9780873261432

The Effective Local Government Manager

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  • ISBN13:

    9780873261432

  • ISBN10:

    0873261437

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/30/2005
  • Publisher: Intl City County Management Assn
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Perfect Introductory Text for Students Aspiring to Local Government Management Careers For the student contemplating a career as a manager in public service, The Effective Local Government Manager is almost obligatory reading. Many instructors have built introductory courses on local government management around The Effective Local Government Manager. Essential Tools for Professional Local Government Managers For the young assistant in a city or county, or for the mid-career manager assessing new challenges, The Effective Local Government Manager offers insights on your role and how you can best serve your community. It explores the manager┐s many roles and responsibilities┐interacting with the community, the governing body, local government employees, and other governments. It offers the most up-to-date theory and practice of local government as well as tools of management.

Table of Contents

Forward xi
Preface xiii
The profession of local government manager: evolution and leadership styles
1(20)
Raymond W. Cox III
The profession of local government management
2(6)
New leadership styles
8(4)
On being an ethical leader
12(1)
The effective professional
13(1)
Looking ahead
14(1)
Recap
15(6)
Achieving effective community leadership
21(36)
James H. Svara
Appropriateness of community leadership by local government managers
22(1)
Community-leadership aspects of local government management
23(4)
Changes in the political context of community leadership
27(6)
Sizing up one's own community-leadership style
33(4)
Understanding community dynamics
37(3)
Identifying the actors in community politics
40(8)
Behavioral components of effective community leadership
48(4)
Recap
52(5)
Enhancing the governing body's effectiveness
57(26)
Craig M. Wheeland
The governing body's role
57(1)
The professional manager's responsibilities toward the governing body
58(1)
Strengthen policy-making capabilities
59(4)
Maintain a good work environment
63(3)
Build confidence
66(4)
Understand the governing body's incentives
70(4)
Understand and resolve conflict
74(4)
Recap
78(5)
Promoting the community's future
83(30)
Martin Vanacour
The expanding role of the manager
83(3)
The changing scene in local government
86(3)
The planning function and community strategic planning
89(4)
Economic development
93(8)
The intersection of growth management, smart growth, and economic development
101(2)
Community-building with citizens
103(3)
Developing a positive legacy for the community
106(4)
Recap
110(3)
Essential management practices
113(40)
Mary Ellen Guy
William Earle Klay
David Coursey
Organization design
113(1)
The human resource management function
114(16)
Budgeting and managing financial resources
130(8)
Managing information technology resources
138(10)
Recap
148(5)
Policy implementation, productivity, and program evaluation
153(28)
Joseph Cayer
Ronald W. Perry
Agenda setting and policy formulation
153(3)
Implementation
156(13)
Evaluation
169(7)
Recap
176(5)
Relating to other organizations
181(28)
Michael McGuire
The transformation of local government
182(2)
The external environment
184(1)
Vertical relations
185(7)
Horizontal relations
192(6)
Managing external relations
198(7)
Recap
205(4)
Leading a manager's life
209(24)
William H. Hansell
A manager's motivation
209(2)
A manager's career
211(10)
The work and life of a manager
221(5)
Career suitability
226(3)
Recap
229(4)
Appendix A ICMA code of ethics with guidelines 233(4)
Appendix B Practices for effective local government management 237(4)
Appendix C Declaration of ideals 241(2)
Annotated bibliography 243(10)
About the authors 253(2)
Sources of quotations 255(2)
Illustration credits 257(2)
Index 259

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