Want to Become a Better City Leader? Give City Speak Podcast a Listen

September 15, 2023

Transitioning into a new job is never seamless — especially when your role requires leading others to success. No matter your work experience or the size of your network, challenges and mishaps are sure to arise at some point in your journey as a new leader. The good news: you’re not alone.

Every Minnesota city leader was new in their role at some point, and for City Speak Podcast’s fifth season, some of our state’s most promising elected officials and city staff are sharing their experiences and lessons learned while transitioning into a new leadership role. Plus, they’ll be hosted by a guy who knows a thing or two about taking on a new supervisory role, League of Minnesota Cities Executive Director Luke Fischer.

City Speak logo is shown with League of Minnesota Cities Executive Director Luke Fischer's headshot and job title shown above.


Noah Schuchman made his debut on the podcast for Episode One, in which he shared how it was vital to ask for guidance from his network of city leaders when he began his role as Duluth’s chief administrative officer in 2018. In Episode Two, Fischer was joined by Shoreview City Manager Brad Martens who stressed the importance of building trust and respect across all city departments. Fischer’s brief yet insightful conversations with city leaders will motivate you to end your work week on a strong note as you drive into work on Friday, or will serve as a reminder of why you do what you do as you begin a weekend road trip.


A camera is shown filming Luke Fischer and Brad Martens discussing Martens' transition to his leadership role as Shoreview's city administrator for Episode 2 of City Speak podcast's fifth season.


Eight more episodes will air through the fall and early winter, and listeners can check out archived episodes while waiting for new episodes to be released bi-weekly. Like, subscribe, and learn how to become a better city leader no matter your level of experience!