Leadership Skills

Public Employees Leadership Institute
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Modules

1. Selecting and training new employees
2. Labor management relations
3. Conflict management, workplace stress
4. Problem employees
5. Effective delegation, employee empowerment


This course illustrates the substance of management is working with people. By using the people resources and by treating people with respect, understanding their needs and involving them in the decision making process we will maximize the potential of our operations.

  • Selecting and training new employees
  • Labor management relations
  • Workplace stresses and conflict management
  • Problem employers
  • Delegation and employee empowerment

Once completed participants should be able to:

  • Apply the selection process
  • Develop a training program
  • Understand labor management contracts and working relationships
  • Identify problem employees and select a course of action
  • Recognize effective delegation techniques and the value of employee empowerment

Key Concepts:

  • Selecting new employees
  • Training programs
  • Labor management relations
  • Problem employees
  • Effective delegation
  • Employee empowerment
Instructors

Position
Retired Deputy Public Works Director, City of Des Moines, Iowa


Education
BS in Industrial Sciences; University of Minnesota
MS in Industrial Safety and Loss Control; University of West Virginia
MS in Public Administration; Drake University


Experience
Worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a safety consultant in New York. Has worked in the City of Des Moines for 35 years, including as Assistant Employee Relations Director for 4 years, Assistant to the Public Works Director for 14 years. Throughout his career in public service, Pat participated in a number of government mandated programs giving him a unique perspective on the process of implementing federal legislation. He retired as public works director in 2014.


Institute course(s)
Leadership Skills
Fundamentals of Government

Position
Retired county engineer for Lee County, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Worked as a project engineer with the City of Davenport, then as a consultant at Shive-Hattery and Associates before serving as Lee County Engineer for 25 years.


Professional affiliations
Has served in over 6 professional associations
Helped establish the Secondary Road Maintenance Supervisors Organization
Served on the Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners


Institute course(s)
Leadership Skills

Position
Planner; City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Education
BS in Community and Regional Planning; Iowa State University
MS in Public Administration with a Transportation Planning Emphasis; Iowa State University


Experience
Kara Tragesser has a BS in Community and Regional Planning, as well as a Masters of Public Administration with a Transportation Planning emphasis from Iowa State. Kara worked at the Iowa DOT, Office of Systems Planning (Advance Planning), in Ames for two years. Her next stop was the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Des Moines, IA, for eight years as a Transportation Planner. She moved on to the City of West Des Moines as a Planner working on current planning, long range planning, annexation, land use planning and transportation for sixteen years and counting. Kara has been involved in the City of West Des Moines’s Quality Initiative since approximately 2001.


Institute course(s)
Leadership Skills

Position
Director; Statewide Urban Design and Specifications Program, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Paul Wiegand has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. He has over 30 years experience in urban public works activities, with 18 years as a Public Works Director in Ames, Iowa. For the past four and a half years, he has been involved with the Institute of Transportation in both the Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) program and National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University managing research projects. He is currently Principal Investigator on projects dealing with pervious pavement, concrete overlays, the Concrete Pavement Road Map and tire-pavement noise.


Institute course(s)
Leadership Skills

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