Public Works Expo 2018

TU13 - Developing Your Team and Your Bench: Assessment Tools to Support Productivity and Succession Planning

Aug 28, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 28, 2018 2:50pm


While lots of leadership articles emphasize the benefits of having people with different skill sets, perspectives, and levels of experience on the team, in practice these differences can cause many day-to-day challenges. Individuals can butt heads about priorities and how to approach the work, or simply struggled to see eye-to-eye. Assessment tools can help teams name and discuss their differences in ways that can bring insight rather than frustration. This session will discuss several well-known assessment tools and their value in opening the lines of communication and pull individuals together into productive, engaged teams.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Discuss how to best use the strengths of individuals for stronger team performance.
  • List the differences between several of the most widely known assessment tools and identify how each might assist with particular individual and team development goals.
  • Leverage knowledge about individual strengths and motivations to support succession planning efforts.


  • Jason Peek, PE, PhD, Public Works Director, City of Topeka, KS
  • Noel Rasor, Assistant Director, Public Management Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

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