Leaders who are so busy these days that they feel they don't have time to think can become ineffective and dysfunctional, Steve Tobak writes. "I'm more in favor of business leaders and management teams realizing that constantly doing and communicating isn't very effective without occasionally thinking and feeling," Tobak writes.
Leaders should feel free to show emotion to their staff, but they have to learn to modulate just how much, Steve Tobak writes. "So remember, you want to inspire and motivate folks, not freak or creep them out," Tobak writes.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a plan to complete the Fulton Street Transit Center in New York City by 2014. The transit center, which received $424 million in stimulus funds this year, was originally scheduled for completion in 2007. The city proposed the transit center in 2001 after the World Trade Center terrorist attack to serve as a central terminal for Lower Manhattan.
New Mexico will receive $27.5 million in stimulus funds for water projects, but only 80% of the funds have been committed so far. Eight New Mexico communities will upgrade their drinking water infrastructure and water quality, while another 11 towns and two counties will begin wastewater infrastructure and sewage treatment plant improvements. The funds are being released through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has yet to award the remaining 20% in funding earmarked for green projects.