3 Interesting Learnings from the City of Dallas

3 interesting learnings blog post city of dallas Aug 30, 2022
3 Interesting Learnings from the City of Dallas

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Listening to my podcast with Bill Zielinski, CIO, at the City of Dallas is jammed packed with interesting nuggets.

This week's 3 Interesting Learnings include:

 

1. You Can't Throw the Whole Team on the Field at the Same Time

2. The Context in Which You Exist as an Individual Can Affect You in Your Profession, and Vice-Versa

3. Your Goal is to Work Your Way Out of Your Job Let's dive in: 

 

1. You Can't Throw the Whole Team on the Field at the Same Time

In several conversations with CIOs, a major concern has often gravitated toward ensuring that their teams have the freedom to problem-solve. No one wants to spend their time micro-managing. 

But throwing open the doors and setting everyone loose on the field would create more chaos and work! So, where is the balance? The City of Dallas taps into their coaching experience to bring sanity into managing a large organization:

 

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2. The Context in Which You Exist as an Individual Can Affect You in Your Profession, and Vice-Versa

CIOs might not be psychologists by profession, but understanding psychology sure seems to help in staying ahead of issues that could infiltrate team morale:

 

3. Your Goal is to Work Your Way Out of Your Job

What does that mean? Work my way out of my job? This was one of the most fascinating points of this particular conversation.

Isn't the mark of your value the fact that others view you as irreplaceable? Bill challenges this mindset by saying the goal of CIOs should be quite the opposite: 

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Be sure to listen to my conversation with Bill Zielinski, CIO, the City of Dallas, on your commute home from work today - it's 28 minutes. And then let me know what you picked up from it- I'd love to learn from you.

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