A Lesson in Leadership… Can We Go Back To The Future?

Welcome back to Season 2!
In Season 1, I asked you to borrow my binoculars and have a look at this city of Jacksonville- our strengths and opportunities.

As we stand poised on the precipice of a new mayor, I wanted to gain perspective from what many call the BEST in the business here. 

I want to know- does authenticity, transparency and empathy have to exist in order to cultivate a climate of trust and build consensus?
Can leadership be learned or does it have to be innate?
And that is what we are going to tackle today…

This episode’s guest, John Delaney, is the Flagler College President, the President Emeritus of the University of North Florida, and the former Mayor of Jacksonville, the largest city in land area in the continental U.S. 

His tenure is marked by the Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.5 billion capital improvement plan, and the Preservation Project, creating a 100-square-mile park system, the largest of its kind for a city in the country. He served two terms and was elected without opposition for his second term, all of which he talks about in this episode. 

Visit : https://www.flagler.edu to see how John is leading the #2 best regional college in the South, according to US News and World report.

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Suzie Becker

Hi, I’m Suze. Here with your weekly dose of culture, values and identity- and where we tackle those topics others may consider off-limits. A little about me, I’m a busy Gen X mom who, quite frankly, wanted to grow up like the Brady Bunch… but ended up being raised in the shadow of Schindler’s List. So this means I’ve spent a lifetime navigating these mixed messages we get hit with daily. You know those conversations- where we wonder if it’s safe to speak our minds? Can we share our experiences? Voice our fears and concerns, or should we just keep our mouths shut? Well, too bad. I need to know! But I’m no expert. So, I’m going to schmooze the experts and get their thoughts. Why? So, when we engage with our kids, colleagues, or the countless committees we interact with, we can do it with competence, kindness, confidence, and maybe a bit of humor. If this sounds like your cup of coffee- welcome to Schmooze with Suze.

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