Planners as Managers; Planner Managers as Mentors

If management is not an art form, it certainly requires skill. Maybe even talent. And, it certainly benefits from insight, discussion, and practice.

In Phoenix at the National Planning Conference, you’ll have an opportunity to share your experience with colleagues and put some of your pressing concerns before a friendly group of peers.

As planners move into management, whether in the public, private, or nonprofit sector, they find a whole new set of challenges that require new or refined skills. Your concern may be productivity or creating a humane work environment. Perhaps you are facing the need for more technologically knowledgeable staff?  Do you find yourself asking “What does it mean to lead?”

Join the Unconference on Planning Management on Sunday morning following the Opening Keynote.

Located in the Planning Expo, this lively event has no set agenda. Half the tables will have suggested topics; half will allow attendees to select their own. Attendees can move from table to table. This is peer-to-peer sharing and learning at its most direct.

If you would like to lead a table, contact ctorma@planning.org to sign up. Otherwise, just come, ask questions, and share.

You may be looking for more education on management. If so, here are some additional sessions, discussions, and Deep Dives to consider.

Planning Leadership Institute
CM | 8
Saturday, April 2, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Planning Management Institute
CM | 8
Saturday, April 2, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Changing Nature of Local Government
CM | 1.25
Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:45 a.m. – noon

City Manager versus City Planner Skillsets Discussion
Monday, April 4, 2016
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
In the Career Zone

About the Author

Carolyn Torma is APA's Director of Education and Citizen Engagement.


March 11, 2016

By Carolyn Torma