Leading and Governing Associates

specializing in community engagement, strategic decision making and public values thinking ...

Our Services


Facilitating Stakeholder Engagement in Community Visioning, Planning and Navigation

Leading & Governing Associates offers a tailored mix of services to its clients.
These include:

Workshops and Conference Presentations that provide participants with practical knowledge and skills:
  • The Public Purposes of Public Schools: Visions and Values of Public Education in our Democratic Republic  
  • From Campaigning to Governing: The Art and Science of Public Decision Making
  • Practical Ethical Decision Making for Public Life
  • Public Choices in State Agencies
  • Policy Leadership for Mayors and Council Members! Public Values, Choices, and Decisions

Policy Navigation and Strategic Facilitation that help boards, councils, and commissions crystallize their purpose, frame goals, address governance issues, and engage their publics: 
  • A Vision for Public Education in Alamance County
  • Orange County Schools (NC) Community Engagement and Strategic Planning Initiative
  • N.C. Smart Start Board Governance and Strategic Planning Initiatives 
  • Blue Ribbon Committee on the Future of Wake County
  • The Special Transit Advisory Commission’s Regional Transit Vision Plan
  • Research Triangle Regional Reality Check’s Regional Visioning Exercise
  • Charlotte City Council Policy Leadership Retreat
  • N.C. Association of County Commissioners Strategic Goals Initiative

Governance Education, Training, and Writing that help public officials disseminate knowledge, ideas, and capacity throughout their organizations and jurisdictions: 
  • Preserving the Public in Public Schools: Visions, Values, Conflicts, and Choices, by Phil Boyle and Del Burns, 2012
  • Local Officials, Regional Leaders: A Strategic LeaderShop for Navigating Regional Challenges, N.C. Local Elected Leaders Academy
  • Ethical Decision Making Training for Local Government Planning and Zoning Officials and Staff, Municipal Association of South Carolina
  • “Rebuilding a Public for Public Schools,” Pennsylvania School Boards Association,  PSBA Bulletin, 2005
  • “Effective Council Meetings: Using Public Values to Guide Board Decisions,” International City/County Management Association, IQ Report, 2005
  • “From Strategic Planning to Visioning: Tools for Navigating the Future,” International City/County Management Association, Public Management, 2001