Two quotes from a nice and effective public servant

The Charlotte Observer reported today that Boyd Cauble, a long time aide to many mayors of both parties passed away. Three things stand out about Cauble – he did not bring attention to himself, he was very effective working with officials in Raleigh and DC, and was a genuinely nice guy.

More than several of Charlotte’s major accomplishments can be traced to Cauble’s tireless advocacy. Rather than list such milestones, let me focus on two bookend quotes from Cauble from the article penned by Jim Morrill.

Morrill writes “Boyd Cauble lived by a simple credo: ‘Just be nice to people – you’ll be amazed what will happen.'”

When Cauble retired from the City, in an Observer article called “The City’s most influential guy you have never heard of,” he said at the time:

“‘I am a firm believer that if you don’t care who gets credit, you’ll gey a whole lot of things accomplished.'”

I encourage you to read these two quotes and contrast them to today’s partisan win/ lose debates that are a poor substitute for governance. All politicians (and business people or any team) from top to bottom could learn from these words.

Mayors from both parties lauded Cauble’s efforts. Vi Lyles, Charlotte’s current mayor and long time City leader, said “He helped bulld Charlotte.'”

29 thoughts on “Two quotes from a nice and effective public servant

  1. Words of wisdom, indeed! Yes, the contrast between that, and the dog-eat-dog world of national politics today in this country is 180ยฐ. Thanks for sharing this, Keith!

    • Brendan, so true. A leadership consultant I worked with said a true leader deflects credit to others, while assuming the blame even when it is not warranted.Think of that sentence when you measure various people in leadership positions in DC, London, state capitols, etc. Keith

    • Hugh, we need more like him. The article said he was the one who sought and got funding for various initiatives from the state and federal budgets. Apparently, he was very good at it. Keith

  2. What a wise man. These quotes hold so much truth. Do what you do because you want to do it. It has pure and powerful energy and that will be returned. Simply treat others the way you would like to be treated. Thank you for letting me know about the post, Keith ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. I just started reading David Brook’s “The Road to Character.” Sounds like Cauble exemplified the moral qualities of Adam II. I suspect you’ve read this book, so I don’t need to explain further.

    • Linda, I have read that one. Brooks is a terrific author and thoughtful pundit, even if I do not agree with a point. Cauble would be right out of that book. Keith

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