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Jul 1st, 2019
08:00 AM
about 5 months ago

For an organization to be healthy, the relationships must create more energy than they burn.

Seems like a simple and to the point statement but when you sit down and think about how this statement impacts you, it can be very perplexing.  When we are inclusive of other perspectives when establishing direction, we are building community.  When we operate in our own little silo and don’t communicate freely and openly with other stakeholders we create distance and a breech of trust.  I ask that we all take responsibility to respond to our stakeholders in a timely basis acknowledging receipt of their message with an approximate time we will get back with them.  Then do what you said you were planning to do.  Relationships will thrive and partnerships develop to help accomplish those projects we face. 

We do a good job of this most of the time.  We need to do a better job of communicating all the time.  Starting with me.  I will strive to improve communication, collaboration, and improve my responsiveness to all City of Jasper stakeholders.  I would much rather be the fuel source than the energy drain.

Mayor Dean Vonderheide