The premise of this report is that it is possible for an alert manager to prevent or reduce the potential for workplace violence, to the benefit of the agency, the employees, and the public. The report explains the warning signals the manager must catch and the steps to take before violence erupts. (15 pp.)

This report describes the steps for an effective recruitment and selection process. It includes resources available to help local government entities in their search for qualified candidates and suggests ways to stimulate potential candidates’ interest in the position while providing for interim management. It also reviews the various steps in a successful recruitment process, including communications with candidates, interviews, and the use of assessment centers, as well as the issues involved in finalizing arrangements, such as compensation package negotiations. (20 pp.)

This report offers a definition of learning, and a discussion of the nature of adult learning. To build an
environment for continuous learning, nine leadership strategies are presented. (15 pp.)

On September 11, 2001, local government managers and community leaders felt the terrorist threat to the
United States, watched the responses of New York City and the Washington, D.C. area, and wondered about how
their own communities would respond. This report explores what communities can do to prevent, prepare for,
respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. The central lesson is that dealing with terrorism requires using both traditional and nontraditional methods of dealing with disasters. (20 pp.)

This report addresses technical aspects of design review in historic areas as well as outside historic areas. It covers legal precedents, conservation districts that preserve the character of existing neighborhoods, and innovative design standards for big-box retailers and corporate franchises. Guidelines for drafting and implementing design review regulations are provided. (19 pp.)

This report describes today’s ITS department at the center of local government—interacting with all departments in a collaborative way. Also provides tips for recruiting and retaining in-demand IT professionals.  (19 pp.)

This report discusses the steps to success to help managers plan a productive retreat. Examples provided by managers and facilitators illustrate retreat management techniques as well as outcomes.  (31 pp.)

Use the links below to navigate directly to the video of your choice. Then click on the image to watch the full interview; also viewable on iPhone or iPad. You can control the volume, toggle HD on or off, or expand to a full screen view using the expanding arrows button at the bottom right of the video frame. 

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 Bruce Katz on The Metropolitan Revolution

Bruce Katz discusses his book co-authored with Jennifer Bradley, The Metropolitan Revolution, which focuses on the rise of cities and city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers. Katz is the Co-Founder (with Jeremy Nowak) of New Localism Advisors. The mission of the firm is to help cities design, finance and deliver transformative initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth.

Pat Lencioni on The Advantage

Pat Lencioni discusses his book, The Advantage. Pat is the author of Death By Meeting, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and many other leading business titles. Pat was a keynote speaker at the 2016 ICMA Annual Conference in Seattle. In the interview, they discuss healthy vs. smart organizations, good conflict, team dynamics, values, and other attributes organizations can harness to make better decisions and harness their unique competitive advantage: their people and corporate culture.


Daniel Pink on To Sell Is Human

Daniel Pink discusses his latest work, To Sell Is Human, and delves into data that helps explain that, at some level, everyone in the modern economy is responsible for moving others to action (a form of sales). In the conversation, Dan and Bob discuss the pitch, the new ABCs (attunement, buoyancy, and clarity), the benefits of improvisation, and how simply making things easier can change how people respond.


The Next Big Thing: Local Government's Next Century

Look into the future of local government with former ICMA Executive Director Bob O’Neill and a panel of local government experts that includes representatives from the Alliance for Innovation (AFI). This live, 90-minute Leading Ideas Series webcast was developed with students, interns, management fellows, and early-career professionals in mind. Presenters will focus on the future drivers of local government and their impact on our communities’ future leaders. 

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Jim Collins on Great by Choice

Jim Collins discusses his latest work, Great by Choice, and navigates us through his nine-year research project to determine the characteristics of organizations and leaders that thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others that do not. In the conversation, Jim and Bob discuss the characteristics of Level 5 Leaders in the uncertainty era, the value proposition of professional management, and leaving a legacy.


Rebecca Ryan on ReGENERATION

Rebecca Ryan discusses her upcoming book, ReGENERATION, and how managers can engage and learn from upcoming generations, and how to strengthen inter-generational cooperation to build better communities. In the conversation, Bob and Rebecca discuss traits of successful communities, how to engage entrepreneurs, the power of a sense of place, qualify of life and how to measure it, what generations want, and generational economic cycles. Ryan was a keynote speaker at ICMA's Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2011.

