the situations our communities find themselves in.

I wrote a short speech for the Mayor over the weekend that focused on the creation of goals. I found a quote from a fellow in Atlanta who said that it wasn't the failure to reach goals in our life that was wrong, it was not having goals in the first place.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Web Presence

Several weeks ago, I attended an AT&T web seminar where using the web as an important part of making your community presence known. Here is the URL where you can listen to the recording of that broadcast.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

What are you reading?

I was reading from my list of Blogs tonight and I ran across this clip from 800CEORead. I have or have read three of the five books below. It got me to thinking about what everyone might be reading. Anyone care to share?

Five Best from Ken Roman, Former Advertising Executive

Saturday's Wall Street Journal had a list of the five blue-chip business management books. The list was compiled by Ken Roman, a former advertising executive. I think it is one of the best lists I have seen.
1> The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
2> Management and Machiavelli (out of print) by Antony Jay
3> What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School By Mark McCormick
4> Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
5> Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? by Lou Gerstner

800CEORead calls it "a brilliant list."

On my reading table is Execution: the discipline of getting things done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Our college president loaned me his copy. I have just read chapters 1 & 2. I already know this is one I will read again.