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Local Government Issues Dick Hayter Involvement C. Clyde Jones Rick Mann “The good men may do separately is small compared with what they may do collectively .” Benjamin Franklin Involvement Leadership Communication Opportunities

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local government issues dick hayter

Local Government IssuesDick Hayter


  • C. Clyde Jones
  • Rick Mann
“The good men may do separately is small compared with what they may do collectively.”Benjamin Franklin
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Opportunities
leadership peter drucker
Leadership Peter Drucker

“An effective leader is not someone who is loved or admired. He or she is someone whose followers do the right things.”

leadership jon wefald
Leadership Jon Wefald
  • Vision
  • Communication Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Hire good people & then delegate
  • Consistent Values
  • Self-Confidence
  • Determination
  • Caring
  • Sense of humor
  • Trust in others

“Communication is depositing a part of yourself in another person.”

Source Unkown

communication skills
Sending Skills



Receiving Skills



Communication Skills
sending skill speaking
Sending Skill - Speaking

S = Structure

P = Purpose (Personal)

E = Enthusiasm

A = Audience

K = Knowledge

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Sending Skill - Speaking

“Keep everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. ”

--Albert Einstein

receiving skills listening
Receiving Skills - Listening

“. . . a large part of communication skills, which people forget, is listening.”

John Chambers

President & CEO


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Receiving Skills - Listening

“ Active listening is more than hearing. Listening is a learned behavior that attaches meaning to sound. It is the hardest role in the communication process.”

Prof. Holly Deforest

Park College

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Receiving Skills - Listening

“ God gave us two ears and one mouth. It is wise to use them in that proportion.”

R. Hermstad

September ‘99

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Receiving Skills - Listening

L = Learn

I = Interest

S = Supportive

T = Think

E = Evaluate*

N = Need

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Receiving Skills - Listening

* “When you look at people, observe their abilities, not their disabilities.”

Christopher Reeves


Receiving Skills - Listening

“ A closed mouth gathers no foot.”

Source Unknown



resources continued
Resources Continued


volunteer appointed boards
Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Why Participate?

  • Professional Development
  • Business Development
  • Personal Interest
  • Altruistic Values (Community Service)
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Professional Development

  • Advances in Technology
  • Changes in Laws or Procedures
  • Legal Requirements for Licensure
  • Professional Advancement
    • Formal Requirements
    • Personal Growth
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Business Development

  • Influence on public policy by associations and professional societies
  • Networking
    • Client Building
    • Professional Relationships
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Personal Interest (at variety of levels)

  • Youth programs
  • Sports
  • Hobbies
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Altruistic (Community Service)

  • Two Levels
    • Program or project participation
      • Continuing Service
      • Special Project
    • Boards and Councils
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Appointments to Public Boards

  • Individual Appointments
  • Representative Appointments
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards


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Volunteer & Appointed Boards


  • Say “yes” more than “no.”
  • HOWEVER, it’s okay to say no!
  • Include your family or personal needs for your time when you say “yes.”
  • Identify your successor early and know who will be responsible.
  • Is there a specified term?
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Volunteer & Appointed Boards

Advice Continued

  • Check your priorities
    • Personal
    • Employer
    • FAMILY
  • Check the priorities of those with whom you will work or who will influence the outcome.
running for office
Running for Office
  • Why
  • Campaigns
  • Obligations
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Running for Office


  • Personal Interest in Forming Public Policy
  • Issues
  • Long term political interest
  • Masochistic Desires (Pleasure in being abused)
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Running for Office


  • Experience in serving others helps but not essential.
  • Decide early
  • Identify leadership team
  • Develop campaign plan including schedule, volunteer needs and costs
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Running for Office

Campaign Continued

  • Develop financing plan
  • Delegate campaign management to leadership team
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Running for Office

Campaign Continued

  • Seek advice from those who have held office in the past.
  • Become familiar with issues facing the office and determine your position. (Do not limit your knowledge of issues to only those of personal interest to you.)
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Running for Office

Campaign Continued

  • Meet with key staff
  • Meet with elected officials with whom you wish to serve.
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Running for Office




“Vision without action is merely a dream and action without vision just passes the time, but vision with action can change the world.” Joel Barker