Thursday, August 03, 2006


Stand up, sit down

Years ago I had a law firm as a client in my business and I learned there are two kinds of lawyers: “stand up” [litigators like criminal and personal injury] and “sit down” [corporate, real estate, estate planning, etc.]. I thought about that this week because mayors have both stand up [public appearances] and sit down [behind the scenes meetings and policy work] duties.

This has been a sit down week with several meetings on meaty issues that I can’t talk about here until they go public at Council meetings. Some were problem solving, some were future focused, and some were devoted to giving staff direction on a variety of matters. The public appearances can be fun and glitzy, but the serious parts of the leadership challenge are played out in weeks like this one.

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