Tag Archive: Leadership

Apr 19

Focusing on Strengths


Great Leaders Focus on Strengths Research conducted by Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman indicates there are five clusters of strengths that should be developed in order to be perceived as a great leader. In our Effective Utility Management workshops, our participants conduct a Strengths & Weaknesses Assessment  and are encouraged to focus on developing their …

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Apr 05

How to Establish New Habits


Change your habits and you can change your life. This is a strong statement, but it’s true.  The Habit poem is a great reminder of this truth.  I’ve seen it in my own life and I’ve seen it in many of the individuals I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years.  Aristotle said …

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Nov 18

Changing Management Training

Training and Development on the Mechanism of Metal Gears.

‘Tis the season…for training! American Water College is pleased to present regional management classroom training in Sonoma County, California, this week!   Much like the inner gears of a machine, the relationship between management and operations are a closely-knit relationship that requires both sides working in sync. When managers and leaders in the organization have …

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Nov 06

Leadership and Communication

Effective Communication

Every good leader must possess good communication skills. In order to maintain a good work environment, it is crucial that those in leadership learn and practice good communication habits. Our Leadership Training Program provides tools for communicating effectively with different personality types, diffusing emotional issues and highly-charged conversational topics, and communicating in a way that …

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Nov 02

Leadership Training This Week

Are leaders made or born? Can leadership qualities be learned and developed? We believe so! American Water College is proud to partner with the Public Utilities and Waterworks Management Institute to present leadership training for Water and Wastewater Utility professionals. This week’s training is hosted by the Calaveras County Water District in beautiful northern California …

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Mar 11

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Leadership Skills

learn and lead word ball

In a previous post, we presented the theory that leaders are not born, they are made.  They are made by the individual intentionally learning and putting into practice the competencies that are required to lead and direct others.  A manager who works for a public agency, such as a water district or sewer district, has …

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Mar 09

Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Training


In this post, we’ll look to challenge a common management myth. At American Water College, we believe that leaders are made, not born, and management skills are developed, not built-in. The skills and attributes that define good leaders and managers are not granted at birth to a select few who are destined to lead others …

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