Planners on planning: leading planners offer real-life lessons on what works, what doesn't, and why

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Planners on Planning offers pragmatic information on the realities of day-to-day practice from some of the most innovative, respected, and visionary leaders in the planning profession today. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, the book provides straightforward lessons from today's most effective planners on the core values, skills, and techniques needed for success. Through personal, real-life examples from the trenches, these experts explain in their own words what works, what doesn't, and why. Their invaluable first-hand advice includes ten habits of highly effective planners, commitments that enable planners to increase effectiveness and productivity, guidelines for survival and success when dealing with the politics of planning, principles and practices for effective visioning and goals-setting, tips for gaining credibility and trust, operating principles for top-quality customer service, advice on becoming an effective planning director and ensuring job longevity, and why and how to become more entrepreneurial. The planning profession is in the midst of great change and is actively reinventing itself - developing new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking about communities. With this book, planners will learn from the experiences of some of America's best planners how to restructure, reinvent, and renew the practice of their profession.

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About the author (1996)

BRUCE W. MCCLENDON is director of planning and development for Orange County, Florida. He is a past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and a recipient of the APA's Distinguished Service Award. The author of two books and many articles, McClAndon has more than twenty-five years of local government planning experience. ANTHONY JAMES CATANESE is president of Florida Atlantic University. A practitioner and educator with extensive experience in urban planning and development, he has consulted on projects on three continents. He is a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners as well as the author of eleven books and more than one hundred articles.