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An alternate viewpoint on council staff relations

  1. 1.  Staff/Council relations as seen by a politician  Effective politicians  Dealing with staff in a proactive way
  2. 2.  Competing interest of governance and administration.
  3. 3.  Representing the public  Developing and evaluating policies  Determining services  Maintaining fiscal integrity
  4. 4.  Maintain operations of the corporation  Offer professional advice  Provide written reports  Undertake sound administrative practices
  5. 5.  Relationship between council and staff should be a respectful one of trust and one where there is a principle of joint ownership and teamwork.  Both solitudes are charged with providing service to all citizens.
  6. 6.  Public Floggings  Micromanaging  Withholding information  Failure to respect the chain of command  Failure to defend
  7. 7.  Accepting ineptitude  Failure to define council vision and goals  Failure to review
  8. 8.  Listen more and speak less.  Compromise and feel good about it.  Are honest and ethical.  Respect staff, political colleagues and the people they serve.  Care about the work they do.  Pursue justice.
  9. 9.  Player politicians are courageous.  Player politicians are persistent .  Player politicians are responsible.  Player politicians are able to laugh.
  10. 10.  Fireside chat  Council orientation  Procedural By-law  Councillor spending policy  Councillor code of conduct
  11. 11.  Staff/council relations  Dealing proactively with staff  Effective politicians  Balance  Clerk/Treasurers do great work and together we can do fantastic things!
  12. 12.  http://fenikpublishing.wordpress.com  jfenik@cogeco.ca

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