I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
You are doing an excellent job as the Cudahy Economic Development Director.
You wonder why people in the past looked for development 10 to 15 years down the pipeline? With that type of thinking, the grand Master Plan would have expired and a new one would either be in place or underway!
You understand that some projects do take a year or two to come about, but that should be the exception not the norm. Dragging out projects doesn’t do anything for the city and its people, but does make for good job security! When you hold the ruler, you can measure things as you see fit. It's important to act now; to start the ball rolling 'Worst thing' is inaction! This is not a paper exercise; this is the real world where results are required and as fast as they are needed!
“Action is the real measure of intelligence.” - Napoleon Hill
You have called the local owner of the Packard Plaza and other small malls if there is anything else you can help them do to improve things and help them find some to fill the vacancies.
You get a call from a small business owner who would like some help. So you get on the horn and call the Mayor to go with you and meet him there (he is pounding the payment doing a walkabout to other
You get to your destination, listen to the owner, offer suggestions, and you talk with the Mayor about possible solutions.
The Mayor tells the business owner that they welcome the debate and any new input for improving the methodology and ways of communications between the City and its business community are always welcome! I don’t follow the school of thought of serving fudge every three or four years or painting a rosy picture just to get elected or reelected!
The Mayor tells you, “We must not fail in our duty and our responsibility to the citizens.
We need to listen to the questions, ideas and the concerns of the people who matter the most, the citizens, and business of
You whole heartily agree with him and go back to the office to work on implementing some of the changes needed and which possible solution works best.
On the drive back to the office, you think about that the trouble with politicians and democracy is they all the time have to compromise, they can't do what they want to do because there is somebody in opposition. It certainly takes a lot longer to do something and how grateful you are that your position is not political! An old adage says you get the government you deserve.
When you get in you see an email from Average Joe. It reads:
“One of my friends sent me this link and I found it helpful so I will pass it on. I know many people at one time thought that IKEA was the silver bullet to fix
You read the next email as well which talks about upscale.
“I have shopped at Trader Joe's in
What is upscale? Again, subjective! V Richards, Sendiks, Woodmans, Pick N’ Save, Kohls, Sentry, Meat Market, Piggly Wiggly, Meyers, Krogers, Open Pantry, White Hen?
To whom and compared to what?
What is your definition of upscale?”
It really makes you think that there is no silver bullet and the naysayers were all wrong, since after Mayor McCue was defeated, Wal-Mart talked with the new Mayor and built a wonderful store in
You question what your predecessors did with their time and why they need so many underlings. It begs the question of not being able to manage time or were they milking it! What could it have been? In the end, results not promises or fancy sheets of paper of what may or may not be in the pipeline. Pipelines don’t pay taxes, pipelines don’t employ people, pipelines can become pipedreams if people are not careful. Everyone should be working toward the same thing. It is just how hard and at what speed everyone is doing it at. What matters most is your level of motivation and your willingness to get them done in the best possible way in the fastest time possible!
You keep asking yourself, “What’s a realistic assessment of the future growth potential here?”
You look at this, as it is an opportunity to take risks. Clearly, playing it safe isn't working, but you still will place every opportunity through the, “SWOT” Analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project or in a business.
You remind yourself that all of the city’s business that you are doing must help the city and its people and you need to take your personal feelings out and take a step back and make the decision, which cannot be driven by pure emotion, but must have reason as well! You don’t have to love the decision, just understand it and live with it. Look at the trees and the
Whilst most politicians paint a fake rosy picture to win support, you don’t have that, your results need to do the talking just as it should for politicians and the spin must stop!
"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do. “ - James Barrie