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Sustaining a healthy relationship with the executive

Learn what makes a trusting and productive relationship between the elected council and executive team 
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    All good relationships take effort

    A respectful and productive working relationship between councillors and the General Manager and the executive team is critical to the good working order of a local council. This important relationship has some specific rules of play that councillors and council staff need to understand and follow. But this is only part of the story. As they say, relationships require effort and successful ones require mutual trust.

    When relationships between councillors and staff break down, particularly at the executive level, it can seriously impact the ability of the organisation to effectively fulfil its statutory obligations. This includes providing a safe workplace for staff. It can also make the organisation turn inward, instead of outward.

    So what are the essential things that make this relationship zing?

    Webinar take-aways

    In this webinar, we zoom in on this crucial relationship and share how you can contribute to a healthy functional relationship between the elected body and executive team.
    Gain insights from an experienced local government CEO about what makes this relationship work. In this webinar, we share: 
    • The statutory framework that defines this relationship
    • The practical difference between the operational and strategic divide
    • What contributes to, and detracts from, a good working relationship
    • Consequences if this relationship breaks down
    • Strategies and tips to maintain a healthy relationship with the General Manager and the executive team

    Your presenters

    At Locale Learning we believe in humanising the political experience and supporting local elected leaders to reach their leadership potential. Our team are united by our common passion to transform the leadership capabilities of our local elected representatives. 

    Emma Broomfield
    Founder & lead facilitator

    Emma is a qualified mediator and trained lawyer with 20 years experience in the local government industry. In that time, she has worked with hundreds of councillors as a legal advisor, conflict resolution specialist, facilitator, consultant, coach and Code of Conduct reviewer. She has gained deep insights into the unique challenges and common experiences they face in governing large complex organisations in a political environment and under close scrutiny from others. 

    Michelle McFadyen
    Experienced CEO & local government leader

    Michelle has more than 25 years’ experience in CEO and/or senior executive roles in the local government sector in NSW and QLD. She has worked with almost 100 councillors and more than a dozen Mayors during her career and has learnt a thing or two about what makes those relationships work – and it’s not what you might think. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business, a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.  She is also a qualified counsellor, mediator, conflict coach and strengths profile practitioner.

    We have more

    This webinar is the first in a five part series unpacking dysfunction of elected councils, how to avoid it and how to resolve it. The series looks at dysfunction from multiple angles so councillors can be fully informed and up-skilled to keep themselves and the elected group on track to successful outcome delivery for their communities.

    Webinar 1

    Mastering your mindset amidst dysfunction - the individuals role in group dysfunction

    Webinar 2

    Collaborating with your councillor colleagues - how to bring the group together

    Webinar 3

    Building a healthy relationship with the executive team – cohesion with staff counts

    Webinar 4

    Cultivating connection and trust between council and the community 

    Webinar 5

    Knowing when and how to take action to address and resolve dysfunction 

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