Other Informational and Professional Development Sessions

In addition to ICMA University workshops and mini-workshops, ICMA also offers other informational or professional development sessions that you can bring to your local government, affiliate association meeting, or other setting:

From the ICMA Ethics Team

For information about local government ethics workshops and technical assistance services, contact the ICMA Ethics Director, Martha Perego, at (202) 962-3668 or mperego@icma.org. Workshops on such topics as "Ethics at Work!" “Promoting an Ethical Culture,” “The Leader's Role in Building an Ethical Culture," and "Elected Officials and the Public Trust" are available for staff, leadership, elected officials, boards, and commissions. 

 

From the ICMA Midwest Regional Director, David Limardi

Contact: dlimardi@icma.org

Leadership in Interesting Times
Local government management professionals are constantly placed in difficult, awkward, and conflict-laden situations. What are the interpersonal leadership fundamentals that are necessary to thrive and survive on the road that lies ahead? It is important to understand the different dimensions of leadership, how to recognize and address different leadership situations, and the importance of judgment in resolving conflict. There is an inherent tension between an effective and efficient organization and the realities of politics. The leaders that drive successful outcomes will be capable of leading people and managing work through the inherent tension and ongoing ambiguity.

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes (discussion concerning adapting this presentation to 2.5–3 hours is possible)
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 6) Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation, 14) Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication, 18) Personal Development

Tools for the Balancing Act – Exploring Local Government Success Criteria and Understanding the Critical Psychological Strengths that Define Leaders

The presentation will focus on the results of an ongoing research project that explores professional local government management success criteria and explores critical strengths of public and private sector leaders who are responsible for delivering successful outcomes for the organizations they lead. Presentation topics will include an in-depth review of the survey results from elected and appointed officials concerning local government success criteria, the importance of judgment in defining effective leaders, and a fascinating look at the psychological characteristics of leaders and their ability to perceive, think, control their emotions, and act, with a unique comparison of professional local government managers and private sector CEOs and c-suite executives.

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes (discussion concerning adapting this presentation to 2.5–3 hours is possible)
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 6) Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation, 14) Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication, 18) Personal Development

The Relentless Pursuit of an Ethical Organizational Culture
Trust facilitates the democratic process. Building an ethical organizational culture requires an understanding of the importance of building trust relationships. It is important for leaders to understand the basics of trust, how groups and teams build trust, and how to develop a personal and organizational platform for building trust through ethical behavior and leadership with character. This presentation will explore these concepts in detail. As Mark Twain said, “Always do right, this will gratify some and astonish the rest."

  • Duration: 60-120 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 14) Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication, 17) Integrity, 18) Personal Development 

Executive Presence - The Leadership "Wow" Factor

How leaders are perceived impacts their ability to drive successful outcomes. The presentation will include a discussion of the core characteristics of “Executive Presence”, the leadership “wow” factor, and the importance of how leaders are perceived. Executive Presence requires a deeper understanding of the importance of the concepts of vision and structure, emotions, applying power, and trust. The concepts are based upon an article co-authored by Mr. Limardi that appeared in the June 2014 issue of Public Management Magazine.

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 6) Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation, 14) Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication, 18) Personal Development

The Power of Personal Analytics
Former CEO of Baxter International Inc. and current professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has said, “If you don’t know yourself, you cannot lead yourself. If you cannot lead yourself, you cannot lead others." In order to know yourself, it is necessary to engage in personal analytics, learning what your critical strengths are and how they can be used to lead others and manage complex and challenging work. Explore the results of critical strengths assessments of both public and private sector executives and how personal analytics can be critical to future success.

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Area: 18) Personal Development

Judgment - The Foundation of Successful Leadership
The means are as important as the ends. The process necessary for sound judgment often runs counter to today’s desire for instant gratification and action based upon “ready, act, justify” vs. “ready, aim, act”. What concepts promote sound judgment and how do we build the discipline required to make the means matter as much as the ends.

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Area: 18) Personal Development

Execution - How to Get Things Done

What are the keys to maximizing effectiveness and executing strategy? How do you develop a strategic structure that leads to sustained success? The five important steps for driving execution and achieving successful outcomes using a real-world example are discussed in detail.

  • Duration: 45-75 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 6) Initiative, Risk Taking, Vision, Creativity, and Innovation, 14) Advocacy and Interpersonal Communication, 18) Personal Development

 

From the ICMA Southeast Regional Director and Director of Performance Initiatives, Randall Reid

Contact: rreid@icma.org

Performance Management in the Era of Analytics

Today’s local governments generate huge quantities of data but seldom effectively use this resource wisely to make more informed decisions. Big data, cloud based analytic solutions, and the widespread use of low cost computer technology are altering the ways communities implement performance management systems. This forward-thinking session shows how this evolution in technology is rapidly changing how organizations use performance management, altering our workplace cultures and enhancing our relationships with citizens. Explore the potential to use comparative data, technology, and analytics now available to your organization for enhanced decision-making and transparency.

