Achieve Outcomes in Everyone’s Best Interest
Friday, April 19, 21013 – 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (lunch included) ω $75/person for county members.

Negotiation is “a back and forth interaction among two or more people who wish to arrive at a mutually agreeable outcome where the parties have some interests in common and some that are opposed.” This definition from Fisher and Ury’s book Getting to Yes describes most “Public Good” negotiations. Solution-Based Negotiation teaches participants how to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for all negotiating parties while ensuring the outcomes are in the best interest of the public while the negotiating parties’ relationships end positively. This course covers the most current tried and tested behaviors in the field of negotiation and gives you tools that will be immediately useful in your work. Best of all, it can help you serve your constituents in the best possible ways without needless compromise.

Instructor: Dr. Laree Kiely is president of the Kiely Group; organizational effectiveness consultants, and a professor at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Bring Order and Effectiveness to Chaos
Friday, April 26, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. (lunch included) ω $75/person for county members.

Dread the thought of chairing – or attending – another meeting? Supervisors and executives spend a lot of resources at meetings. This class will help you make Board, public, staff or just about any meeting more constructive. Whether you are the chair or a participant this course will provide techniques and tips for making effective use of meetings: preparation, moving the agenda, engaging participants, managing distractions and dealing with difficult situations and people. Compliance with the Brown Act and other laws is examined along with strategies to encourage public and participant participation yet avoid meetings which go on and on and on and on. Whether an experienced chair or a meeting novice, your will leave with practical tools to manage your meetings. Eligible for MCLE credits.

Instructors: Michael Colantuono, Esq. is a partner of Colantuono & Levin, PC and serves as legal counsel to local governments, and experts from the Institute for Local Government.

Not-to-be-Missed Class with Former Senator David Landis
Friday, May 3, in Sacramento – 10 am to 3:30 pm (lunch included) ω $75/person for county members.

To get things done you work with a range of county staff, elected officials and community members … some of whom may not agree with your goals. What techniques and tools exist to help you pursue your objectives? This course examines practices that improve the likelihood of achieving desired objectives. It examines the elements which contribute to success, from interpersonal relations to building a system of monitoring and a culture of accountability. Participants look at themselves and the values that underlie ethical behavior and trustworthy-ness. Other components address coalition building, collaboration and setting expectations.

Instructor: David Landis is a former long-time Nebraska state senator, an award-winning teacher and a skilled negotiator in the public arena.

CSAC Partnership with California State University – Northridge

The CSAC Institute has partnered with CSU-Northridge to offer a unique MPA degree program exclusively for county managers and elected officials. This on-line degree features a cohort approach so you complete all the courses together with your class. All courses are on-line so you take each class at your convenience. The cohort has three Saturday classes in Sacramento during the two-year program so you can meet classmates in-person as well. CSU-Northridge is one of the largest and oldest MPA institutions and has gathered an outstanding faculty of academics and experienced professionals. If you’ve been thinking about earning your MPA, this is an exciting opportunity!
Learn more about the courses, schedule, faculty, costs and other details at: Enrollment is open NOW and closes on May 31. Classes begin on September 3, 2013.

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