In addition to writing a regular blog, Dr. Paine is the author of two books:
More Than Self: A Decade of Reflection on Public Service (Available on Amazon)
Florida League of Cities, Inc. – 2017
Thousands of citizens dedicate themselves to public service at the most intimate and democratic level: the municipality. Serving residents, business and property owners, and visitors, these men and women experience both the joy of serving others and, at times, the pain of being attacked by those who fail to understand what cities and public servants can and cannot do. Whether appreciated or attacked, municipal public servants still do their job, providing the services that keep people safe, afford them access to transportation and recreation, and preserve public well-being.
Excerpt: Movies and comic books to the contrary notwithstanding, heroes usually don’t wear leotards, masks or capes. Heroes are ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances who muster the wherewithal to be extraordinary in their moment. And, nearly always, these extraordinary acts come at a personal price. Speaking words of compassion and healing with a steady and strong voice costs a grieving heart more than can be measured. Speaking blunt words to demand action when ordinary folks are suffering may cost a public servant a promotion or a reputation. But it is precisely this willingness to bear the cost for the sake of something greater that is the mark of a hero in the making. Heroes always are, and always must be, about much more than self. And I believe that, when ordinary people strive to climb those Olympian heights of service to others, there always is something more than themselves that takes them to the top.
Dr. Scott Paine has been sharing his insights into municipal public service with readers of his magazine columns and blogs, as well as attendees at conferences and workshops across the country, for more than a dozen years. In this collection of many of his articles from Quality Cities Magazine, Scott draws upon his years in municipal service, conversations with hundreds of other public servants, his studies of government and communication, and everyday life experiences. His thought-provoking and inspiring reflections will help readers discover, or rediscover, the nature and importance of public service.
Rethinking Public Leadership for the 21st Century
Florida League of Cities, Inc. – 2009
“. . . the political world has been transformed, and we probably haven’t noticed. Having understood and accepted the call to reform, we didn’t pay much attention to what else might be ‘re-formed’ along the way. Having been enticed into the opportunities of increased communication and access, we have entered into the virtual world without paying attention to how very different that world is from the one we are used to living in. The changes have been dramatic, yet many have occurred without our noticing.” In Rethinking Public Leadership, Dr. Paine shows, again and again, how the unintended consequences of change are often at least as important as those that were intended. And he goes beyond describing changes to offer concrete recommendations for local leaders who must confront the realities of this new political landscape.
Dr. Paine also writes a regular column for Quality Cities magazine. Here are a few samples of his work. Check out his latest column online.
Dealing with Disasters. Leadership Lessons from Survivors. (January 2017)
Advancing Racial Equity One Community at a Time. (November 2016)
Scott is also a regular presenter at conferences, both in Florida and across the nation. Learn more.