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Stay in YOUR Lane Workshop

Council Orientation for a Productive, Prosperous and Innovative Future – 12 Hours (1.5 Days)

Many elected officials are required to partake in an orientation session or education opportunities specifically related to municipal governance.

This workshop lays out the roles and responsibilities of council, the CAO, the administration, and the public. We study how each of the four groups interact with each other, when they should not interact with each other, and how those relationships should be managed, especially when they go wrong. Particular attention is paid to identifying symptoms of an unhealthy balance in each relationship, and how to correct it.

Elected terms are relatively short. This workshop will create clear guidelines on how to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
At the end of the workshop the attendees will be clear on:

  • Their role and responsibility in the municipal corporation and all the logistics associated
  • Strategic leadership and communication
  • House rules (a set of rules that are not as formal as council chamber rules – but help with cohesive and fun collaboration)
  • Connecting the agendas from the election, previous administration to continue and gain forward momentum
  • Vision exercise with blue-sky goal setting to articulate the future of the community

*Room to customize to a certain area of particular interest or concern to ensure the orientation provides unique value to the community and participants.

Pricing: $10,000 + GST per 12 hour workshop

*Maximum 15 participants

Council and Administration Education Program

The following are one day courses available for council and administration. Each of these courses is built upon over 20 years of municipal and community building experience, and designed to provide practical, implementable techniques for the real world. The program is designed to be delivered over the course of 6 months to a year.

Strategic Leadership

Different types of political leadership are explored, how to identify them through characteristic analysis, and when and where they are most effectively, or ineffectively, employed. We also evaluate and discuss the role of democracy in municipal politics and the challenges it can present in complex decision making. We study how to support effective leadership through modern challenges.

Communication and Engagement

There are many textbook strategies for communicating and engaging the public. In a world where it is now acceptable to simply decry information as ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ when you disagree with them, the textbook strategies no longer work. We explore the differences between communication, consultation, and engagement, and when each is most effective and appropriate to use. We also explore a new method of communication that helps condition the public and prepare them for change. Studying cognitive biases and analyzing resistors will form part of the core of this module.

Planning and Action

Strategic Planning is often presented as a science, but this module demonstrates it is actually an art. We compare good and bad vision statements, and how they lead to good and bad strategic plans. We work through the real questions that need to be asked to produce a good strategic plan that will not simply fulfill the desire to have a planning document that sits on a shelf, but one that is action oriented.

Municipal Collaboration

There is growing pressure across Canada and the United States to improve municipal collaboration, both within municipalities, but also between them. In this module, we will focus on the issues that keep municipalities apart and where the challenges lie, with particular focus on the issues associated with governance, taxation, services, and identity. We will also focus internally on how all types of organizations are responsible for building stronger communities, not just the municipality, and effective strategies for cooperation across within a community.

Change Management

Change Management is one of the most undertaught programs in municipal politics. The world is changing dramatically, yet most communities are planning and operating under the pretense that the world will remain very much the same. Communities will change more in the next 10 years than they have in the last 100. From how we build infrastructure, to what makes up the core of a community, will all change. Our entire concept of what makes communities and municipalities viable and strong will change as well.

Indigenous Relations & Understanding

Developing meaningful context and understanding around Indigenous peoples and their history. We will examine the respective roles of inclusion, reconciliation and cultural awareness in building stronger, more prosperous communities rich in diversity, equality and opportunity.

Other Modules Also Available

  • Risk Management – specifically focused on service delivery and infrastructure, as a key part of the planning and financial management.
  • Marketing Your Community – learning how to build and incorporate website and social media strategies for successful marketing inside and outside the community.
  • Community Economic Development – strategies and techniques for growing a whole community from Mainstreet to the neighbourhood.
  • Negotiating for Success – making deals happen and partnerships work requires negotiating with skill and finesse, and understanding how to use the strategies of negotiating successful.

Pricing: $545/per person per course.

Each course is 1 full day

*Minimum 14 participants