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Emily is the Director of Kennewick Parks & Rec Department. A fun fact about her is she won the homecoming burping contest! Emily felt as she was summoned to her current position. She had the great opportunity to work for the Economic Development Department for the city, and while she was in that position, she was asked to take on the director role. During those years with the city, she showed them that she could work with people and build relationships. The department had been floundering for a couple years and they believed that she could help them move forward. As an agile leader, when she is looking for team members, she is looking for a can-do attitude, a problem solver who will work just as hard as she is. She has high expectations and she finds that when her team members also have high expectations of themselves and the projects they are working on, they can accomplish hard things. When everyone is working equally hard, then they can move faster and more effectively. She also looks for those who can juggle their jobs and unforeseen obstacles at the same time. Our teams deserve to work in a healthy, positive environment. As leaders, it our responsibility to create that environment, even when it is uncomfortable. Emily affirms and praises her team by picking up the phone or meeting with them to have a real-time conversation. She believes it is an immediate affirmation of their success and behavior. She also believes in affirming her team publicly. She maintains weekly meetings even if there isn’t a heavy agenda so that she can recognize her teams’ efforts in front of one another. Often, they do an icebreaker where they learn something more personal about their teammates. She takes time to think, dream and plan between the Christmas holiday and the New Year. She takes this time to reflect, goal-set, evaluate what worked, where she can eliminate static, and what the game plan is. She does that for both personal and business. She schedules a mid-year check up to see if she is staying on track. She typically does that in the summer--poolside. She plans her day around what is urgent, the big rocks. She writes them down and places them by her keyboard and crosses them off as she completes them. Procrastination rarely leads to anything awesome. Emily energizes herself by listening to Craig Groeschel leadership podcasts, and she has a couple songs on her playlist that pump her up on her way to work or when she is exercising. One of her leadership secret weapons is lifelong learning so she can bring new methods to her team. Her biggest challenge in leadership is confrontation and criticism. Operating from a place of integrity and for the right reasons help to recover from those tough talks. Her greatest reward is seeing her team accomplish their goals and successes. Bite off what you can chew and then share it with those around you. The best way to connect with Emily is on Linkedin or in the City of Kennewick directory.

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