Stockton’s Next Chapter

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs on shaking up the status quo

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has become one of the most scrutinized public officials in the U.S., in part because at 28 years old he is one of the youngest mayors of a large city in the country. He also has far-reaching ideas that have some folks cheering and others jeering. Comstock’s sat down with Tubbs to talk about his efforts to transform his hometown.

Nov 5, 2018 Rich Ehisen

Dilemma of The Month: When HR And Department Heads Clash

I’m the HR manager for my company, and a director wanted to write up an employee for posting an article titled “Employees Don’t Leave Jobs, They Leave Managers” on her personal LinkedIn account. The director had already spoken with the employee and asked her to remove the article from LinkedIn, which she did. However, this doesn’t appear to be a violation of our organization’s social media policy. What should I do?

Nov 1, 2018 Suzanne Lucas

Buzzwords: Paradigm Shift

When the usual model of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different model.

Oct 18, 2018 Eva Roethler

Close to Home

League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman on pensions, affordable housing and the value of local control

While most people get caught up in the high-profile workings of Sacramento or Washington D.C., the issues that impact their daily lives are actually hashed out most often at the local level. Comstock’s sat down with League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman, one of the state’s fiercest advocates for the power of local control.

Oct 15, 2018 Rich Ehisen

How to Have Hard Conversations in Family Business

Here are six tips to help family businesses have hard conversations in the workplace without taking things personally (although they can be applied to all types of businesses).

Oct 12, 2018 Kevin McCarthy

Leadership Gene

It’s not just budding entrepreneurs benefitting from early exposure to the world of business.

Oct 9, 2018 Torey Van Oot

Dilemma of the Month: Negative Feedback From Direct Reports

Recently, my boss held a meeting with my direct reports where they filled out a survey about my performance as their manager. When my boss shared the results with me, he disclosed that “someone” mentioned I wasn’t allowing my team to learn, but rather I was micromanaging them. In discussing my frustration with a peer, she expressed that he is not allowed to do this. Can you shed some light?

Oct 4, 2018 Suzanne Lucas

Why We Need to Build the Epic Trail

Young or old, rich or poor, city-dweller or rural resident — the response was the same: Civic amenities are vital to a good life.

Sep 27, 2018 Bill Mueller

Natural Connection

Lisa Taira at Kiyo’s Floral Design has practiced ikebana — traditional Japanese flower arrangement — for nearly 50 years. 

Sep 21, 2018 Eva Roethler

Let’s Get Moving!

Growing up, we take our bodies for granted. Many of us expect that we’ll always be able to move with ease, or challenge our bodies with minimal punishment. But as age sets in or circumstances change, our bodies are quick to remind us — things won’t always work like they used to.

Sep 20, 2018 Winnie Comstock-Carlson