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ORPA's Administration Section provides education, training, and networking for parks and recreation professionals who focus on agency administration and management.

Areas of focus for the Administration Section and its affiliate members include agency management, resources development, personnel management, communication and public relations, operational planning, regulations, and trends. Section participants typically include agency senior leaders and mid-level managers.

The 2017 Administration Section is led by section president Larry Fetter of the City of Hermiston Parks & Recreation. 

The 2017 Admin Directors' Retreat was held May 11-12, in Bend and sponsored by Cameron McCarthy.

Contact Larry Fetter to learn more about the section and its activities.

 


 

Admin Directors Retreat:

This workshop was specifically designed for Admin Section members who are agency directors or lead staff for their respective organizations. The workshop featured a facilitated exercise titled "Masterful Parks & Recreation - Your Department Unleashed." The presenter was Sara Singer, Vice-President of JRO & Co. Here a link to Sara's bio: http://www.jroandco.com/the-jro-team.html .

Session description:

"It’s easier than you think.  Find your department’s hidden talent, motivation and drive and watch what happens.  Quickly assess your team, adjust your game plan and get out of the way.  This session will explore the barriers that limit team performance and identify key motivators in the public sector and how we can leverage intrinsic rewards in serving our communities.  This workshop is exciting and loaded with take-away skills.  Capture all the hidden talent in your team with Sara’s “graphic facilitation” – the fusion of large scale note-taking with meeting management.  Bring your up and coming star staff."

  RESOURCES

For those who attended the Admin Directors' Retreat, many requested the resources from this presentation.  Please feel free to review these resources, download, and distribute.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Facilitator Contact Info:

Sara Singer, Vice President

Email: Sara@jroandco.com; Phone: 503.305.5067

PowerPoint Presentation for Admin Directors' Retreat

  Videos

The Candle Problem

The Candle Problem

Run Time: 4:35

This video was inspired by Daniel Pink's book Drive. We explore the candle problem and uncover the implications it has on the way organizations motivate their employees to tackle complex and creative tasks. Enjoy!

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action 

Run Time: 18:35

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers -- and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.


Daniel Pink's Drive Book Summary

Run Time: 10:48

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. 


Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Run Time: 18:37

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

 

Daniel Goleman: Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

Run Time: 13:09

Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence," asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

   
  Books

 

 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

by Daniel H. Pink

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

 

 

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders 

by L. David Marquet

Since Turn the Ship Around! was published in 2013, hundreds of thousands of readers have been inspired by former Navy captain David Marquet’s true story. Many have applied his insights to their own organizations, creating workplaces where everyone takes responsibility for his or her actions, where followers grow to become leaders, and where happier teams drive dramatically better results.

Whether you need a major change of course or just a tweak of the rudder, you can apply Marquet’s methods to turn your own ship around.


Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organizational Change

by David Sibbet

Visual Leaders explores how leaders can support visioning and strategy formation, planning and management, and organizationchange through the application of visual meeting and visual team methodologies organization wide—literally "trans-forming" communications and people's sense of what is possible. It describes seven essential tools for visual leaders—mental models, visual meetings, graphic templates, decision theaters, roadmaps, Storymaps, and virtual visuals—and examples of methods for implementation throughout an organization.

  • Written for all levels of leadership in organizations, from department heads through directors, heads of strategic business units, and "C" level executives
  • Explores how communications has become interactive and graphic and how these tools can be used to shape direction and align people for implementation
  • Brings tools, methods and frameworks to life with stories of real organizations modeling these practices

Visual Leaders answers the question of how design thinking and visual literacy can help to orient leaders to the complexity of contemporary organizations in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.

 

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

by Jim Collins

The Challenge 
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning.

But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

The Study 
For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

The Standards 
Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.

The Comparisons 
The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good?

Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't.

The Findings
The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. 


Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great  

Jim Collins Answers the Social Sector with a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. 30-50% of those who bought Good to Great work in the Social Sector.

  • This monograph is a response to questions raised by readers in the social sector. It is not a new book.
  • Jim Collins wants to avoid any confusion about the monograph being a book by limiting its distribution to online retailers.
  • Based on interviews and workshops with over 100 social sector leaders.
  • The difference between successful organizations is not between the business and the social sector, the difference is between good organizations and great ones.
  Articles 
Harvard Business Review: Make your Good Team Great
High-Performance Teams: Understanding Team Cohesiveness
  Podcasts

Team Emotional Intelligence: Cracking the Code on High Performing Teams with Dr. Steven Wolff & Dr. Vanessa Druskat (episode #059)

The Organizational Champion Webcast: The secret to Building High Performing Teams: A Podcast with Donnie Smith of Tyson


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