7 July 2016
FOUR KEY TAKEAWAYS FOR A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL:
Establishing, nurturing, and maintaining good relations with elected officials is one of the key components of every city and county manager’s job.
If proper techniques and strategies are used to establish an effective working relationship with the governing board, there is a greater likelihood of job satisfaction for all concerned. On the other hand, when no techniques or strategies are in place, and when the elected policy makers and the manager are not working well together, it invariably ripples through the organization and impacts effectiveness at all levels – ultimately resulting in the public not being well served.
ICMA’s new e-book, Making It Work: The Essentials of Council-Manager Relations, offers a variety of suggested techniques and strategies to maximize an effective working relationship with your governing board. Recognizing that not all the factors required for an effective relationship are in the manager’s control, this guide was created to improve the local government manager’s ability to effectively address those factors over which you have influence.
Through a series of chapters, you'll learn why getting the relationships right from the start is important; how to achieve clarity of roles, desired outcomes, and policy development; the why and how of conducting new council-member orientations; how to plan effective council meetings; as well as receive a set of 12 best practices in council-manager relations.
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