On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) April 24

There’s a question asked to a child:
“What would you like to be when you grow up”?

There’s a question asked on a job interview:
“What do you see yourself doing five years from now”?

There’s an old saying that goes like this:
“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

DUNCANVILLE VOTERS:
Here’s are two questions to ask of your candidate:
1. What’s your vision of Duncanville and what specific things will you work toward
so that vision can become a reality?

2. Have you ever been involved in a strategic planning process and what was your contribution?

Claim:  The Mayor states on her campaign website “I have a vision for Duncanville”.

Fact:  In our 2013 Council Retreat, we spent approximately 25 minutes out of 8 hours talking about the future.  This discussion was led by another Councilmember.  The Mayor has never brought it up again…..that is, until re-election time.

Here why this is important:

“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” –Walt Disney

BECAUSE…….

“If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) April 23

Q:  Mayor Hodge, what is the reason why you ran for office?

A:  The City took advantage of me!

Q: Dr. Dotson, what is the reason why you are running for office?

A: The City took advantage of me!

Q: Dr. Jones, what is the reason why you are running for office?

A:                                                                (crickets chirping)

“It’s not about you. It’s about them.”
Clint Eastwood

DUNCANVILLE VOTERS: There are three candidates running together who believe that the election is all about them.  My question is: How can you better the community if everything is about you?

It is not about you. It is about us….the rest of us.

Beginning Monday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 6 and on election day Saturday May 10 vote for candidates who will put your interests ahead of their own.

Think about it.

 

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) April 22

“Where there’s no progress, there’s no growth. If there’s no growth, there’s no life. Environments void of change are eventually void of life.”
Andy Stanley

I so enjoyed the DuncanSWITCH street market last Saturday morning.  I received a lot of favorable comments from those who added the event.  And speaking of those who attended, I noted people from the surrounding cities of the Best Southwest (BSW) even Midlothian and possibly further.  So, thanks Monte Anderson, Daniel Rad Flores, Duncanville Design Studio, City of Duncanville employees, Main Street vendors and to everyone involved in the event.  So much life in the downtown district of Duncanville.  Did you miss it?  Check out the next one the third Saturday in May and every third Saturday of the month.

Duncanville: A great place to live, work and play!

I’d like to close with a political plug:

DUNCANVILLE VOTER:  We need more change in the City Council. Help us continue the work to make this quote a reality for our city: 

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”
Seth Godin

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series) April 21

From the current Mayor’s campaign website:
“Q. Why is there so much negativity in the news about the Duncanville City Council and what can be done to fix it?
A. Much of the negativity is occurring because a certain group of people, with special interests, want to have total control and they are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. They also act like they are above the law when it comes to following our Charter and State Statues. This negativity will only go away if we elect Council members who have committed to represent the citizens, follow our Charter, and respect all individuals.”

My response….

“A true Leader does not point fingers
A true Leader does not assign blame
A true Leader does not celebrate the mistakes of others
A true Leader points you in the right direction
A true Leader assigns praise however meager the task
A true Leader celebrates the accomplishments of his team
I true Leader Leads.”
― Mark W. Boyer

Early voting begins one week from today.

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series)

“The person who sees the difficulties so clearly that he does not discern the possibilities cannot inspire a vision in others.”
― J. Oswald Sanders

Looking at our community through the eyes of Mayor Hodge, one can clearly see difficulties.

The broken relationship with Monte Anderson.
“Three new Councilmembers teaming up with another Councilmember to take control of the Council”.
“A certain group of people with special interests want to have total control”
“The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)”
“Many voters in Duncanville not spending the time it takes to be knowledgeable about how the City is run”.

Looking at our community through the eyes of Mayor Hodge, what are the possibilities?

All I have seen from her since I have been a Councilmember is gridlock and anger.

Gridlock, anger and personal vendettas should not be the vision for Duncanville.

Here’s the good news: It’s time to trade up!

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series)

“Great leadership involves three things. The ability to realize when you are wrong, a willingness to learn from it, and an eagerness to change course if necessary.”
― Jeffrey Fry

The following question was recently asked to Mayor Deborah Hodge: “Why is there so much negativity in the news about the Duncanville City Council and what can be done to fix it?”
Here is her answer:
“Much of the negativity is occurring because a certain group of people, with special interests, want to have total control and are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. They also act like they are above the law when it comes to following our Charter and State Statues”.

Really?

The Council has invited the firm of Locke, Lord to verify that the behavior of the Council over the past two years is consistent with the Duncanville City Charter.

Mayor Deborah Hodge voted against this effort.

Why would she not take advantage of the opportunity to prove true what she claims….(1) her own integrity and (2) expose the actions of “the certain group of people (who) act like they are above the law when it comes to following our charter”?

DUNCANVILLE VOTER: Maybe Mrs. Hodge doesn’t want you to know the truth.

Think about it.