Dr. K Is Speaking At League of Oregon Cities 86th Annual Conference on October 1

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on September 28, 2011

In 2007, the Ashland Oregon City Council, led by Mayor John Morrison, chose to take positive steps to resolve the interpersonal conflict that had come to dominate council interactions.  I was brought in by the city to deliver a five month training and coaching program (The Leadership Project)  to the mayor and councilors designed to help the council succeed at doing its work for the city of Ashland.  The story made national headlines, as ‘City Council Seeks Therapy.’

The project was initially panned by some Ashland residents and tax payers as wasteful and unnecessary.  But by the end of the project, meetings were ending on time or early, business was getting done and decisions being made in an effective manner, and the positive results earned a positive response from Ashland citizens.  The story of how this came about is the topic of a keynote speech I’ll be delivering to the League on October 1, 2011, in Bend, Oregon.    The title of the speech is ‘How Councils Can Stop Clashing and Start Clicking.’   I plan to tell the story of getting the engagement, how I organized the project, and my assessment of what worked and why.   I’ll share a few of the models I used with the group, expected to be between 350 and 500 people, including the mayors, councilors and city planners of just about all of Oregon’s cities.

For more information on the conference, visit the League of Oregon Cities web site

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