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2020 OAMR Virtual Athenian Leadership Dialogue 1

Creating Magic – 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell
-Facilitated by Dr. Jane Long

Monday, September 21, 2020 - Tuesday, September 22, 2020
8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
on Zoom

REGISTRATION CLOSED - ZOOM LINK WILL BE EMAILED SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Monday, September 21, 2020 – Athenian Leadership Dialogue

Creating Magic - 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Facilitator:      Dr. Jane Long

Convener:      Peggy Hawker, MMC, City Recorder/Special Projects Director, City of         Newport

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.      Break

10:30 A.M. – Noon    Continued Athenian Leadership Dialogue

Description:   Amazon reports that “It's not the magic that makes it work; it's the way we work that makes it magic.” It goes on to say “The secret for creating magic in our careers, our organizations, and our lives is simple: outstanding leadership, the kind that inspires employees, delights customers, and achieves extraordinary business results.”

The books author, Lee Cockerell, ran Walt Disney World Resort operations for over a decade. Throughout the book, Cockerell shares the leadership principles that not only guided his own journey from a poor farm boy in Oklahoma to the head of operations for a multibillion dollar enterprise, but that also form the cultural foundation of the world's number one vacation destination. In the book, Cockerell demonstrates that great leadership is not about mastering impossibly complex management theories. We can all become outstanding leaders by following the ten practical, common sense strategies outlined in this remarkable book. As straightforward as they are profound, these leadership lessons include:

●          Everyone is important.

●          Make your people your brand.

●          Burn the free fuel: appreciation, recognition, and encouragement.

●          Give people a purpose, not just a job.

The book combines surprising business wisdom with insightful and entertaining stories from Cockerell's four decades on the front lines of some of the world's best-run companies, The book shows all of us how to become better leaders by infusing quality, character, courage, enthusiasm, and integrity into our workplace and into our lives.

The premise of the Athenian Leadership Dialogues (ALD) is the idea that City Recorders are leaders in very profound, yet subtle, ways. Leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using the language of meaning, feeling, and power.

Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all municipal recorders in trainings. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practices, drawing on the insights contained in the book that all participants have read.


Dialogues are conversations in which recorders share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.

City Recorders have leadership demands that are always more varied because of the wide-range of people they impact. In addition to leading their own employees and serving citizens directly, recorders interact with, serve, and must maintain powerful relationships with employees at all levels of the organization.

This Athenian Leadership Dialogue is approved for three CMC or MMC educational points. You must attend the entire session and complete an assessment to receive educational points. Assessments should be sent to: Dr. Jane Long, at Jane Long janelong0701@att.net. Certificates will be e-mailed after the assessment is received by Dr. Long. Assessments must be submitted by October 22, 2020.

The second half of this Athenian Leadership Dialogue will begin at 8:30 A.M. on September 22, 2020.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Creating Magic - 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Facilitator:      Dr. Jane Long

Convener:      Peggy Hawker, MMC, City Recorder/Special Projects Director, City of         Newport

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.      Break

10:30 A.M. – Noon    Continued Athenian Leadership Dialogue

This Athenian Leadership Dialogue is approved for three CMC or MMC educational points. You must attend the entire session and complete an assessment to receive educational points. Assessments should be sent to: Dr. Jane Long, at Jane Long janelong0701@att.net. Certificates will be e-mailed after the assessment is received by Dr. Long. Assessments must be submitted by October 22, 2020.

2020 OAMR Virtual Athenian Leadership Dialogue 2

Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage, an autobiography by Richard Stengel about Nelson Mandela
- Facilitated by Mary Lynne Stratta

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - Thursday, September 24, 2020
8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
on Zoom

REGISTRATION CLOSED - ZOOM LINK WILL BE EMAILED SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Athenian Leadership Dialogue – Mandela’s Way – Lessons on Life

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Facilitator:      Mary Lynne Stratta, MMC, City Secretary, City of Bryan, Texas, and former                                                IIMC President

Convener:      Tori Barnett, MMC, City Recorder, City of Ontario

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.      Break

10:30 A.M. – Noon    Continued Athenian Leadership Dialogue

Description:   Mandela’s Way – Lessons on Life, by Richard Stengel. Amazon describes this book as a compact, profoundly inspiring book that captures the spirit of Nelson Mandela, distilling the South African leader’s wisdom into 15 vital life lessons.


We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of ninety-five, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liber­ated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

Amazon goes on to notes that Richard Stengel, the editor of Time maga­zine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.


In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his fulfilling remarriage at the age of eighty.


This uplifting book captures the spirit of this extraordinary man—warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader—and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we’ll leave behind.

The premise of the Athenian Leadership Dialogues (ALD) is the idea that City Recorders are leaders in very profound, yet subtle, ways. Leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using the language of meaning, feeling, and power.

Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all municipal recorders in trainings. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practices, drawing on the insights contained in the book that all participants have read.


Dialogues are conversations in which recorders share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.

City Recorders have leadership demands that are always more varied because of the wide-range of people they impact. In addition to leading their own employees and serving citizens directly, recorders interact with, serve, and must maintain powerful relationships with employees at all levels of the organization.

This Athenian Leadership Dialogue is approved for three CMC or MMC educational points. You must attend the entire session and complete an assessment to receive educational points. Assessments should be sent to: Mary Lynne Stratta, at mstratta@bryantx.gov. Certificates will be e-mailed after the assessment is received by Mary Lynne Stratta. Assessments must be submitted by October 23, 2020.

The second half of this Athenian Leadership Dialogue will begin at 8:30 A.M. on September 24, 2020.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Athenian Leadership Dialogue – Mandela’s Way – Lessons on Life

8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Facilitator:      Mary Lynne Stratta, MMC, City Secretary, City of Bryan, Texas, and former                                                IIMC President

Convener:      Tori Barnett, MMC, City Recorder, City of Ontario

10:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.      Break

10:30 A.M. – Noon    Continued Athenian Leadership Dialogue

This Athenian Leadership Dialogue is approved for three CMC or MMC educational points. You must attend the entire session and complete an assessment to receive educational points. Assessments should be sent to: Mary Lynne Stratta, at mstratta@bryantx.gov. Certificates will be e-mailed after the assessment is received by Mary Lynne Stratta. Assessments must be submitted by October 23, 2020.

Participants are required to register and submit the payment in advance, AND, purchase and read the books prior to the Dialogues.

The ALD 1 will be based on the book, Creating Magic – 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney, by Lee Cockerell. It will be facilitated by Dr. Jane Long, IIMC Director of Education. The cost for the session is $50 (or $35 if registering for both ALDs).

The ALD 2 will be based on the book, Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage, an autobiography by Richard Stengel about Nelson Mandela.  It will be facilitated by Mary Lynne Stratta.  The cost for the session is $50 (or $35 if registering for both ALDs).

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On completion of an assessment, three educational points will be offered toward the CMC or MMC designation for each ALD. Contact Peggy Hawker at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov with questions.

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