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The Passover Meal (Pesach)

This week, the posts have been exploring metaphor and allegory for deeper understanding, the necessity to hold one’s personal integrity when coming of age, what it means to take up one’s cross, and the god-name in the book of Genesis. Now to Exodus 3: 1-12 to introduce the Passover story: When Moses stopped and turned […]

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Perception Filters

Our learning about each other draws on our experiences, our stories, our mythology with metaphor and allegory to convey meaning. A beautiful example of metaphorical communication was when Captain Jean Luc Picard in the Star Trek: Next Generation television series met a Tamarian captain named Dathon, who spoke in metaphorical language. Dathon’s metaphors were grounded […]

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Fear Versus Integrity

Even though Jesus the Anointed said, “Let the little children approach me, for of such is the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:14), it does not mean he suffers fools lightly. He tells his followers not to fear for their lives because the quality of the teachings cannot be killed. The teachings of Jesus is the […]

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Walk the Talk

On the Easter Trail Rabbi Jacob Neusner has observed that “‘Take up your cross and follow me’ is not the same thing as ‘study the Torah that I teach, which I have studied from my master before me.’” The situation is at once simpler than that, whilst being more complicated. Yet, the Rabbi was succinct: […]

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Unofficial Flows of Communication

Is Everyone Up to Speed? Unofficial flows of communication within bureaucracy are, well, unofficial. As such, they are difficult if not impossible to pin down in any systemic way. Best guess is that unofficial channels of information do several things: they are convenient, likely interactive with feedback, have the danger of missing out on letting […]

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Max Weber

How Does Weber’s Bureaucratic Traits Track in your Municipal Government? Weber’s Bureaucracy1 1.Weber’s description of a bureaucracy presents itself as a hierarchical structure, a unity of command. This indicates that there is no conflict in the flow of authority and consequently with the lack of conflict, there is unity. For each position in the hierarchy […]

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Local Admin IV – full-time employment

  Full-time Employment Full-time employment, according to Weber, is used as a dependency on income mechanism to exert greater control over the worker.1 Full time workers prevail, functioning well for continuity of communication within departments and outside departments. In terms of Weber’s contention that employees are more agreeable to direction and control when full-time, I […]

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Daily Grind of Local Administration, III

Diversification on the municipal clerical job include health and safety requirements for workers at computer terminals to have ten minute breaks every hour from the terminals. Other methods of diversion are to simply do a different thing within the framework of the job to get away from the tedium of a specific task. Office work […]

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CN Municipal Government II -councillors vs staff

  Differences Between Councillors and Staff Councillors Staff Bring energy to the system. Many radical, new ideas, but frequently not very well thought through. Concerned with stability. Able to discern the difficulties to be encountered in making major changes. Highly competative. Important to be seen to win around the council table. Cooperation more important than competition. […]