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Ethical Behavior: The Baldrige Director’s Lesson

on March 31, 2012 - 5:46pm

Christine Schaefer

As any (self-certified) Baldrige geek knows, the Criteria for Performance Excellence consider legal and ethical behavior among the key requirements for high-performing leaders of any organization. In the first section, known as category 1, the 2011-2012 Criteria ask, “How does your organization promote and ensure ethical behavior in all interactions?”

Anyone who’s familiar with Baldrige Program Director Harry Hertz knows well that his personal leadership of the program since 1996 has provided many inspiring examples of ethical behavior.

 (Disclosure: He was my past but

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Everybody Comes to Work Wanting to Do a Good Job

on March 30, 2012 - 8:02am

The title of this Insights column reflects what has been my guiding philosophy ever since my first managerial position. And I truly believe that the statement is accurate. Throughout my career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with many wonderful people. This observation led me to muse recently about what makes employees not just good, but exceptional—the types of employees we all want as colleagues and staff members. Having written previous columns on characteristics of exceptional leadership and governance, I think it’s time for me to comment on characteristics of
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Rotary Club Thanks

on March 21, 2012 - 4:24pm

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our third annual Crab Fest held recently at Central Avenue Grill. With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students, and we will begin construction this summer of the new Memorial Garden at LAHS, replacing the original, which was demolished during construction of the new high school buildings.

In particular, we wish to thank Kelly Myers of ReMax of Los Alamos; Andy Staples of Andy Staples Golf; and Matt Schmidt of the

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Dispatch from the Field: District 43

on March 18, 2012 - 1:46pm

Rep. Jim Hall

The diversity and community that exists in House District 43 is unique and rewarding for all. As your State Representative for District 43 I received many positive comments about my legislative updates from the 2012 Session and I believe constituents will want to know of my continuing work in the District. In this brief periodic column, I will continue to discuss state government concerns and issues that arise while I work with constituents and communities in District 43. If you live in District 43 and have an issue or a concern, I welcome your comments and questions.

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Life on the Border

on March 17, 2012 - 2:27pm

Column by Bonnie Gordon

All my adult life, I’ve been a border crosser, moving from one place, social milieu, or state of mind to a new one often.

It all started when a working class kid from Boise, Idaho decided she wanted to grow up to be an intellectual.

Where this hunger to explore big ideas and hang out with other people who wanted to the same came from, I couldn’t tell you.

It propelled me to get a full scholarship to Reed College where I was suddenly surrounded by preppies and other members of the upper middle class. It was quite a shock.

Being a border crosser means you never

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Los Alamos needs YOU

on March 13, 2012 - 8:12am

You undoubtedly have ideas for the future of our community and on how the county government should serve its citizens today. You have the opportunity to put those ideas into ACTION. 

Three county councilors and a county clerk will be elected next November. You could be one of them; the process starts now.

Roughly 14,000 adults call Los Alamos home and care about it. All are affected by county government. In this community of extraordinary people, there are hundreds with the knowledge and skills to help lead it. 

Are you one of the handful with the desire and courage?

The only legitimate

Signs of the Times

on March 8, 2012 - 4:05pm

Bad Signage Examples?

In mid-March, the Community Development Department (CDD) held an initial public kickoff meeting for a renewed effort aimed at revising the existing Los Alamos County sign code.  Past efforts to revise our much maligned sign code have met with failure over the last half-decade plus. The last sign code update was attempted by then CDD director Rick Bohn in 2009. That attempt was derailed, in large part because of a dispute over how to handle temporary signs placed in truck beds and elsewhere. The proposed revisions would have prohibited such signage.

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