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30 August 2017
The StrengthsFinder program developed by Gallup has gained a tremendous following over many years. Most recently at the City of Olathe, it was utilized to a greater level than I had experienced previously. The Resource Management department not only used this program but leveraged it over nearly a two-year span of time to foster employee relationship development in a powerful way that continues today.
25 July 2017
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In 2017, Maricopa County found a way to empower youth to "Care Enough" to get in the way and take action to prevent tragedies in their community." The result, one of the largest conferences for youth in the history of our Arizona, with fifty schools and over eight-hundred attendees from all over.
The City of Long Beach, California is using its Community Police Academy to highlight facets of policing that are not always visible to the public and also help the Department build stronger, and more effective, partnerships.
14 July 2017
Technology can help train employees and foster organizational development, but virtual experiences like webinars and online networks cannot replace the community cohesion that occurs when workers learn together in person. Communities of practice, or learning networks, gather employees in the same room to regularly learn and practice key concepts that will help them do their jobs better. These in-person models build trusting relationships, enabling participants to be part of a supportive community of continuous learning.
3 July 2017
The City of Avondale is reinventing itself as a more walkable and bike-able community by considering the needs of all users when implementing streetscape retrofits....
1 June 2017
How do you get out of the same old routine and begin to think about projects differently? Sometimes you have to take a time out. Kyle Kridler at the City of Dublin and his team collectively took a time out. Simply dedicating less than 2% of their work time to focusing on and thinking creatively about a strategic goal outside of the team's day-to-day operations resulted in major improvements.
25 May 2017
As part of completing the Innovation Academy, Maricopa County identified a team project that focused on justice-involved women and women with justice-involved children. The following story expands upon the research and work completed as part of the Innovation Academy Class of 2015.
24 May 2017
In Need of a Solution The City of Casa Grande needed to find a solution to the increasing costs for street lights. Increasing electricity...
After protests rocked the city and shined light on significant inequalities, Charlotte turned to one of the oldest engagement techniques –conversation- to try and win back trust and find out how residents really felt about the state of affairs.
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