"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I haven't posted an article here in a while, so I thought I would break the silence. I have been doing a lot of processing lately - not something easy to write about. Talking with people with projects in town, working with other city officials and staff, and researching on my own have preoccupied my last few weeks.
After a couple months in my new position, the need to build relationships has risen to the top. I want to not only better know the people I am working with, but know how to work together better. Being an elected official is complicated because of the specific legal processes that must always be followed.
I am taking some internal time to work on my relationships with our council, mayor and staff. It is challenging and inspiring. I think the quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh says, communication is emotional, but rewarding. That is the process of being in a new team and figuring out how to make it work, and that's how I feel now.
As new council members we were thrown into action. We are making decisions and determining priorities from day 1. That's the job. But it's impossible to do a great job and feel really good about your work without knowing your team and being able to work well together. Through all the unique people and all the rules guiding us, we have to find our way to work together - to trust each other.
"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principal that holds all relationships." - Stephen Covey