July 30, 2015

Central Office

Kansas City
St. Louis

Print Page
Print Entire Edition
Central District

District Employees Sharpen Leadership Skills

Hager 21 Laws Central District employees have been honing their leadership skills thanks in part to a seminar called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

The two-day course, led by District Maintenance Superintendents Jim Hager (pictured right in red) and Mark Buscher, is based on a leadership book written by John C. Maxwell. Maxwell, a New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert, wrote the book and designed the course to help people learn how to be better leaders by addressing often overlooked qualities of leadership.

"The class is designed to show our employees how leaders should present themselves every day," said Hager. "It also helps us to see the bigger picture of what types of qualities a leader should possess and how a leader can adapt to and change the tone of everyday situations at home and in the workplace to create a more positive environment where things get accomplished."

The class began as a seminar for maintenance employees in the Maintenance Leadership Academy, but the class was so effective it has been expanded to include all district employees who have an interest in taking leadership roles.

"This class is great for anyone wanting to become a better leader," said district human resources manager Kim Hickey. "The class explains in detail the types of subjects that tend to get overlooked in leadership education - the importance of the people they surround themselves with, the necessity of trust, the element of respect, as well as several other quality lessons on life and leadership."

If you would like to find out more about Maxwell and his host of leadership books, blogs and seminars, please visit:

To find out more about the district leadership course, please contact Kim Hickey at

21 Laws Group

Recent graduates of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership class

and instructor Jim Hager

Around the District

Here's a Look at a Couple of New Pieces of Equipment:


This boom mower is a new edition in the southern part of our district! By adding this tool to our motorgraders we hope to increase our effectiveness year around. The boom mower creates added reach and improved visibility over other models that mount to our tractors. A big thanks goes to Randy Colbert and crew for getting this piece of equipment operational. This should help us keep our roadsides in great condition!




This self-propelled paver is used for laying hot mix or cold mix on the roadway. Because it is self-propelled, it will be helpful in tight and high-traffic areas such as intersections because the machine does not have to be hooked up to a truck. This machine should eliminate or decrease the number of times an employee has to be between the truck and the machine to shovel material, which also increases safety. The paver also helps with production quality.

PAVER 2015

We're keeping the Wankums in Our Thoughts!

Allen Wankum, our senior facilities operation specialist, and his family recently received some very good news. Allen’s
wife, Lois, received a kidney and a pancreas as a result of an organ donor. Lois is doing well and is home from the hospital. Congratulations and best wishes to the Wankums. Our thoughts are with you! Interested in learning more about organ donations? Visit:



For more info

Sally Oxenhandler
Communications Manager
Central District

To view or print other pages, click on the links below:
Home Central Office Northwest District Northeast District
Kansas City District Central District St. Louis District Southwest District Southeast District

Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr