The Role of Canadian City Managers: In Their Own Words
Published: July 2023© 2023
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 384 Pages
Illustrations: 10 b&w figures, 1 b&w table
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
384 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 10 b&w figures, 1 b&w table
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ISBN: 9781487557430Add to Wishlist
Local government has rapidly become both more important and more complex and the quality of municipal management is becoming more significant every day as local governments deal with a vast array of organizational and community challenges.
The Role of Canadian City Managers brings together experienced city managers and municipal chief administrative officers (CAOs) across Canada to analyse the daily issues that they face. Each chapter deals with a particular issue or challenge, such as council/staff relations, collaborative initiatives, and crisis readiness. The book contributes to the literature on local government and public administration by providing insights from the "real time" lived experiences of city managers, spoken in their own words. The book also speculates about the contemporary leadership role of the city manager and the future of the city management profession.
The Role of Canadian City Managers is a useful resource for scholars and students of local government and public administration, as well as public servants who work with or aspire to leadership roles within local government.
1. The City Management Profession: More than a Job
2. Aspirational Incrementalism: Developing a Vision
Bruce Macgregor and David Szwarc
3. Building Support for Strategic Planning and Priorities
4. Using Your First 100 Days Strategically
Patrick Moyle and Hassaan Basit
5. The Challenge of Leading Up: Strategic Alignment with Council
Jeff Fielding and Kate Graham
6. Council/Staff Relations: Forward Motion or Spinning Wheels?
7. The Most Important Relationship in Local Government: Mayor and City Manager
8. City Manager and Mayor: Independent or Partners?
9. What Does Diversity-Inclusion Look Like in Action?
10. Diversity from Bottom to Top: The City Manager and Workforce Diversity
11. Indigenous and Municipal Relationships: The Art of Collaboration
12. The Gift of Clarity and the Freedom to Innovate
13. Rowers, Coasters, and Drillers: How Team-Building Can Improve Your Crew
14. Five Strategies for Successful Municipal Intergovernmental Relations
John E. Fleming
15. Leading Beyond: Building Relationships for Intergovernmental Collaboration
Gail Stephens and Zack Taylor
16. Resilience in a Crisis: Towards an “Antifragile” Organization – The Case of Gatineau
Marie-Hélène Lajoie and Pierre Prévost
17. Managing during a Crisis: Lessons from Fort McMurray
Jamie Doyle and Don Lidstone
18. Building Partnerships: Hard Work, Patience, Commitment, Adaptation, and Opportunities
19. Nurturing the Community’s Soul Source
20. Community Development: Navigating the Rocky Shoals of Community Change
21. From Dreams of Being a Rock-and-Roll Drummer to City Manager
22. A City Manager’s Career Journey
23. Mentoring: Building the Next Generation of Municipal Professionals
Tony Haddad, Gerard Lewis, and Jim Pine
24. The Canadian City Manager
Michael Fenn, Gordon McIntosh, and David Siegel
List of Contributors