  • Duration: 45-90 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 5) Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance, 7) Technology Literacy, 13) Strategic Planning

When the Moment Comes: How to Make Ethical Decisions and Develop Ethical Organizations

Most managers will be confronted with ethical issues during their careers and deal with ethical misconduct in their organizations. This session focuses on what ancient wisdom, modern academic research, and over 100 years of ethical leadership has taught us about ethics. Using the ICMA Code of Ethics, past ethics compliance issues, and lessons from firsthand experiences, this session will provide practical advice on how to recognize and avoid the ethical dilemmas around us, make more ethical personal decisions, create more ethical organizations, and deal with the ethical crises in your organization when they do come. When the moment comes for you or your organization, which it will, shouldn’t you be prepared?

  • Duration: 45-90 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 3) Functional and Operational Expertise and Planning, 17) Integrity, 18) Personal Development

Contemporary Issues in Executive Recruitment

Most managers seeking employment today are likely to encounter jurisdictions using executive recruiters to assist them in finding the best candidates. What skills and traits are contemporary councils and commissions looking for in today’s potential managers? In this session, you will hear from seasoned professional managers and recruiters about how executive recruitment works, the critical role and services recruiters provide their clients, and how managers can best use recruiters to navigate the local government job market. Speakers will discuss how trends such as demands for diversity, civic engagement, compensation, and social media are impacting search processes and will offer practical advice on the best practices for assuring successful interviews. See examples of the many ICMA resources available to assist you during the job search and initial months of a successful job transition to being a public-sector executive.

  • Duration: 45-90 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 12) Human Management Resources, (18) Personal Development

Fostering Citizenship, Community, and Democracy in Times of Civic Disruption

Today’s local governments are operating in a world of disruptive technologies, civic mistrust of government institutions, and elected officials promising to be disruptors of the “administrative state”. This environment creates fear and will persuade many cherished civic institutions in your community to reinvent their roles and service delivery. Can the community values and the ”habits of the hearts” of Alex de Tocqueville overcome the Orwellian specter of invasive and authoritarian technology many citizens fear? Participants at this interactive session will share how residents' engagement and civic education can be empowered and how old and valued ideas about democracy can be enhanced and embraced by adaptive civic programs with digital and analytical technologies that can serve democratic and civic renewal. This session will assist your organization in identifiying challenges, programs, and technologies to build stronger civic health and passion for our democratic institutions.

  • Duration: 45-90 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 2) Policy Facilitation, 4) Citizen Service, 7) Technology Literacy, 8) Democratic Advocacy and Public Engagement, 9) Inclusion, 17) Integrity

Smart Communities: Technology Serving Community

The future of our global communities is one where ideally technology will increasingly help governments solve problems, serve the needs of residents, and enhance their connectivity and engagement with their community institutions. Based upon ICMA’s newest eBook, “Smart Solutions: Technology Serving Communities”, this session uses case studies and will focus on the technology that can provide solutions to the problems confronting your community. This session will examine the technologies that are impacting the design, connectivity, and performance of local communities and the practice of local governmental management.

  • Duration: 45-90 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Areas: 1) Staff Effectiveness, 2) Policy Facilitation, 5) Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance, 7) Technology Literacy, 13) Strategic Planning

 

From the ICMA West Coast Regional Director, Kevin Duggan

Contact: kduggan@icma.org

Effectively Navigating Transitions

A discussion of the key personal, professional, and organizational transitions that we face and strategies on how to most successfully navigate these transitions.  

  • Duration: 60-75 minutes
  • ICMA Practice Area: 18) Personal Development

Establishing and Preserving an Effective City Manager/City Council Working Relationship

A review of the key ingredients for establishing and maintaining and effective working relationship with your elected officials.

  • Duration: 60-75 minutes (discussion concerning adapting this presentation to 2–3 hours is possible)
  • ICMA Practice Area: 2) Policy Facilitation

Ethics and Integrity: How to Maintain a High Standard of Personal and Organizational Ethics

A review of the primary causes for personal and organizational ethical lapses and the strategies that can help avoid these lapses.

  • Duration: 60-75 minutes (discussion concerning adapting this presentation to 2–3 hours is possible)
  • ICMA Practice Area: 17) Integrity

Lessons from Cal-ICMA’s Survival Skills Project

A summary of the recently completed project to assess the most significant challenges faced by city and county managers with recommendations on how to address these challenges.

  • Duration: 60-75 minutes 

 

From Other ICMA Staff Experts

ICMA staff experts can also present on the following topics to your local government or conference. Contact afox@icma.org for availability, pricing, and additional information:

  • Age-friendly communities
  • Customer service
  • Local food systems
  • Solar energy soft costs
  • Sustainability
  • 311/CRM
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