Managers within a local government or organization make numerous decisions daily, ranging from small to significant matters. While some leaders focus on day-to-day operational issues, strategic leaders take a broader perspective, concentrating on the organization’s long-term vision and optimizing talent utilization to achieve it. The Strategic Plan acts as a roadmap, harmonizing available resources with ambitious aspirations, and facilitating a connection between local government managers and the community’s needs. Constructing initiatives based on the priorities of residents and stakeholders is a crucial aspect of this process, although it may present challenges in obtaining practical feedback from the team and gaining acceptance from council members or community leaders. Nonetheless, this inclusive approach is vital for building a comprehensive and successful strategic plan that steers the organization towards its future goals.

Strategic Leadership is the human side of business, and such leaders possess a deep sense of enthusiasm and dedication for their goals. They are guided by a strong sense of purpose, understanding the significance of their mission. Strategic leaders also demonstrate unwavering conviction in their vision, even in the face of challenges and uncertainties. Their steadfast belief in the path they have set motivates and inspires others to follow suit, creating a shared sense of purpose and direction throughout the organization.

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It’s important to note that obtaining acceptance and support for the strategic plan can indeed be challenging. Different stakeholders may have varying interests and priorities, and finding a balance that satisfies everyone can be a complex task. Effective communication and a transparent decision-making process are essential during this phase to ensure that all concerns are addressed and that the plan is well-received by those who will play a role in its implementation.

In essence, creating and executing a strategic plan is a dynamic process that requires a combination of visionary thinking, practical feedback, and collaborative effort to drive an organization towards its long-term goals and aspirations.

In this discussion, you will have the opportunity to learn from a seasoned professional who has practical experience in managing a county and driving strategic initiatives. You do not want to miss this chance to learn from an experienced County Manager and equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to excel as a strategic leader in your organization. Join us for an inspiring and informative discussion that will empower you to create a roadmap towards high performance and exceptional public service.

The Florida LTAP Center is pleased to partner with the American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter to bring you this webinar.


◾ John A. Titkanich, Jr., ICMA-CM, AICP, County Administrator, Indian River County
◾ Addie Javed, APWA FL Leadership & Management Committee Chair and Vice President, Epic Engineering and Consulting Group


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Strategic Leadership and Planning – County Manager Perspective