Hogan to Provide Funding for College Program in Honor of Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.
Senate President Mike Miller, Courtesy of Maryland General Assembly
Hogan to Provide Funding for College Program in Honor of Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.

Governor Larry Hogan announced that he will be providing $1 million to Washington College in his forthcoming Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal to fund a new directorship within the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience to honor the historic legacy of longtime Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., who passed away in January of this year. The Miller Director of Civic Engagement will oversee programs that utilize history to address contemporary challenges…

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NACo Now Accepting Applicants for Policy Steering Committee Membership

Want to be a part of advocacy efforts on the national level? Apply today to be considered for an appointment on a steering committee for the 2021–2022 presidential year. The nomination process for membership on the National Association of Counties (NACo) policy steering committees is underway! Access a seat at the table and add your voice and expertise on the most important issues counties face. These committees help drive NACo’s federal policy advocacy. Their recommendations…

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Leadership Spotlight: Wearing a Uniform Doesn’t Make a Team

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Who’s the best team? Not your favorite team but rather the best team. Maybe you’re thinking of a sports team, a team of astronauts or a medical team operating in an emergency room. Maybe it’s a political team, a military unit, your favorite nightly…

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Leadership Spotlight: Work with People from Where They Are

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Do you remember the relationship between Mr. Miyagi and Daniel in the movie “The Karate Kid?” Daniel is being bullied and needs to face his rival, Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai Dojo, in a local karate tournament. He looks to Mr. Miyagi, the…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Let Yesterday’s Frustrations Hijack Today’s Successes

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Along any journey, we’ll make mistakes. We’ll make improper decisions and have illogical actions. It’s been said that these missteps in our past — our past actions — cannot be erased. That’s true and simply means that the consequences of your actions never leave…

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Leadership Spotlight: Measure What Matters – Only What Matters

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Metrics are part of the performance management system and if not used properly, they can do as much harm as good. Join the thousands of county officials and staff nationwide who have participated in the High Performance Leadership Academy! April Cohort Starting Soon If…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Let Actions Get Ahead of Culture

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Aristotle said, “Change in all things is sweet.” From some perspectives, that may be true, but if you’ve ever experienced periods of big transformation or massive and disruptive change, you may very well take issue with Aristotle’s fervor in explaining it with such palatability.…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Confuse Effort with Progress or Output with Outcomes

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. How often do you greet people throughout the day and ask, “How’s it going?” or “What are you working on?” Probably a lot. How often do you get an immediate response such as, “Wow, there’s a lot going on,” or “We’re really busy working…

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Leadership Spotlight: Excellence Is Not an Exception

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. As you go about preparing to realize your vision, it’s important to plan for excellence. Often — too often, actually — planning efforts are focused on “what” and not “how.” Certainly, knowing what to do is vitally important if you have any chance of…

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Leadership Spotlight: Small Details…Never Are

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. You may be familiar with, or at least have heard of, the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. Carlson further explains in the book’s subtitle that it’s all small stuff. Therein lies the challenge. It’s all small stuff, and small details never are…

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