Effective and productive management is a critically important aspect of every well-run organization. Top-level and middle-management personnel need to know and understand the principles of such skills as leadership, communication, and delegation of authority. Management in the public sector is uniquely challenging because—unlike in the private sector where profit is the ultimate motive—a municipality’s main goal is to provide the “highest quality of public services at the lowest possible cost.” Understanding their environment and the culture of local government are critical components of public sector management that all effective managers must need to understand and apply every day.
The Meyner Center will provide half-day and whole-day sessions on management in the public sector. During this session, we will review the principles of:
- Knowledge of subject matter
- Vision of goals
- Delegation of authority
- Decision making
We will create a dialogue with attendees as to why it is so challenging to manage in the public sector. We will discuss with attendees how important it is for all managers and middle managers to establish an effective team approach to their municipality or to their department. We will review how important it is to establish the following core values that will guide them through their decisions:
Attendees will learn about how to deal with difficult employees, manage the constant rumor mill that runs through the public sector workplace, and create a productive and positive environment in your municipality or department.
The program presenter for these session(s) will be Associate Director David Woglom. Before coming to the Meyner Center in 2007, Mr. Woglom was a municipal manager for 27 years in Pennsylvania, having spent his last 20 years as the borough manager in Quakertown, Pa., where he administered a municipality with an annual budget of more than $20 million, with seven department heads and more than 125 full- and part-time employees. Mr. Woglom brings the same passion for teaching the principles of management as municipal management personnel need to bring to their positions.