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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 50 – Leadership Lessons from a New England Town Meeting


Peter shares his recent experiences at a New England Town Meeting and his thoughts on leadership plus Leadership in the News, Pam’s Research Report of the Week, the Social Media Minute and more great podsafe music.

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Leadership in the News

Website of the Week/Social Media Minute

  • Radiolab podcast WNYC/NPR
    • Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.

Pam’s Research Report of the Week

Weekly Leader

  • New England Town Meeting
    • Wikipedia – A town meeting is a form of democratic rule, used primarily in portions of the United States since the 1600s, in which most or all the members of a community comes together to legislate policy and budgets for local government.
    • fascinating laboratory to examine leadership and group dynamics.
      • exercising leadership
        • running for office
        • attending meetings
        • putting forward a petitioin
        • contributing to the discussion
        • voting
      • leadership is not exercised
        • citizens who petition on self interest or personal biases are exposed quickly.
        • government officials use (abuse) the system which breeds mistrust.
        • government officials don’t support citizen petitioners on procedural grounds.
    • Harvard Kennedy School’s The Art and Practice of Leadership Development.

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About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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