The Planning Management Institute is a powerful and unique leadership development opportunity which comes but once a year — at the annual APA National Conference. It’s been conducted (by the same facilitators) for 11 consecutive years, who’ve been making it better every year.
This is your chance to explore the unique and special challenges of managing a planning department, whether you’re in the public or private sector. You will learn from experts and peers, network with other planning managers from throughout North America, and walk away with practical solutions, tips, and techniques that have been “field-tested” in the real world.
The full-day program is packed with content:
Managing yourself: Framing your role as a planning manager, understanding the nature of change and transition, managing “on purpose”
Managing one-to-one: Dealing with your staff, one at a time. Motivation, coaching, performance evaluation, conflict management
Managing teams: Dealing with your staff as a team. How do high performing teams get there? How do you foster collaboration?
Managing externalities: Sometimes, the elephant in the room is the politics of the situation, both in the public and private sectors. We’ll unpack that.
Open forum: Where you can ask anything about your leadership challenges — and get suggestions from the experts and your colleagues from large and small organizations from coast to coast.
This is not a sit-and-listen workshop. You’ll be up and about, changing tables, meeting others, and engaged in highly interactive exercises and activities. Whether you’re a newer manager (or manager-to-be), or someone who’s been at this for a while, there will be something for you — an insight, an “aha,” a new technique or approach you’ve never explored, and perhaps some new colleagues to add to your network.
This isn’t just “workshop blurb-speak.” In 2017, 70 percent of those participating said the workshop exceeded their expectations. One hundred percent agreed or strongly agreed that “the workshop presented ideas or techniques that are useful to me.”
Being an effective, successful manager involves a life-long commitment to learning. The PMI will be your opportunity to rub elbows with your peers and learn from people who’ve been highly successful managers in your field. Not theorists or academicians, these are folks with track records of successful Planning Management experience.
The question really isn’t, “Should I attend the PMI this year?” The question should be, “Why would you come all the way to New Orleans and not attend the PMI?”
Top image: Participants in the Planning Management Institute at the 2015 National Planning Conference in Seattle. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.
About the Author
Gary Winters is a leadership coach and workshop facilitator.