The final group session of training for the Edmonds City Council, mayor and staff on how to improve communications and become “high-performing” was held Friday morning at the Plaza Room of the Edmonds Library.
The session began with one hour with just he Council, so they could deal with issues between councilmembers and then finished up with two hours more with the mayor and city staff.
Everyone was willing to go out on a limb and be quite open with each other. There were some notable exchanges between Council President Diane Buckshnis and Councilmember Joan Bloom to start things off. Before too long, all the member started to open up and while sometimes uncomfortable, the interactions proved to be quite useful
The same thing continued once the larger group convened.
Unfortunately, while much good progress was made, much remains to be done. Several Councilmembers expressed and interest extending the contract with Consultant, Jim Reid.
My Edmonds News has recorded all sessions of the training so citizens can watch for themselves. Friday’s segment is on My Edmonds News TV here.
— By Harry Gatjens