How women in local government are shaping our cities

13 percent.

That was the percentage of women in city leadership roles in 1981, according to the ICMA. In 2014, they carried out the same study again and guess what? 13 percent. No progress had been made towards increasing the number of women in Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) roles in local government in more than 30 years.

My top ice breaker for strategic planning sessions in government & non-profits

I’m usually terrible at ice breakers. I’m a nuts and bolts kind of guy and generally don’t like anything that feels gimmicky. During my time in government and as a consultant, I facilitated hundreds of strategic planning sessions for local governments and nonprofits, and in every case, I liked to get to business and get things done.

6 benefits of a good management reporting system

Strategic planning is a key tool for running an effective local government. When done correctly, it turns today’s vision into tomorrow’s reality. But in order to meet the goals in the plan efficiently, local governments need a management reporting system to help them implement the plan. A good reporting system is the foundation for successful strategy execution.

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