Managing Political Disputes in the Workplace – What Can You Do?

Even though the 2016 Presidential election is months in the rear view mirror, controversy continues, with the news each day describing what looks like a three ring circus in Washington D.C.  Pundits have opined that our country is polarized by politics as never before: cities vs. rural areas; college educated vs. high school educated citizens; […]

All-Star City Manager Shares Career Advice

This post has been syndicated from the ViewPoint Cloud blog Earlier this month, I sat down with Santa Monica’s City Manager, Rick Cole, to talk about advice for public sector leaders pursuing careers in city management. Few can parallel Cole’s breadth and depth of experience in local government. Before coming to Santa Monica, Cole joined Los Angeles Mayor […]

Being a Great Coach … … and a Winning Player

Coaching is mutually rewarding. Players gain encouragement and guidance for their careers. Coaches gain deeper insights into their own careers and the satisfaction of helping others. You can benefit from coaching at any stage in your career. Indeed, one of the best ways to boost your coaching skills is to have someone coach you. Watch […]

How to Develop a Strong and Productive Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Two people climbing mountain ridge, one assisting another over the top ridge.

A mentor/mentee relationship can be immensely rewarding for both people. But how do you get to know each other, build trust, have productive meetings, and continue to have a beneficial, ongoing connection? Jennifer and Lydia met through MMANC’s Credentialed Government Leader program, where Jennifer was Lydia’s mentor. Together they created tips for mentors/ mentees to […]

Great Customer Service in Government: Setting Standards and Expectations is Job One

customer service rules!

The importance of providing high-quality service to customers – which is essentially everyone we encounter every day, both externally and internally – is a given in public sector agencies. We all understand the value derived from making great impressions on the customers we serve, although our reasons could be different depending on the situation. For […]

Interagency Collaboration: Whose Idea Is It Anyway?

  Collaboration between groups may be based on an idea or an existing need. Many creative-minded individuals have phenomenal success when building an idea from concept to fruition because they partner with others who embrace the same philosophy and ambitions. A great example of this is when communities address blight remediation and bring life to […]

ICMA Coaching Program Update

Register now for best practices in career development at all levels Sign up yourself and your team for the free ICMA Coaching Program webinars to boost your career and talent development throughout your organization. Click on the registration links or go to http://icma.org/coachingwebinars. Here are the remaining webinars for calendar 2016. Successful Supervision and Leadership […]

Career Compass No. 50: Storytelling–A Powerful Way to Lead and Communicate

June 1, 2016 I’m a traffic engineer in a small midwestern city. I just had a difficult experience presenting a mobility safety plan to my city council. I did a lot of research on best practices to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists along a fairly busy street, while still maintaining reasonable traffic flow. As part […]

MMANC Podcast: Joanne Bond on Emotional Intelligence

Eric Zetz, Program Manager for the City of Clovis and Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC) Board Member, meets with Joanne Bond to discuss her presentation on emotional intelligence. The interview was conducted in person on February 24, 2016 at the Winter Forum in Foster City, California.