Whilst the relationship between Elected Members and Officers has always been important for Local Government this is particularly the case when the organisation faces financial pressures and the need to make tough decisions about priorities. It may also be the case that collectively Members and Officers are working together to achieve significant organisational change. In addition, it can be a challenge for new staff coming into the organisation to grasp the importance and efficacy of political leadership. This workshop is a chance to explore what you know and don’t know and to develop the relationship skills to build effective relationships with Members.
- Being more aware of the political reality of the organisation
- Building knowledge and awareness
- Developing communication strategies and positive influence skills
09:30 Arrival and registration
10:00 Welcome and Introduction – Clarifying workshop and individual goals
10:20 differentiating the roles of politician and manager
Understanding how this is changing
What Policy makers need from officers?
11:35 Building a foundation of awareness – How much do you know?
12:15 Frustrations and tensions
Building relationships and trust
13:30 The dimensions of political sensitivity – Where do you stand?
15:00 Communication skills in a political setting – The importance of boundaries as a foundation for assertive communication
Confidentiality and openness, dealing with the dichotomy
15:45 Personal and organisational actions