CSAC Institute Courses
(Additional Reqistration Required)
New Supervisors Institute
Monday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 18
First of Three Sessions
This extensive seminar, designed specifically for supervisors-elect, provides them with background foundation on the myriad of county policy issues, the basics of county government, and the role of county supervisor. It offers a unique opportunity for new county supervisors to meet their colleagues and learn important information and protocols to help them better understand the requirements and environment of their new office. CAO/CEOs report that they value their new supervisors’ participation in the Institute as it provides a foundation on the role and responsibilities of supervisors and frees the CAO/CEOs to focus on county-specific details and issues.
Art and Practice of Elected Leadership
1:30 — 5 pm, Thursday, Nov. 20
Leadership is a term you hear a lot, but as an elected official,how do you practice it? This course addresses the realities of leading in a turbulent political and economic environment. This timely course draws on the insights of Jim Collins’ most recent book, Great by Choice, as well as a three-year research project on leadership and fiscal sustainability conducted by instructor Rich Callahan. The class is designed to initially invite discussion by the elected officials on the leadership challenges they have or are encountering. The course then specifically responds to those items, applying the research and empirical findings across a range of recent public sector and business sector leadership research.
Instructor: Dr. Richard Callahan is associate professor of management at the University of San Francisco. He brings practical experience researching and working with elected officials in leadership practices.
Thinking Strategically in Trying Times
8:30 am — 12:00 pm, Friday, Nov. 21
This intense seminar discusses the challenges of strategic agility with the critical, enduring problems counties face. The focus is on the art of possibilities. Participants examine separating probabilities (what’s likely to happen) from possibilities (what could happen) and applying concepts of creative and strategic thinking to find different paths to solutions. The conversation provides strategies to question assumptions; identify the environmental issues; distinguish strategies from tactics; use team resources, and structure learning from experience.
Dr. Rich Callahan is associate professor of management at the University of San Francisco. He brings practical experience working with elected officials in leadership practices.