APWA FloridaStrategic leadership is the ability to influence others to voluntarily make decisions that enhance the prospects for the organization’s long-term success while maintaining short-term financial stability. Different leadership approaches impact the vision and direction of growth and the potential success of an organization. To successfully deal with change, all executives need the skills and tools for strategy formulation and implementation. Managing change and ambiguity requires strategic leaders who can provide a sense of direction and build ownership and alignment within their workgroups to implement change.

Broadening and strengthening the team at the senior levels of the organization begins with an objective assessment of whether there is a working strategy currently in place and, if there is, the state of understanding and ownership for it in the organization.

The lack of clarity and ownership deeper in the organization leads to 1) misallocated resources because people are working at cross purposes; 2) excessive leadership time spent correcting and clarifying the direction because others are not convinced, or they fail to understand it; and 3) poor execution of the strategy due to diffuse and differing priorities. Perhaps most importantly, it directly impacts organizational agility because there is no broad understanding and agreement on the current strategy, so subsequent changes to strategy make no more sense than the original agenda.

Young creative business people meeting at office.Come and join us to hear from our panelists on how to use strategic leadership to cultivate strategy, culture, change, and values that moves any organization forward. Effective strategy processes move the “we/they” line down in the organization so that more people use the word “we” and take ownership of making things happen and making things better. Good strategic leadership practices – with the right balance of the analytic dimension and the human dimension and the discipline and commitment to see the process through during strategy formulation and implementation – can be a strong driver to take the “we/they” line much deeper into the organization. A deep “we” line produces winning strategies because those in the “we” are much more willing and able to meet the demands of perpetual change.

This webinar is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the webinar. Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDHs) will be provided to those that request these during registration.

Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and Florida local agencies are being given priority!

Panelist Bios:

Sandy Benz, Leadership and Team Coach, Benz Team Solutions, Florida: As a leadership/team coach and facilitator, Sandy Benz partners with organizations as they transform work environments that inspire the best in people. Areas of focus include the “people side of change”, collaborative/adaptive thinking, emotional intelligence, communication, and conflict resolution. Sandy has worked with public and private employers, including 22 years at Sarasota County Government in leadership and team development, enterprise-wide employee engagement, and change/transition management roles.  During that time, she co-designed the County’s Academy of Leadership Excellence (ALE) that has continued for over 15 years and created a 360° leadership competency assessment based on organizational values. Additionally, she was awarded Case Study for Transforming Local Government (TLG) and co-presented her case study at a TLG Annual Conference. With a Master’s in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s in Business Management, Sandy is an ICF and Board-Certified Executive Coach (ACC & BCC), and a Certified Practitioner with ProSci® Change Management, Genos® Emotional Intelligence, Everything DiSC® Situational Mindsets® and Working Genius®. She works with senior leaders, mid-level managers, newly promoted managers, and intact leadership teams design and facilitate customized webinars, workshops and retreats; coach executives, senior leaders, managers and intact leadership teams; and administer assessments to help clients identify coaching goals and progress. Sandy lives in Sarasota, Florida and meets with clients throughout the U.S. via online webinars and coaching sessions. She is also willing to travel for in-person retreats and workshops.

Jonathan Gano is the Director of Public Works for the City of Des Moines, a position he’s held since early 2015. He is responsible for the city’s wastewater utility, stormwater utility, flood control, street maintenance, snow removal, tree care, and residential trash and recycling.


Dr. Keith A. Clinkscale is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Performance Management for Palm Beach County and supervises all activities related to the long-term strategic plan of Palm Beach County as well as the strategic planning of over 30 county departments. Keith is responsible for assisting the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), Executive Team, Department Directors, and staff with the development of long-term goals, objectives, strategies, and actions. Keith is the creator of the award-winning Strategic Cross Department Teams at Palm Beach County. He is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc. and is a founder of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Professionals. Dr. Keith A. Clinkscale is a recognized Lean Six Sigma Black Belt & Operational Excellence Executive known for establishing best-in-class strategic performance management programs. He demonstrates a combination of broad industry experiences, performance management acumen and a history of results-oriented management consulting to drive significant improvement and cost savings. As a seasoned Industry Executive and Management Consultant, Keith built a reputation of excellence in all areas of operations. His skillset includes over 30 years of Executive Coaching, Training and Content Design, Process Improvement, Benchmarking, Total Quality Management, Balanced Scorecards, Business Process Re-engineering, Strategic Planning, and High Performance Teams. Keith started as a young engineer in Boston, eventually joined PRTM Consulting (now PWC) and later PA Consulting. Keith’s experience and sensitivity to customer concerns has always enabled him to provide a high level of service, whether in industry or as a consultant. Keith has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a PH.D in Strategic Leadership from Concordia College & University. He is an Executive MBA Candidate at Quantic Business Technology.

Moderator Bio:

Addie Javed, APWA FL Leadership & Management Committee Chair and Development Manager, Mott MacDonald: Addie Javed is a former Municipal (City/County) Engineer and Public Works Director, nationally recognized by the Engineering News Record (ENR), National Civil Engineering News Magazine and Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA). He has more than 27 years of technical, administration, management and supervisory experience leading diverse teams and managing multiple Capital Improvement projects and programs. Mr. Javed has strong background in Public Works, Environmental Management, Utilities, Infrastructure, Asset Management, Sustainability, Solid Waste and Sanitation, Strategic Planning and Performance Measures, Emergency Response and Operations, Operations and Maintenance, Community development and Legislative policy making. At Mott MacDonald, as the Client Success Manager he is the Account Executive and has oversight of the Florida based projects, and as a Public Works and Administration subject matter expert supports project teams nationwide.

Strategic Leadership - Strategy, Culture, Change and Values Roundtable

DATE: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
TIME: 12:30 to 2:00 PM (ET)