Telling our story

  I have heard the complaint that we “brag” too much, it makes our competing neighbors feel uncomfortable. So we have tempered the way we tell the story, but we still enjoy getting feedback all the same. We take both the positive and negative feedback very seriously and, after a recent city council goals and [...]

Executive Presence

Executive Presence Read an article that quoted a study by David Morrison, who has worked with professional local government managers for more than 40 years. He was intrigued by executive presence and its impact on successful outcomes in the public sector. It used a broad-brush question for senior executives in the public and private sectors [...]

Midnight Lunch

Just reading a bit on the book by Sarah Miller Caldicott about Edison’s Menlo Park crew. I have just the highlights here but I like how she put her four essential, yet intertwined elements of his (and might I say ours) successfully built team. Capacity, amalgam of people from different disciplines that allows collaboration to flourish. [...]

Stop. Think.

Today I attempted to go into debt, but could not because of the Memorial Day Holiday. Really. I attempted to pay for my daughter’s braces during lunch, but the orthodontist office was unexpectedly closed. I called the number and the recording said due to the holiday weekend they were closed today. Okay, I get that [...]

Management Philosophy

I have been asked by many, “What is your management philosophy?” In a nut shell, put people in places where they can succeed and get them the tools they need to thrive. Of course, there are probably about five different areas that play into the larger picture. First would be the famous Bo Schembechler, quote [...]

When Opportunity Knocks

Here is a different event you don’t see every day. Operation Success (a little military jargon for you). This is an event produced by the Oakland County Women’s Advisory Board after focus groups identified that female veterans were an unserved group in our county. You would think we had the collective resources to help, well [...]

Never too early to plan

    Now is the time, if you are sticking around on Memorial Day, to plan for the Memorial Day Parade organized by our local American Legion Post 143. So pencil on your calendar Monday, May 26th and be downtown prior to 11:00 AM Parade kick off. Afterwards the Legion is hosting a family fun [...]


You may have read here, or on one of our other blogs, about how we attempt to infect all of our team with the addictive practice of “Radical Hospitality”. Well, how do we know when it’s working? Like everything else, by observing it and hearing about what our team does on a daily basis through [...]


While ironing this weekend I watched the movie Gladiator. Forgot what a good movie this was, how many story lines there were running through this tale of time.  The thing that hit me this time while watching was the lesson of leadership versus power. In case you forgot or had not seen the movie it [...]

Start Your Engines

No, not race time. Sometimes people have to react, use their instinct, fall back on training and just go. This could be a description of City Management. You never have all the information, but you take the best information you have available at the time and make a decision. You know that kind of reminds [...]

  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.