COT Project Manager Presents at National Conference
COT's Glenn Thomas presents at the 17th Annual
Professional Development Conference of the
American Academy of Certified Public Managers.
Commonwealth Office of Technology's (COT) Office of Application Development Branch Manager Glenn Thomas recently presented a 90-minute seminar session of original material at the 17th Annual Professional Development Conference of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers. The conference, held in Manchester, New Hampshire, in September, was attended by CPMs from the District of Columbia and the 22 states that have a Certified Public Manager® program, as well as states awaiting acceptance of their programs from the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.
Glenn's abstract was selected from a nationwide "call for presentations" by the Conference Program Committee earlier this year. The original material is from a book he is currently writing entitled Checking Your Oil at Work. While the title may sound a little strange for a book on leadership topics, the idea behind it is actually very simple. Using vehicle maintenance as a metaphor for leadership, Glenn’s book reminds management to think about topics such as strategic planning, effective communication, training, ergonomics, employee appreciation and technology, every day when they “get behind the wheel.”
For example, Glen stresses the importance of “adjusting your headlights.” When driving a car, if the headlights are not properly adjusted or if one is out, the driver can't clearly see the road ahead and may not see any obstacles or dangers along the road until it’s too late. Similarly, if an organization doesn't adjust its headlights it can't clearly see the obstacles or dangers that may lie ahead on the organization’s journey. An organization can adjust its headlights by developing a strategic plan; this plan will allow the organization to have a full view of the road ahead, and will allow managers to steer around upcoming obstacles or dangers.
The information was very well received by the 40 plus members who attended Glenn's break-out session on the first day. Several attendees signed up for notification when the book is published. Glenn hopes to have it completed in time to be considered for the Kentucky Book Fair in the fall of 2006.
Glenn completed the Certified Public Manager® program in Kentucky in 2003 and served as President for the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Managers (KSCPM) in 2004. Although he gave a short presentation at last year's KSCPM professional day, this was his first speaking engagement at the national level. He believes this is the first time that a merit state employee from Kentucky has spoken at the conference, but hopes it is not the last, since he plans to submit an abstract for consideration in 2007 when the conference is held in Madison, Wisconsin.
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