Leading Through Relationships

February 20-22, 2013

Executive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, Richmond, BC

Local government leadership is all about building broad, deep, meaningful and respectful relationships.  These relationships produce real results in the community and involve traditional and new conversations and communications. The theme of the Local Government Leadership Academy's 2013 Forum is “Leading through Relationships.” It builds on the LGLA's very successful 2012 Elected Officials Seminars with a three-day Forum in Richmond from February 20 to 22 2013.

This Forum comes as new councils and boards enter the second of their three-year terms. It is a chance to reflect on what is working and what is not working so well – a time to think about what the next two years will hold toward your legacy and how relationships are a key to success.

The Forum kicks-off Wednesday afternoon with a keynote speaker who has rich experience in the importance of relationship building and some compelling stories and lessons around what works and what doesn't. In the following session, From Impasse to Success, a BC-based panel will explore case studies of situations at an impasse because of conflicting positions and relate how the leader helped guide the way to a successful conclusion by developing the relationships needed. Day One concludes with a Networking reception with local government officials from throughout the province. Share your ideas and issues with your colleagues.

The focus on Day Two is skills development, and the Forum offers six topics and the opportunity for you to choose four of these as you customize your program. Among the confirmed presenters are Jerry Berry and Allison Habkirk with Relationships among Elected Boards and CAO & Staff – a One Year Review; Tracey Lorenson on Understanding Your Approach to Difficult Decisions; Jan Enns with two sessions - Citizen Engagement through Social Media and Effective Messaging by Starting and Staying on the Same Page; and Jamie Chicanot on Conflict Resolution Skills – Getting to Win-win Solutions. The program includes a session on First Nations Relationships with Local Government, drawing upon exemplary practices from communities around the province.

In the evening we have a Dialogue among Elected Officials, with a panel of seasoned, current elected officials talking about their own experiences and acting as the sounding board for your relationship issues.

On Day Three the focus is on Good “Practice” Sessions. The program will offer six concurrent sessions featuring relationships with a constellation of groups local governments deal with: such as youth, seniors, media, angry constituents and even your personal relationships and work-life balance.  Stay-tuned as we announce speakers in the New Year.  We will  have choices that relate to large to small communities.

We will close the Forum with a Rapporteur session that will synthesize some of the key learnings as a special take-away for delegates.

The 2013 LGLA Leadership Forum is full of great presenters, excellent networking opportunities, and practical and inspiring sessions designed to help you develop and maintain the meaningful, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships so crucial to good governance.

Further details on the Leadership Forum are available on the LGLA website at http://lgla.ca/events/upcoming/2013-leadership-forum/.

Registration is now open through the CivicInfo Society at www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2013/LGLAForum.asp

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