Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel Leaves MnDOT

It was not a happy moment for me and many MnDOT employees when we received the surprising email on Thursday morning from Commissioner Tom Sorel that he would be leaving MnDOT at the end of the month to become the President and CEO of AAA Minneapolis. I knew the day would come, but it came unexpectedly.  I hoped he would stay for…
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Be A Leader Who Inspires And Transforms

[Final presentation at Emerging Leaders Institute on 3/23/2012, Part.1] “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  This is a quote by John Quincy Adams, the 6th US President. I like it as a definition for leader. I started working at MnDOT in 2000…
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First Day Back To Work At MnDOT

After 20 days of the Minnesota government shutdown, I was contacted by my supervisor yesterday afternoon (July 20) to go back to work today. The shutdown was over. The waiting was over. The anxiety was over. So was my homecation. I was happy to go back to work today. I got up early and left…
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A True Leader Shines In Times Of Crisis

One fortunate result of the very tragic event of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 was the leadership change at MnDOT. Tom Sorel became the new MnDOT Commissioner in April 2008, replacing Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau who was removed from her position as Transportation Commissioner by the State Senate in February 2008. A…
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MnDOT Commissioner’s Reading Corner

My article about MnDOT Commissioner’s Reading Corner (CRC) was published in the Spring 2011 issue of the Special Libraries Association/Minnesota Chapter’s newsletter and posted online. This article provides some background info about the CRC. Most of my CRC book interview articles have been posted on this blog. I have been working on this project since 2009. Doing book interviews has become the most…
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