We are pleased to announce that the first workshop of the 'Advanced Management Development Course for Municipal Leaders' took place this February. The management development course was developed by IVN and the Sacta-Rashi Foundation to address the serious issues faced by municipalities in Israel, particularly after the Second Lebanon war, which both highlighted and exacerbated the existing and new challenges that municipalities must tackle. The gravity of the problems results from the fact that the Directors of Education and Welfare Departments in the local municipalities typically lack the tools for planning, implementing and conducing follow-up and evaluation. In addition, they make decisions based primarily on intution, rather than accurate data from the field. As a result, processes are often not completed, goals are not met, and there is a general lack of efficiency.
The course is based on IVN's successful school principal development program and was developed by experts in best management practices and leaders in the fields of education and welfare.
The pilot two-year course - the first of two - was launched for municipal education and welfare managers from the following areas in Northern Israel: Ma'alot, Migdal Ha'emek, Upper Nazareth, Shlomi and Ma'aleh Yosef.
On Wednesday, February 12th and Thursday, February 13th, the first workshop - on the subject of organizational leadership - took place. Over the course of these two days, the managers studied concepts from the world of organizational leadership and team management. The managers examined models for the identification of leadership style, and learned about organizational management principles.
In each municipality, an initial meeting took place with the mentor, in order to set expectations for the mentoring process, a key element of the course.