Five Levels of Leadership

Five Levels of Leadership

Have you ever tried to define leadership? Have you ever wondered how leadership works?  Most people find it difficult to describe leadership but they know it when they see it.  Simply, leadership is having influence and if you can increase your influence, you can lead more effectively.  Leadership is not just obtaining a position but it is about who you are.  There are poor leaders who have obtained good positions and some great leaders have no title at all. We will discuss the five levels of leadership and help you determine your leadership style.  We will discuss the difference between leadership and management.  My belief is any organization will rise or fall due to leadership.  This session should help you better understand the way you are being lead or the way you should be leading.

 

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Keynote Speaker – Charles P Leitch – Not Getting Along Can Get Us Sued??

Wednesday, August 23rd
1:10pm – 2:50pm

The legal concept of harassment and bullying is in a state of flux in the workplace, especially where public entities are concerned.  This has increased exposure for our entities and, of course, has gotten many lawyers excited.   More and more there is an expectation that we all not only get along but are nice to each other, even in boss-worker context.  Brick and mortar office environments have also given way to remote access and 24-hour communications that can represent an exposure point let alone a political minefield.  This keynote will review our evolving concepts of harassment (and bullying), their interrelation with the workplace, and ways to mitigate legal exposures (and just plain stress that conflict or accusations of conflict can cause).

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Property Conservation & Coverage

Friday, August 25th
9:40am – 10:30am

Property losses can have a significant impact on local governments.  Often we focus our risk management efforts solely on reducing injuries or liability concerns.  Property conservation is an equally important component of your risk management program and in many respects, goes hand in hand with your liability and safety programs.  In this session, we will cover the importance of a successful property conservation program as well as several real-world examples of successful property loss mitigation.  We will also spend time covering some of the nuances of property coverage and items you should be aware of to ensure that your entity is properly covered.

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Use of Prisoners on Municipal Work Projects

Wednesday, August 23rd
3:10pm – 4:00pm

Many municipalities use trustees and probationers for municipal work projects.  Understanding and managing the liability that trustees and probationers can bring to your entity is key for any entity that intends to use them.  Are you aware of the state statutes that govern these types of projects?  Do these statutes differ if the prisoner is a state or county prisoner?  Do you need to have an interlocal agreement in place with the facility that houses the inmates?  What happens if someone gets hurt?  What are the best practices that can be in place to reduce the municipality’s liability while still utilizing this valuable service?  This session will work to address these important questions.

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10 Steps to Preparedness: Pre-Disaster Planning as a Risk Management Technique

Wednesday, August 23rd
4:10pm – 5:00pm

Often local governments think in terms of fire and police when it comes to emergency preparedness.  Preparing for a disaster is more than just fire and police, ensuring that your administration and staff know the plans you have in place is critical.  This session will overview 10 key steps to preparedness and give members resources that they can use to fully develop their emergency response plan.

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Social Media: Open Records and First Amendment Right Concerns

Wednesday, August 23rd
4:10pm – 5:00pm

Social Media continues to present a liability challenge for local governments.  Often the emphasis is placed on dealing with social media and employment practices liability.  This session will focus on the consideration for social media and open records and the challenges of censoring or deleting posts on social media for local governments.

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Keynote Speaker – Jessie Sullivan – A Workers Compensation Success Story

Thursday, August 24th
8:30am – 9:20am

Jessie Sullivan is just like any other city or town employee.  Working for Dayton Utilities as an electric lineman, Jessie understood the dangers of working with electricity.  In 2001, Jessie had a catastrophic injury resulting in the loss of both of his arms.  His injuries were perhaps the first catastrophic worker’s compensation claim that The Pool had experienced.  Jessie is a testament to perseverance.  He will share his experience in the worker’s compensation system and with The Pool’s adjusters.

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Contractual Risk Transfer for Local Governments

Thursday, August 24th
9:40am – 10:30am

Many local governments contract for many services and projects.  It is imperative to carefully review contracts and avoid a one size fits all approach.  This session will discuss indemnification / hold harmless clauses, insurance requirements, as well as general risk management techniques that should be included when evaluating and negotiating a contract.

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Media Training as a Risk Management Technique

Thursday, August 24th
10:40am – 11:30am

Understanding why and how an organization should engage the media is a key component to helping the public understand a local governments response to an emergency or natural disaster.  This session will give an overview of:

  • Why and how an organization should engage the media
  • How do the media think
  • Key differences between print, TV, radio
  • Types of interviews
  • Interview checklist
  • How to gain control of your message
  • Interview techniques
  • What to do when the media call
  • Crisis communications – when/how you should communicate, ID spokesperson

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Law Enforcement Liability & Professionalism: A Chief’s Perspective

Thursday, August 24th
10:40am – 11:30am

Law enforcement risk continues to be a loss leader for Pool members as well as cities and towns across the country. This session will give an overview of some of the key issues with law enforcement liability and officer safety in the current critical environment from the perspective of two Chiefs of Police.  In addition to discussing high-risk critical tasks, the importance of leadership development and standards/accreditation will be examined as well.

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Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act Overview

Thursday, August 24th
12:30pm – 1:20pm

The Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act  (TGTLA) governs a large portion of liability claims for governmental entities in Tennessee.  This session will review the history and components of this important statute and what it means for governmental entities in Tennessee.  This session will also overview areas that fall outside of the TGTLA, challenges in public perception and how catastrophic injury claims are handled.

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The ABCs of School Risk Management

Thursday, August 24th
12:30pm – 1:20pm

Schools systems can present a unique set of risk management challenges.  This session will highlight some of the numerous challenges unique to school systems, including: inappropriate teacher – student relationships, bullying / cyber bullying, bus safety, general safety of students and staff and premises liability.

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Americans With Disabilities Act – Transition Plans

Thursday, August 24th
1:30pm – 3:10pm

ADA Transition plans have been a hot topic for Tennessee local governments over the past year or so.  Most local governments are aware that they are required to have an ADA Transition plan, but the challenge has been getting started to complete it.  The session will outline tools that can help you if you decide to complete your plan internally, show examples of local governments who have hired outside experts to create their transition plan, and give some practical tools that may help those that are working on their own transition plan.  This session will mainly focus on completing a transition plan for facilities and will be presented in a panel discussion format.

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Tennessee Health Works

Friday, August 25th
9:40am – 10:30am

Tennessee has a unique opportunity to expand the concept of governmental pooling to the health arena.  This session will share what Tennessee Health Works is and how it can help you take control of your health and benefits plans and work to stabilize your costs.

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Municipal Use of Drones in Tennessee

Friday, August 25th
9:40am – 10:30am

The use of technology in municipal operations has always been a hot topic.  One of the current technologies that is being utilized by many municipalities is Unmanned Aerial Systems or Drones.  The use of drones presents local governments with a unique set of challenges due to the regulatory framework presented by the Federal Aviation Administration.  In August of 2016, new rules were promulgated that in many respects make the use of drones both easier and more complicated.  This session will cover the two mechanisms that municipalities can utilize to legally operate a drone as well as some of the limitations due to state law and constitutional concerns.  Examples of potential local government uses will be highlighted.

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Tennessee Workers Compensation Update

Friday, August 25th
10:50am – 11:50am

The Tennessee Workers Compensation Statute saw many changes in 2014 when the Haslam administration led the effort to reform and improve our system.  Many provisions of the 2014 have been implemented, including the Court of Workers Compensation, several medical guidelines, as well as the changes in causation.  This session will update participants on where the 2014 reform has brought us and what changes we may see in the future.

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