Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reflections from Certified Public Manager Program Graduate: Scott Conklin

Good Morning fellow CPMers, family, friends and factually and a special Good Morning to Charles, Teri, Jonathan and Noel.

When Terri reached out and asked me if I would say a few words on behalf of my class, I thought really…..I did my three minute and 10 minute presentations-I should be done. I remembered how some of my classmates expressed how much they disliked public speaking (I believe they used the word “Feared” speaking.) So, I thought taking one for the class seemed right.

Having said that, I have to tell you everyone in my class did a great job. I attribute their success and all our successes in the program to both the CPM Staff and my classmates. We created a safe environment to learn and grow two days a week for the last year. It was so safe Fireman, Police, Engineers, City Managers, Human Resource personnel, Project Managers, Department Managers and IT folks felt comfortable building helicopters with Lego’s, playing with flying monkeys and creating over 60 objects with a white hand towel. That in itself was a huge accomplishment.

I know Terri, you asked me to talk about lessons learned…..Here it goes, from a broad perspective we learned how to better anticipate, identify, approach and manage personnel and budget issues within our organizations. We have a better understanding of how much diversity is tied to success and that was especially evident in our class.

I also believe we possess a better appreciation of the struggles we face as public employees with doing more with less. Most importantly, I think we learned that the State of Kansas could not ask for a more dedicated, caring and committed group of Public Employees then those we had in the class in the seats and those teaching up front.

Thank you again Charles, Terri, Jonathan and Noel. We will all leave more prepared to be better managers, friends and family members from this experience

Reflections from Certified Public Manager Program Graduate: Alysen Abel

Hello… I’m Alysen Abel with the City of Overland Park, and I am a Senior Civil Engineer.  As you can tell from my title, I am NOT a manager or supervisor.  CPM has taught me that it doesn’t matter what title or position you have, anyone can be a leader within his/her organization.

CPM gave me the opportunity to network with my classmates. Each of them brought their own personality and perspective to the classroom discussion.  We bonded over building helicopters and playing with pool noodles.  I have a better understanding and appreciation for Public Safety workers in Police, Fire and EMS who risk their lives everyday.  I will cherish the memories and our friendships.

I learned how to be a Great Coach from Jonathan.

I learned how to be a Great Communicator from Noel.

I learned how to be a Great Mentor from Charles.

And I learned how to be a Great Leader from Terri.

The most memorable moment in CPM was the Networking Conference in Topeka. This event brought all of the classes together and gave us an opportunity to connect on a personal and professional level.  Everyone enjoyed the Capitol Tour lead by Charles, even the Tour Guides who work at the Capitol Building.  It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience to learn about the History of Kansas.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in CPM. I have been able to incorporate some of the lessons I’ve learned during my time in CPM to make a difference in my organization.  I will continue to look for opportunities to improve efficiencies and refine engineering processes without compromising standards.