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Public Leaders in Rhode Island Innovate for Safer, Greener Cities and Schools, Serving Citizens Better, and Saving Money Through ‘Leadership Matters RI’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ‘Leadership Matters RI’ achieves another year of successful outcomes in Rhode Island. Citizens in Central Falls, Cumberland, Pawtucket and Portsmouth will benefit from the learning and innovative work of their public leaders. The Public Sector Consortium, a national nonprofit dedicated to the “reinvention of public leadership for the public good,” has worked with the cities/towns, legislators and school departments from these municipalities and their projects are once again yielding benefits.

“We have partnered with proactive city and town leaders, public educators, university leaders, and elected legislators across Rhode Island, providing them with the skills to take a system-wide strategic approach to complex challenges,” said Georgie Bishop, President of the Public Sector Consortium. “It is not always easy to shift ingrained ways of doing business but once leaders experience how new skills can help them be more effective, lower their stress levels and achieve better results, it transforms how work gets done,” continued Bishop.

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Sustainable Leadership Practices™

“Sustainable Leadership Practices; A New Model of Excellence for all Leaders.

“The criteria that defines quality leadership performance varies depending on the industry, sector, culture, and author of the latest management book. Our belief is that there are core professional leadership practices that are universal and would seriously improve the quality of our lives and are better described as Sustainable Leadership Practices™.”

“…The US needs to take their lead and begin to develop these practices in American public leaders and reward them for avoiding crises and the stress that comes with them. We are behind the curve on the shift from reactive to sustainable leadership practices. The cost of the current reactive leadership approach is non-sustainable.”

Read the full article, written by Georgie Bishop, online at Thrive Global

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This is What’s Next – The Rhode Island Foundation

“Over the last several years, a new style of leadership has taken root in several Rhode Island communities.

“These public leaders rely on practiced skills like systems thinking, facilitative leadership, and performance measures, and they engage their constituencies and their workforces to achieve goals important to the entire community.”

Read the full article, written by James M. Ludes, PhD, online at The Rhode Island Foundation

In closing, Ludes notes:

“Leadership matters—but it’s not the top-down, directive style of leadership popularized in old war movies. Leadership today—and ever more so in the future—requires a commitment to service, a recognition that people depend on you for things big and small, and a willingness to see yourself in the lives of others—whether that’s your employee, your boss, or a single parent whose child has just been suspended from school. If, as a society, we find and reward leaders like that, the future will be brighter for all of us.”

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Managing Projects and Engaging Stakeholders

Rhode Island Town Unveils New Innovative Program to Manage Projects and Engage Stakeholders More Effectively
‘Bristol Approach to Excellence’ To Keep Citizens and Town Leaders More Informed About Projects in Real-Time

Bristol, Rhode Island town officials today revealed the secret to their successful communication program that has ‘re-energized’ town departments and improved how things are getting done. ‘The Bristol Approach to Excellence,’ is the new program devised to keep department heads and citizens more updated on the progress of current town projects.

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Public Leadership the Profession We All Depend On

Public Leadership: The Profession We All Depend On

Essential Practices to See You Through

On a day-to-day basis, public leaders are skilled at providing services to other public organizations and to the residents they serve. Most importantly, they understand their jobs, not in terms of titles or position descriptions, but in terms of “who depends on me.” Public leaders are also adept at getting others to understand who depends on them and for what. They work with numerous stakeholder groups to continuously innovate in the delivery of public services and meet challenges. Also essential for any leader is the ability to engender trust—particularly public leaders. How they meet commitments and follow through even when things are difficult or uncomfortable is paramount to their ability to lead.

Read more about practices that are essential to public leadership on page 32 of the May 2016 issue of Public Management magazine.

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Newport Cuts Red Tape, Saves Hours

Read the article, Newport cuts red tape, saves hours, by Sean Flynn at the Newport Daily News.


Rhode Island City Institutes Cutting-Edge Program to Improve Efficiencies for Community at Large
Newport Re-Invents Systems to Save Staff Hour Costs and Improve Citizen Services

Newport town officials today projected a yearly savings of over $44,000 in staff hours to the city after completing the first phase of re-engineering an outdated citywide special events licensing application process. The change to the special events permits procedure is the direct result of Newport officials taking part in the program, ‘Leadership Matters RI,’ a joint initiative between the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI and the Public Sector Consortium, a national nonprofit dedicated to reinventing the practice of public leadership through learning and practice.

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Can Private Sector Leaders Be Great Public Sector Leaders, And Is the Opposite True?

OriginalPress Release was a follow up to our First Friday Community of Practice session in March, titled:

Can Private Sector Leaders Be Great Public Sector Leaders, And Is the Opposite True?
How Different is the Work and Can Private Sector Leaders Learn How to Become More Effective from Public Sector Leaders?

For years, politicians have been telling us the federal government needs to operate more like a business, but can a private sector leader truly be a great public sector leader? Is the reverse true? Successful leadership in business or government requires a mastery of communication and negotiation skills, and an ability to engender trust and credibility. But routinely ignored are the different responsibilities and skills required.

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Bloomberg Business Report

Public leaders in the US are typically rewarded for cleaning up after a crisis, but not for preventing problems that would have avoided the mess in the first place.

“In the aftermath of the BP spill, the public praised government leaders who led the cleanup, found new jobs for out-of-work Gulf shrimpers and determined BP’s culpability for the loss of 11 lives and untold environmental damage. Unfortunately, public leaders, who anticipate problems and work to protect the resources we own in common, typically go unrewarded – or they are criticized as obstructionists,” says Georgianna Bishop, president and founder of the Public Sector Consortium (PSC).

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