USC Price School of Public Policy

Sacramento Leadership Programs

LSMI class The California State Senate welcomed LSMI Class 8/Sacramento in August.

Price Hosts Sacramento Leadership Programs for Government, Healthcare Professionals

This summer, the USC Price School of Public Policy’s State Capital Center in Sacramento hosted two major leadership programs — the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Staff Management Institute (LSMI); and the California Medical Association’s Leadership Program (CMA LP). Both brought together a diverse group of practitioners to strengthen their leadership skills and networks.

For the past eight years, the USC Price School has designed and hosted the Legislative Staff Management Institute.

“In many ways, LSMI demonstrates the best in collaborative leadership,” said Paul Danczyk, director of executive education in Sacramento. “It integrates modern approaches and practices across sectors.”

Danczyk added that even the design is collaborative. Each year, USC partners with the NCSL Trust for Representative Democracy and the California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies, with financial support from the Union Pacific Foundation and, previously, the Morris S. Smith Foundation.

NCSL Staff Chair Patsy Spaw, who serves as Secretary of the Texas State Senate, noted that “of all the programs NCSL puts on, LSMI consistently receives positive feedback.”

In addition, Danczyk explained that the program has been able to create a lasting impact professionally.

Earlier this year, Danczyk and colleagues conducted a longitudinal study, surveying participants who completed the program over the past seven years. Of the more than 100 responses, 96 percent reported that they became better leaders as a result of the training and that most continue to use the skills and concepts presented.

In August, the USC State Capital Center hosted its most recent Legislative Staff Management Institute, welcoming 37 participants from 17 states, as well as two participants from the Nigerian National Assembly, for eight days of leadership training.

The institute featured nationally recognized presenters covering various topics and leadership skills, including: Dave Logan’s “listening techniques,” Ron Gilbert’s “leadership effectiveness,” former Nebraska State Senator Dave Landis’ “problem-solving negotiation,” Jerry Estenson’s “high performing teams,” and Laree Kiely’s “leading through influence.”

The recent institute also included a panel on “Non-Partisans Working in a Partisan Environment,” featuring Steve Boilard, executive director of the CSU Sacramento Center for California Studies; Sharon Reilly, legislative consultant for the California State Auditor; Mark Gladstone, deputy director of the California Senate Office of Research; and Tony Beard, the California State Senate sergeant-at-arms.

The Price School’s executive education programs are designed specifically in partnership with sponsoring organizations, thus ensuring that the curriculum is uniquely tailored to meet the organization’s needs. This past summer, USC Price also hosted the California Medical Association Leadership Program.

The program trained 26 staff during three modules in June, July, and August. Each module focused on topics directed at facilitating organizational transformation. Sessions were dedicated to strategy models and organizational culture; management accounting and performance measurements; and leadership styles and strategic alliances.

“The largest takeaway I had was establishing a vision and goal before moving on to the next step of a project,” said Nick Birtcil, PAC coordinator at CMA.

Elizabeth Zima, staff writer at CMA, reflecting on the key lessons she gained from the leadership program, added: “Building a team is like using a recipe, all the ingredients are important… all the people are important no matter what their position is in the organization.”