Bill George on True North

Bill George discusses his books, True North, and True North Groups, and how managers can discover or reinforce their core beliefs and organizational values. In the discussion they cover how leaders can lose their way - and find their way back; fear of failure; a career-defining crucible; and maintaining meaning in your life and career, especially in a tough profession like professional management. George was a keynote speaker at ICMA's Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2011.


Tim Brown on Change by Design


IDEO CEO and author Tim Brown discusses his recent book, Change By Design, and how a certain mindset, team structure and methodology can create a culture of innovation in organizations. Brown is joined by Jim Keene, then City Manager of Palo Alto, who worked with IDEO to create a culture of innovation in the city by using the “design thinking” methodology. They discuss creating a culture of observation and creating change by anticipating failure. Brown was a keynote speaker at ICMA's Annual Conference in San Jose, California in 2010.

Frans Johansson on The Medici Effect


Author Frans Johansson discusses the origin of his book, The Medici Effect, and what local governments can do in times of tight budgets, including encouraging risk, leveraging diversity, and intersecting ideas to break new ground and encourage innovation.  In the interview, Johansson stresses that innovation is a constant: someone is taking the risks necessary to make new innovations happen all the time. Why can't that innovator can be you? Johansson was a keynote speaker at ICMA's Annual Conference in Richmond/Henrico County in 2008.

Peter Block on Community: The Structure of Belonging


Author Peter Block discusses his book, Community: the Structure of Belonging, and the obstacles to effective community building and his innovative approaches to overcoming them. He talks about the need for building community, how parties come to the table focused on their individual interests leading to further community fragmentation, creating conversation within communities, understanding how actions by government can create a sense of entitlement, and more.

Daniel Pink on A Whole New Mind


Author Daniel Pink discusses his book, A Whole New Mind. They discuss Dan’s ideas, based on analyzing research, that those that succeed in the future will utilize a different kind of mind than what led to success in the past century: artists, inventors, storytellers, using creative and holistic “right-brain” thinking will be the forces for success and change in the 21st century.

Jim Collins on Good to Great 

Author Jim Collins discusses how communities can move from Good to Great. Why local government can't operate like a business, the impact of the 'Level 5 Leader' on moving an organization to greatness, the Flywheel Concept, resource engines for communities, and more. Collins was a keynote speaker at the ICMA Annual Conference in San Antonio/Bexar County in 2006.


The Leading Ideas Series was made possible with support from ICMA-RC.

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LGR: Local Government Review is a special section of Public Management (PM) magazine that puts key research findings and expert insights about current local government issues and trends into the hands of local government professionals. 

This publication will benefit any local government professional but will also prove to be a resource for students, mentors, and those interested in preparing themselves for next steps in their career. 

Topics in issues of LGR include: 

  • Leading Resilient Communities in a Changing Environment
  • Sustainability and Local Governments 
  • Tackling the Housing Affordability Crisis 
  • Innovation Loves a Good Challenge
  • Food for Thought - How and Why Local Governments Support Local Food Systems
  • Supreme Court Review for Local Governments 
  • Why Local Governments Are Talking About Millennials 
  • Citizen Engagement Tools, Goals, and Successes
  • Re-Structured for Economic Success
  • Local Government Cybersecurity in the U.S.: Survey Tells a Cautionary Tale
  • Pursuing Innovation in Local Government
  • Powerful Storytelling: Leadership Narratives from UK Local Government Chief Executives

LGR is created on a bi-annual basis and available in both print and digital editions. These editions are available to all ICMA members and subscribers of PM and PM Online. LGR is also available to ICMA members at no cost as a benefit to membership through premium content. Access here:

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As new research findings and analyses become available, ICMA will publish future editions of LGR: Local Government Review.

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ICMA Student Chapters introduce and integrate students into the local government management profession and familiarize them with members, resources, and the ICMA Code of Ethics. As a part of ICMA's Next Generation Initiatives, chapters exist to establish connections between ICMA, schools, students, state associations, and managers. There are currently about 100 ICMA Student Chapters worldwide. See the student chapter roster for contact information for each chapter, if available.

Program and Content

Content and program activities are a partnership between ICMA and the colleges/universities. ICMA strives to create program content that engages and excites current MPA/MPP students about the profession of city/county management. Through our student chapters, we also hope to attract undergraduate students who are interested in public service, but may not be aware of career possibilities in local government. 

Chapters develop their own content and charter, hold regular meetings, engage guest presenters, and engage with other chapters. Students also use the chapters as a way to take advantage of joint research/presentation opportunities and attend the ICMA Annual Conference.


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