Training for Public Leaders

Management Education Group, Inc. offers a variety of customized workshops for public-sector executives and managers. To schedule a workshop, or to discuss a custom designed workshop, call or email us at 480.705.9394 or

Painless Performance Management: A Practical Approach to Managing Day-to-Day Employee Performance

One of the most essential skills a manager or supervisor must use every day is related to the management of employee performance. Helping employees be successful and guiding those employees who may not be performing as expected is critical to organizational success. This program, based on Marnie E. Green’s book, Painless Performance Evaluations: A Practical Approach to Managing Day-to-Day Employee Performance, offers the essential skills for managing day-to-day performance including how to establish and communicate clear expectations and how to initiate performance-related discussions. And, since performance management usually culminates in a regularly scheduled performance evaluation, tools for maintaining performance documentation, for rating performance, and for conducting performance evaluation discussions are offered in this practical, hands-on program.

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Painless Performance Management

Painless Performance Conversations: A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions

Conversations about work performance lead to better business results. This powerful session provides you with the tools you need to confidently initiate and lead your most difficult employee discussions. Based on the book, Painless Performance Conversations: A Practical Approach to Critical Day-to-Day Workplace Discussions, by Marnie E. Green, this interactive and engaging workshop will teach you to:

  • Eliminate the pain and fear that leads to procrastination of tough workplace conversations
  • Reduce the harmful impacts of judgment in performance conversations
  • Create a culture of ownership and accountability in the workplace

Presenting four critical mind-sets and an easy to use conversation model, Painless Performance Conversations offer the tangible solutions you need to tackle your most critical workplace discussions with confidence.

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Painless Performance Conversations

Develop Your Organizational Talent: Lead the Workforce of the Future

This course emphasizes the importance of making employee development a regular part of a manager’s job, and presents practical tips for how to accomplish this task. The focus is on preparing the current workforce to be more productive and flexible to meet future demands. Organizational leaders are the critical link to retain and develop the organization’s staff of the future. However, often they are immersed in the daily activities of the work unit in a reactionary mode. Focusing on the “crisis of the day” causes leaders to ignore the critical task of preparing the workforce for the future. Managers and supervisors often neglect one of their most vital roles: that of coach and mentor to their employees.

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Develop Your Organizational Talent

A Hands-on Academy: The Art and Practice of Public Leadership

The Management Education Group’s Art and Practice of Public Leadership workshop provides a solution for public organizations to aggressively address the challenge of developing and retaining leaders. A revolution is taking place in how public leaders are cultivated and managed. Organizations can no longer expect that when they face a leadership void, a pool of qualified and motivated candidates will miraculously appear. The concept of “growing your own” in terms of leadership is permeating organizations of all types. While many organizations have recognized this need, few have sustained a successful method for developing and retaining leaders.

The Art and Practice of Public Leadership is more than a training program. To successfully implement the effort, the organization’s top leaders must be committed to the design and delivery of the curriculum. Our experienced consultants work with your organization’s top executives to design a curriculum that includes organization-specific examples and case studies. Once the agenda is agreed upon, a comprehensive candidate selection process is designed so that it supports the organization’s succession planning efforts.

The delivery of the Art and Practice of Public Leadership can be tailored to the organization’s needs. Some organizations implement the program by offering workshops weekly and others choose to hold workshops monthly. However the schedule is arranged, the content of the program focuses on practical, thought-provoking, and challenging concepts that apply to the real life experience of a public leader. Typically, the Art and Practice of Public Leadership content includes a multi-rater feedback process, individual development planning, action learning through an organization-specific project, and a variety of subjects including risk taking, collaboration, and political savvy.

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The Art and Practice of Public Leadership

What They’re Saying

“Thank you very much for all you did for us!  You are such an amazing Leader.  Your skills, knowledge, approach, and spirit are infectious.  I received so many compliments about the day and how lucky we were to have you lead us. We are certainly a better Team as a result of your work.” – Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, City of Surprise

“Over the years, Marnie Green has provided comprehensive performance management training to the managers within our organization. Her training has resulted in our leaders improving their ability to create effective, and legal, performance reviews.” – Christina Taylor, Assistant Director of HR, Midwestern University

“Marnie designed and facilitated our Yavapai College Executive Leadership Institute — a professional development program created to prepare those one step below executive leadership at the college for the leadership challenges ahead. The program was a phenomenal success from the perspective of the Executive Leadership Team of the college as well as from the perspective of the participants. Ms. Green has done single-day programs for the college in the past and it was on the strength of those that we turned to her for the development of a year-long development series for the rising stars at Yavapai College. I would highly recommend Ms. Green to any organization looking for a facilitator skilled at creating exceptional development programs.” – Stuart Blacklaw, Provost and Vice President of Instruction and Student Development at Yavapai College

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