Leadership vs. management

The debate about whether it’s better to be a leader or a manager always provokes a strong response. In recent years we’ve come to admire leadership more than management. The ability to inspire others to achieve is seen as necessary for success, while management to...

Succession planning workshop in Florida

A large wave of retirements presents an opportunity for local governments to become more resilient through succession planning. This hands-on workshop, sponsored by Management Partners and the Alliance for Innovation and held in Clearwater, Florida, will use a case-study format to demonstrate techniques to plan...

Are you a leader or a manager?

This article, by Management Partners CEO Jerry Newfarmer, first appeared in PA Times. Ronald Reagan was a classic leader, someone whose soaring rhetoric and vision inspired both followers and critics. Reagan’s predecessor, Jimmy Carter, was a true manager who viewed the presidency as a series...

Texas City Management Conference: Social Media Strategies

Management Partners Special Advisor Linda Barton attended the Texas City Management Conference earlier this month and sent this report. The topic that continued to emerge in sessions was the impact of social media. The concept of social media is relatively new, but the impact has...

Building Financial Resiliency in Governments

On June 3rd I had the good fortune to address a large audience at the Government Finance Officers Association’s 109th annual conference in rainy Philadelphia, during a session entitled “The Resilient Government.” I joined Bob Eichem, Chief Financial Officer of Boulder, Colorado, and GFOA’s outgoing...

Rod Gould joins Management Partners

Rod Gould, whose award-winning career in local government included stints as city manager of Santa Monica, Poway, San Rafael and Monrovia, is joining Management Partners as vice president for management, based in the firm’s West Coast office. Gould will assist West Regional Vice President Andrew...

San Bernardino moves forward with bankruptcy plan

City Council members in San Bernardino, one of only a few American cities to declare bankruptcy in recent years, approved a plan this week to resolve its fiscal problems. The plan was prepared with the help of Management Partners, and it comes ahead of a...

Overcoming obstacles to shared services

At the Alliance for Innovation’s recent Transforming Local Government conference, Virginia Beach was awarded a 2015 Innovation Award for its shared-service plan with Norfolk and Chesapeake. Too often, people weigh the cost savings and efficiency of shared services against the risk of job loss and...

"They’ll always be my little towns": a city manager retires

Dave Childs has been a local-government professional for 43 years. In announcing his retirement to Palmdale, Calif., officials this week, he captured many of the reasons why this is not just a job but a calling for so many of us. Thanks for putting it...

Want to innovate in local government? Do this first.

The following post first appeared on Voices of the Governing Institute. From open-data projects to predictive policing, everyone in local government wants to innovate right now. Ours is a golden age for innovation, with technology enabling government leaders to radically change the way they do...

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