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 [...]

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 [...]


People ask me how you learn about leadership. That is a good question. Some people believe leadership is a trait, you have it or you don’t. Other believe you can learn to be a leader. Could it be both? Maybe there are some traits that you are born with that allow you to exercise leadership [...]

Employees and First Responders Recognized For Life Saving Actions

On March 27, 2014, the Oakland County Medical Control Authority recognized the Life Saving actions of employees from Recaro North America, Auburn Hills Police and Fire Departments, and Star EMS.  They were honored at a ceremony this morning for saving the life of a 53 year old employee of Recaro North America who suffered a [...]

It’s a bugs life

 By Karrie Marsh, Executive Assistant and Guest Blogger Wanted: Spring Bug Hunters! You just know it is the first day of spring when you are asked to help hunt for bugs. Friends of the Rouge need volunteers to help look for insects such as mayflies and stoneflies on April 12th. The number and type of [...]

Up in the sky…

  It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Mayor McDaniel… Okay, now for the rest of the story. The Mayor sent me a quick note about an incident that he not only witnessed but partook in. I wanted to send you a quick note regarding the Rosetta structure fire from last night.  If you [...]

Words mean something

If words didn’t mean something, then you might get credit for saying a lot of words, but not mean anything. You may go back to Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1602 in his poem Lord Polonius and the famous line of “…since brevity is the soul of wit” to harness one of my philosophies of keep it [...]

Funny what sticks

By Karrie Marsh, Executive Assistant and Guest Blogger We had a wonderful start to the day at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The annual State of the Community breakfast and Community Expo was held there and sponsored by the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce. New Mayor Kevin McDaniel highlighted items such as fiscal responsibility and [...]

Why Recreation and Parks?

I had the pleasure to attend the Michigan Recreation and Parks Annual Conference last week for a day. Why did I do that? Well, I was asked. I was actually asked to present at three sessions and was very impressed with the MRPA (Michigan Recreation and Parks Association). This seems like a first class organization. [...]

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014. My hat is off to Spartan Nation in their Rose Bowl victory over a very good Stanford Cardinal football team. Some may say “Pete” (because that’s what most people call me) “you like Michigan Football.” And they would be right, but I’m also a football fan. Not only did MSU represent the [...]

  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

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