Mayor Sly James leads the city of Kansas City, Missouri's largest city and the 36th largest city in the nation. A lawyer, Mayor James was re-elected in 2015 with 87% of the vote with a campaign strategy marked by a commitment by both candidates to not go negative in any way. Mayor James discusses his practice of working collaboratively to achieve "more results and better" and team approach in running his administration.
In the Overland Profiles in Collaboration Interview series, we share first-hand accounts from union leaders, management executives and organizational change experts who have led, and lived, conflict-to-collaboration transformations.
When we can work together... we wind up with my fingerprints and your fingerprints on the final product. We're much more likely to embrace it-- to operate with it-- because we helped design it. That's collaboration," said Randy Babbitt, Southwest Airlines senior vice president of labor relations, retired FAA Administrator, and former president of the Airline Pilots Association
These leaders have disproved the myth that labor and management have to be adversaries by the very nature of their roles; that confrontation is what they do; that disagreeable is just how they are. Their stories are inspiring; their results impressive, their resolve unshakeable.