Certificate in Rural Municipal Leadership

Strengthen your leadership in local government with this series of seven, one-day modules developed by Doug Griffiths, President of 13 Ways Inc. and best-selling author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community.

Complete all seven modules to receive your Certificate in Rural Municipal Leadership from the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus.

Overview | Who is it for? | Schedule | Instructor

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The Certificate in Rural Municipal Leadership consists of seven, one-day modules:

Roles & Responsibilities: After reviewing the roles and responsibilities of council, the CAO, the administration and the public, we study how each of the four groups interact with each other, when they should not interact with each other, and how those relationships should be managed, especially when they go wrong. Particular attention is paid to identifying symptoms of an unhealthy balance in each relationship, and how to correct it.

Strategic Leadership: Explore different types of political leadership, how to identify them through characteristic analysis, and when and where they are most effectively, or ineffectively, employed. We will explore and better understand our own leadership styles, as well as discuss the challenges of leading in the modern world. We also evaluate and discuss the role of democracy in municipal politics and the challenges it can present in complex decision making.

Communication & Engagement: There are many textbook strategies for communicating and engaging the public. In a world where it is now acceptable to simply decry information as 'fake news' and 'alternative facts' when you disagree with them, the textbook strategies no longer work. We explore the differences between communication, consultation and engagement, and when each is most effective and appropriate to use. We also explore communication methods that help prepare the public for change. Studying cognitive biases and analyzing resistors will form part of the core of this module.

Planning & Action: Strategic Planning is often presented as a science, but this module demonstrates it is actually an art. We compare good and bad vision statements, and how they lead to good and bad strategic plans. We work through the real questions that need to be asked to produce a good strategic plan that will not simply fulfill the desire to have a planning document that sits on a shelf, but rather one that is action oriented and focussed on results.

Municipal Collaboration: There is growing pressure to improve municipal collaboration, both within municipalities, and also between them. In this module, we will focus on the issues that keep municipalities apart and where the challenges lie, with particular focus on the issues associated with governance, taxation, services and identity. We will also focus on inter- and intra-municipal cooperation, and the opportunities that lie ahead for communities that work collaboratively.

Change Management: Change Management is one of the most under taught programs in municipal politics. Our communities will face more challenges in the next 15 years than they have in the last 50. Yet most communities are planning and operating under the pretense that the world will remain very much the same over the next generation. Our entire concept of what makes communities and municipalities viable and strong, and what the coming generations have in store, has to change and evolve if we are going to survive and thrive.

Priority Based Budgeting: Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) is a unique approach being used by local governments across the country to match available resources with community priorities, make better informed decisions, and meaningfully engage citizens in the budgeting process. Learn how to use PBB tools to leverage your municipality's strategic plan, allocate resources, and achieve goals. Can also be taken independent of the Certificate.

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Developed by Doug exclusively for mayors, reeves, councillors, AND municipal staff, this program targets specific and unique issues of leadership and management, and encourages both elected officials, senior leaders in administration (and those looking to be senior leaders in administration) to join.

Schedule Back ↑

Modules Date Duration Location Investment
Priority Based Budgeting Fall 2020 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST
Roles & Responsibilities TBD 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST
Strategic Leadership TBD 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST
Communication & Engagement TBD 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST
Planning & Action TBD 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST
Municipal Collaboration TBD 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST
Change Management TBD 1 day Camrose, AB $549 + GST

We are in the process of confirming the schedule for a repeat delivery of this program in the new year. If you'd like to be notified as soon as dates have been confirmed, please email AugExtEd@ualberta.ca.

Instructors Back ↑

Doug Griffiths Speaking

Doug Griffiths, President & CEO, 13 Ways Inc.

After teaching and ranching for several years, Doug successfully served as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta for four consecutive terms. In that time he served in two senior Cabinet portfolios as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta, as well as three junior positions in Agriculture, Finance and Solicitor General.

He asserts our biggest challenge is not that we lack good plans, but that we lack the right perspective and attitudes. That is why Doug helps communities identify what is holding them back from finding success, and then helps them overcome it. Then, he helps to build them back up and works with them to find their pathway to success.

Doug's talents include: seeing through the lies we tell ourselves, overcoming bad attitudes, targeted and focused tactical planning, communicating with those who are afraid of change, and building enduring prosperity for communities. His passion lies in building strong communities, because within strong communities leadership can succeed, businesses can prosper, and families can find great quality of lives.

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Kelly Rudyk, President, It's Logical Strategic Planning Services

Raised in a family of four, by a single mother, Kelly learned early in life how to get the most out of a limited family budget. He was also taught the value of teamwork, and of doing the right thing for the right reasons. After having spent 28+ years working for Strathcona County he has recently decided to take his strategic planning, business planning, and budgeting experience and apply them more broadly. Kelly is on a mission to champion municipal excellence and continuous improvement in municipal governance.