England & Wales HR, workforce and communications, Personal and organisational development

Workshop: Developing Political Awareness and Sensitivity: The Key to working effectively with Members


While the relationship between elected members and officers has always been important for local government, this is particularly the case when the organisation faces financial pressures and the need to make tough decisions about priorities. It may also be the case that collectively members and officers are working together to achieve significant organisational change. In addition, it can be a challenge for new staff coming into the organisation to grasp the importance and efficacy of political leadership. This workshop is a chance to explore what you know and don’t know and to develop the relationship skills to build effective relationships with members.

Key Outcomes

  • Being more aware of the political reality of the organisation
  • Building knowledge and awareness
  • Developing communication strategies and positive influence skills


09:30     Arrival and registration

10:00     Welcome and Introduction – Clarifying workshop and individual goals

10:20     differentiating the roles of politician and manager

Understanding how this is changing

What Policy makers need from officers?

11:20     Break

11:35     Building a foundation of awareness – How much do you know?

12:15     Frustrations and tensions

Building relationships and trust

12:45     Lunch

13:30     The dimensions of political sensitivity – Where do you stand?

14:45     Break

15:00     Communication skills in a political setting – The importance of boundaries as a foundation for assertive communication

Confidentiality and openness, dealing with the dichotomy

Influential behaviours

15:45     Personal and organisational actions

16:00    Close


Workshop: Developing Political Awareness and Sensitivity: The Key to working effectively with Members

Who should attend?

Any officer who has significant interaction with Elected Members or who wants to develop their understanding of the complexity and subtlety of the relationship. Particularly useful for managers new to Local Government needs to develop an understanding of this aspect of how Councils work.


Keith Crampton, Wiz Training and Development Ltd.

Keith is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator specialising in Local Government but with experience in private sector organisations as well as charities. Specialising in organisational and culture change Keith has worked with Authorities of all types. His experience before forming Wiz was as a Training and Organisational Development specialist working in both Local Government and the NHS. He brings an enthusiastic and engaging approach coupled with a focus on achieving real improvements in individual and organisational performance.