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A Cartegraph + ELGL Experience

Rocky Mountain High-Performance Government Workshop

May 3, 2019  |  Sheraton Denver Downtown

Hold on to your hats

The infamous Rocky Mountain High-Performance Government Workshop is back. And, in the words of Leslie Knope, “You only get one chance to make a second impression.” So, we’re gearing up to make this event even more epic. Your ticket price includes a full day of high-energy presentations, free lunch, and a killer social hour. Grab your team and register today so you don't miss:

Colorado’s best and brightest innovators

From Denver Peak pro Melissa Wiley and Boulder Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Julia Richman to ELGL OG Kirsten Wyatt and award-winning civic innovator Nick Kittle, hear from some of the sharpest minds in local government. If these folks can’t inspire you, nothing can.

10 fast-paced, TED Talk style sessions

From the secret to failing forward and becoming a champion of innovation to changing negative behaviors that suck the life from success, you’re going to love these presentations more than Pawnee loves Li’l Sebastian. Gasp! We know. Check out the sessions below »

Rubbing elbows with local gov rockstars

Get ready to meet 100+ of your new best friends. Exchange ideas with other ELGL members facing the same challenges you are. Learn from their struggles, benefit from their successes, and develop meaningful connections over a beer or two with your regional peers.

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HPG Workshop Sessions

  • Rethinking the Future and Your Role  Nick Kittle, Cartegraph
    8:00 AM - 8:25 AM

    The times, they are a-changin'. Are you ready to adapt? Are you developing skills to make your role future-proof? Learn ways to innovate in your career so you're ready to adapt for whatever comes.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • See a wildly different future
    • Develop skills around innovation and adaptability
    • Grow a more resilient organization and more resilient you
  • What’s Your Leadership Vision and Philosophy?  Don Davis, Jefferson County, CO
    8:25 AM - 8:45 AM

    It’s been said that without vision, the people perish. Yet, many leaders lack a tangible vision that is shared with employees. Uncover why leadership vision and philosophy are critical to the success of your agency and leave with actionable tips to lead “your people” through the peaks and valleys life.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Describe the importance of leadership vision and philosophy
    • Articulate your own vision and philosophy
    • Lead and inspire your staff and organization
  • High-Performance Government Panel  2018-2019 High-Performance Government Award Winners
    9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

    Hear from some of the most forward-thinking, efficient organizations in local government: our 2018-2019 High-Performance Government Award winners! Learn how they're solving problems, working smarter, and improving their communities with the latest tech.

  • Changing Negative Behaviors that Suck the Life from Success  Brian Conly, CDHS Office of Early Childhood
    10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

    Have a Negative Nancy or Toxic Tom working against you, your team, or your organization’s purpose? Brian to the rescue! Uncover a simple method to unpacking a negative behavior and replacing it with a positive one—whether you’re managing yourself, children, peers, subordinates, or even supervisors. 

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Identify the common behaviors around conflict, innovation, and change
    • Assess certain team and individual behaviors
    • Develop more positive behaviors needed to achieve your goals
  • Succession Planning in a Changing Workforce  Alicia Archibald, A2 Solutions
    10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

    By 2030, one in five people will be over the age of 65 and entering retirement. Is your local government ready to face the changing employment landscape? Alicia will explore the implications of an aging workforce and give you strategies to seamlessly integrate a younger generation into your organization.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Develop a playbook for key positions within your organization
    • Perform competency analysis and use automation to help fill gaps
    • Address work styles and values of different generations
  • Fear to Freedom: Finding Success in the Storm  Jeff Newsome, Ball Aerospace
    11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

    Ready to face one of the most destructive and infectious entities head-on? Great! During this session, we’ll talk about fear—and the unproductive role it plays in our teams and lives. Evaluate your relationship with this powerful emotion and discover how it may be hindering your authenticity and effectiveness.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Identify the role fear plays in your thoughts, habits, and behaviors
    • Evaluate your connection with fear and how it’s impacting your performance
    • Effectively serve others and produce innovative, actionable results
  • Building Efficient, Effective, and Innovative Teams  Allen Peterson, Arapahoe County Road and Bridge Division
    11:30 AM - 11:55 AM

    Building successful teams begins with the people you hire. But, oftentimes, you already have a team in place with varying degrees of engagement. During this session, Allen will teach you how to engage all employees to transform your organization into a powerful, productive, and innovative team of doers. 

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Set clear and measurable goals
    • Establish expectations and hold employees accountable
    • Improve engagement and reach never seen before results
  • How to Crush 21st Century Networking  Kirsten Wyatt, ELGL
    1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

    Know what’s lame? Networking only once a year at a conference. The future is connecting with global government leaders in real time and tapping into peers to solve complex problems. Kirsten will teach you how to maximize your public-sector networks, technology, and connections to work more effectively.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Build stronger connections with your local government peers
    • Evaluate the new government technology solutions
    • Confidently execute modern-era networking tactics
  • Becoming a Champion of Innovation  Demetrius Parker, Jefferson County
    1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

    Innovation: it’s one of the hottest buzzwords today. But, depending on who you ask, it can be different things—from a revolution or metamorphosis to creativity or inspiration. Demetrius will teach you how to become a better champion of innovation by weaving it into your thoughts, interactions, and way of life. 

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Integrate innovation into the core of your local government
    • Grow into an effective champion for innovation
    • Encourage your team to embrace creativity and collaboration
  • The Secret to Failing Forward  Julia Richman, City of Boulder
    2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    It’s time for your government to become nimbler through rapid and structured experimentation. In this talk, you’ll learn how to accelerate the pace of experimentation and fail spectacularly well. Julia will share tips and tools for structuring teams, evaluating your progress, and identifying what to do next.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Reduce time horizons and severity of outcomes for experiments
    • Lower the consequence threshold to build a culture of experimentation
    • Communicate about failure with your team and leadership
  • Leading Innovation in Your Local Government  Melissa Wiley, Denver Peak Academy
    3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

    Strong leadership is key to cultivating a supportive, collaborative, and creative work environment. Join this session to uncover best practices on guiding local government teams through innovation, change management, process improvement, and data analyzation to help you produce lasting change.

    By attending this session, you’ll be better able to:

    • Improve processes and visualize data with a variety of tools
    • Guide teams through stressful work situations
    • Effectively measure and manage teams with performance data
  • Happy Hour and Networking 
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    What better way to wrap up an incredible week than grabbing drinks and appetizers with your Cartegraph peers at the Sheraton Denver Downtown? There may even be SnakeJuice involved. 

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About Nick Kittle

Cartegraph Government Performance and Innovation Coach

An award-winning civic innovator, Nick mentors local governments along their high-performance journey and empowers them to build effective teams, develop efficient processes, and produce measurable, actionable results.

Quick facts:

  • Founder of one of the first five government innovation offices in the country
  • Author of Sustainovation, Amazon's #1 new release in U.S. Local Politics
  • Implemented nearly 70 unique pilot projects during his 13 years as a public servant
  • Passionate about barbecue, disc golf, and being a great dad
  • Not afraid to shake things up (not even a little bit)