Mayor TenHaken planning a big party for city employees?

Well, not really a party, but a discussion? I guess he has invited city employees to one of two meetings to have a ‘Rah Rah’ session with them. Not only has he asked city employees to attend, he has promised a ‘gift’ for attendance and has asked city councilors to NOT attend.

I am still waiting for more details, but I find it troubling that the public (at this point) is not asked to attend.

If the mayor has a citywide directive, he can easily put that forward in a employee citywide memo. He can even go a step further and actually take a week to visit each department and shake hands and personally ask city employees their opinions about city business.

Please Paul, tell me it isn’t true.


#1 JKC on 09.04.18 at 11:17 pm

He should go camping with them and his family, too. It could be kind of like a corporate retreat…. (“Oh gee, I am sorry, but I can’t attend your festival, because I’ll be camping with my family and fellow employees that weekend.”)

Maybe the “gift” is a left over “Mayor’s Picnic” t-shirt, too, from July 4ths past…. (“I’ll trade you the 2014 one for a 2015 one…. Because 2014 is the only year I don’t have for my collection….”)

#2 D@ily Spin on 09.05.18 at 9:59 am

A secret meeting conceals public disclosure, poses collusion, and (likely) illegal. Government must be open. Private meetings is sneaking around in a mafia commission manner. There’s a new 4 story building (we were denied voting for) where there’s room for employees, the public, and the media. It’s no longer necessary to (teamster-like) circle the limos in a remote cornfield.

#3 anominous on 09.05.18 at 2:41 pm

The “gift” is a selfie with the mayor.

#4 l3wis on 09.05.18 at 3:39 pm

I was hoping he was going to order ‘I survived Huether’ T-Shirts.

#5 The Guy from Guernsey on 09.05.18 at 4:52 pm

On the surface, I am not opposed to this meeting.
Sounds like a leader might be attempting to positively impact work culture in the organization which he is leading.
I shouldn’t need to work too hard to convince you that the morale and culture in City Hall, as well as among the ranks of municipal employees might need a reset following the Huether administration.

#6 The Guy from Guernsey on 09.05.18 at 4:58 pm

I have the vision of PTH being a little bit like Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in the Wizard of Oz, coaxing the Sioux Falls Municipal Munchkins to emerge from their hiding places after a house has fallen on the Wicked Witch of the East. They’re gonna’ need some encouragement!

#7 USD on 09.05.18 at 5:25 pm

I mean the SFSD has a district-wide meeting every year. This year it was held at the Pentagon.

#8 JKC on 09.05.18 at 8:49 pm

“Operation ‘Leadership Teams'”

#9 D@ily Spin on 09.05.18 at 9:56 pm

TenHaken’s pep rally works for a medium sized business. Perhaps he’s still learning municipal invigoration. He’ll figure this out. I am an outsider and feel there could be cuts in city employment. There’s to many people with sophistivated titles that mean nothing. To their credit, they manage to look like they’re doing something relevant and constructive.

#10 Matthew Paulson on 09.05.18 at 11:19 pm

Seems reasonable. Many companies, non-profits and other organizations have all hands meetings and company side events.

#11 JKC on 09.06.18 at 11:39 am

Matt, your right, it’s very corporate.

#12 MK on 09.06.18 at 12:59 pm

D@ily Spin is right. The Mayor should bring people in unannounced to shadow people over various times.

He’d find there is a need to cut people at the management level.

#13 Lemming on 09.07.18 at 10:32 pm

The Mayor wanting to talk with city employees without the “Leaker” in the audience? The outrage?! She was right to bring this to your attention Detroit! Must be another conspiracy afoot!