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A comprehensive professional development solution for you and your department.

The late American business guru Peter F. Drucker once said “Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself …Fifty years later, there is a new world. We are currently living through just such a transformation.”

So if we are now living through that kind of transformation, what exactly does it take and what skills are needed to be successful today?

Beginning February 2013, APWA has partnered with award winning change agent Ian Hill to offer the first of its kind, three track professional development series “Leadership in Changing Times”. A competency based program for every member of your department that will generate sustained performance improvement and teach new skills for success in today's rapidly changing world. The program will include: 1) workshops via live streaming video, 2) live video chat coaching sessions, 3) weekly motivational emails, 4) an on-demand video archive of all programs for viewing at your convenience, and 5) an on-line portal containing all materials and support.

Director Track

Becoming a Community Builder

Emerging Leaders Track

Leading Others Today

Front Line Staff Track

Leadership at all Levels

As the needs of communities change and the dynamics and demands of the Public Works sector increase, there must be a corresponding adjustment in how leaders in the profession operate their departments, mobilize community resources, build community capacity and interact with staff, to ensure that they are fulfilling their roles in building strong (both figuratively and literally) sustainable, thriving communities for today and into the future.

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This is a 15 week series for Emerging Leaders that will teach the leadership competencies needed to get the most from themselves, be highly successful in leading others, be outstanding stewards of their resources and how to get things done in these ever changing times.

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This is a 15 week series that will help front line staff see the valuable role that they play in the community and equip them with the skills they need to fulfill that important role .

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All tracks include:

  • workshops via live streaming video,
  • live video chat coaching sessions,
  • weekly motivational emails,
  • an on-demand video archive of all programs
  • an on-line portal containing all materials and also acts as a platform for the dynamic exchange of information amongst participants.

Getting the Most of Your Professional Development Investment


To be effective, training and development must actually create performance improvement. Seminars, videos, Training manuals, and other passive learning process just aren't effective. We have designed a process that actually creates behavior change through an innovative 21 day blended learning model we call The Change Continuum. A proven process that supports performance improvement.

2013 Session Dates
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Ian Hill

Award Winning Change Agent and Business Leader

Humanitarian, Business Leader, and Award Winning Ian HillPhilanthropist, these are some of the words that often used when referring to Ian Hill. Whether running a multi-million dollar business operation with over 1000 employees, to spearheading first of their kind life-changing community projects, to a unique World wide initiative. Ian Hill has been recognized for being a catalyst for positive change throughout North America. Read more (pdf)

“Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Lou Holtz, and Tom Peters all have… inspirational messages, but none of them can reach into your soul…like Ian Hill!.”
Steve Allen, Business owner. Elected official

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