Services we offer

The firm was formed in 1981 and specializes in providing high quality, individually tailored and personalizedour services include executive recruitment process consultation and facilitation for local government, business, and not-for-profit groups and organizations. Particular areas of expertise include strategic planning and goal setting, executive recruitment, organization development and change strategies, organization training, conflict resolution, and meeting facilitation.

The firm was built on the extensive background of Robert Saunders that spans a successful career of more than forty years. Saunders’ experience as a process consultant working specifically with local governments began in 1968 while he was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Business and Public Administration. Through the years Saunders has personally structured and facilitated numerous individually tailored programs in organizations of all sizes and diverse compositions.

Executive Recruitment - The firm handles executive recruitment of city managers and other department level executives for a number of agencies each year. Recruitment and selection are viewed as a process that begins with establishing community and position profiles by the appointing authority and emphasizes consensus decision making throughout. While the approach the firm utilizes is based on a process consultation model it offers full and complete services; management of the process, recruitment of candidates, screening and reference checking, recommendations of desirable candidates, interview process, and contracting.

Strategic Planning and Goal Setting - Each year city councils and other groups call upon us to develop and facilitate their planning processes. Projects may be as simple as an intensive one-day workshop meeting or may involve a more extensive format such as a two-three day retreat or a community based project carried out over a period of months. The purposes of the workshops or retreats often employ Saunders’ particular skills to accomplish team building as well as goal setting. From 1978-1980, Saunders served as consultant to the National League of Cities in their Council Policy Leadership Program. This extensive project was funded by the Kettering Foundation and the federal government. During this project, Saunders facilitated numerous programs and consulted in cities such as Wichita, Kansas; San Jose and Long Beach, California; and Charleston, South Carolina among others.

Organization Development - The management of change and the creation of greater productivity is an essential part of organization life. Participative management techniques, organizational interventions to gain ownership, commitment, and empowerment on the part of management teams and workers, reduce conflict, and achieve quality customer service are the result of on-going programs of the firm with a variety of clients.

Group Facilitation - When a third-party facilitator is needed to achieve desired results from a meeting with a minimum investment of time, Saunders frequently is called upon to serve in that role. Saunders is known for his skill in taking a diverse group with divergent agendas and producing consensus decisions whether there is potential conflict, the group is essentially leaderless, or the leader wishes freedom to be a full participant.

 

PUBLIC SECTOR CLIENTS

RECRUITMENTS AND SELECTIONS

ABILENE, KANSAS

City Manager 2010

ALBANY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1996

BELTON, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1988

Director of Finance 2000

BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

City Administrator1978

Assistant City Administrator 1985,1989,1995,1999

Public Works Director 1990

BRANSON, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1985

BRIDGETON, MISSOURI

Administrative Assistant to Mayor 1999

CAMERON, MISSOURI

City Manager 1990, 2008

CLINTON, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1988

COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS

County Administrator 2011

CREVE COEUR, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1988, 1999

CRYSTAL CITY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 2009

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MISSOURI

City Manager 1978, 1985

FESTUS, MISSOURI

City Administrator 2009

FRANKLIN COUNTY, KANSAS

County Administrator 2000

GARDNER, KANSAS

City Administrator 1994, 2000

Finance Director 2000

City Engineer 2000

Planner 2000

Code Administrator 2000

GLADSTONE, MISSOURI

City Manager 1984

Director of Public Safety 1986

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1978, 1986

GRAIN VALLEY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1990, 2002, 2005

HANNIBAL, MISSOURI

City Manager 1997

HARRISONVILLE, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1985

Public Works/Engineer

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI

City Manager 1993

Police Chief 1998

Assistant City Manager 1998

JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS

County Administrator 1985

Chief Financial Officer 1996

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS

City Administrator 1983

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

President/CEO 1984

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

General Manager 1984

KIRKSVILLE, MISSOURI

City Manager 1981, 1985, 1990, 1993, 2003

LAWRENCE, KANSAS

City Manager 1990

LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS

City Manager 1977, 1981, 1987, 1998, 2007

LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS WATER DEPT.

General Manager 2008

LEAWOOD, KANSAS

City Administrator 1979

LIBERTY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1978

LYONS, KANSAS

City Administrator 1997

MERRIAM, KANSAS

City Administrator 1986, 1988.2008

MEXICO, MISSOURI

City Manager 1988, 2007, 2011

NEWTON, KANSAS

City Manager 2007

NORTH KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1978, 1985, 1987, 2000

Police Chief 2002

OAK GROVE, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1992

OLATHE, KANSAS

City Manager 1988

OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI

City Administrator 2000

PARKVILLE, MISSOURI

City Administrator 2008

PLATTE CITY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1993, 1996.2008

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KANSAS

Police Chief 1991

RAYTOWN, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1994

ROLLA, MISSOURI

Public Works Director 1985

SMITHVILLE, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1977, 1982

SPRING HILL, KANSAS

City Administrator 1993, 1995, 2002

SNI VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

Fire Chief 1988

TOWN AND COUNTRY, MISSOURI

City Administrator 1996

WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI

City Manager 1984, 2011

Fire Chief 2004

WEBSTER GROVES, MISSOURI

City Manager 1986

GOVERNING BODY WORKSHOPS, RETREATS, SEMINARS, STRATEGIC PLANNING,
GOAL SETTING, TEAM BUILDING

BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS
Board of Directors

BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
City Council

BONNER SPRINGS, KANSAS
City Council

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI
City Council

CARTHAGE, MISSOURI
City Council

CHANDLER, ARIZONA
City Council

CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI
County Commission

Economic Development Council

Park Board

CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI
City Council

CRESTWOOD, MISSOURI
City Council

DENTON, TEXAS
City Council

EL DORADO, KANSAS
City Commission

EMPORIA, KANSAS
City Commission

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MISSOURI
City Council

FORT WORTH, TEXAS
City Council

FULTON, MISSOURI
City Council

Planning Commission

GLADSTONE, MISSOURI
City Council

GLADSTONE, MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board of Directors

GRAIN VALLEY, MISSOURI
Board of Aldermen

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI
City Council

City Council/Econ. Dev Council

Community Based Strategic Planning

HAZELWOOD, MISSOURI
City Council

HENDERSON, NEVADA
City Council

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI
City Council

JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS

Airport AuthorityCounty Commission

JOPLIN, MISSOURI
City Council

JUNCTION CITY, KANSAS
City Commission

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS ECON DEV COUNCIL

Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
City Council

KANSAS EASTERN REGION INSUR. TRUST

Board of Directors

LAKE OZARK, MISSOURI
City Council

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO
City Council

LAWRENCE, KANSAS
City Commission

LEAWOOD, KANSAS
City Council

LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI

Board of Aldermen

LENEXA, KANSAS
City Council

LIBERTY, MISSOURI
City Council

MARCIT

Board of Directors

MERRIAM, KANSAS
City Council

MEXICO, MISSOURI
City Council

MISSION HILLS, KANSAS
City Council

MISSOURI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE

Board of Directors

NORTH KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
City Council

NORTHEAST JOHNSON COUNTY DEV. AND RETENTION COUNCIL

Board of Directors

OLIVETTE, MISSOURI
City Council

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
City Council

Metcalf Corridor Group

Neighborhood Group

Downtown Group

ODESSA, TEXAS
City Council

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KANSAS
City Council

Plan Commission

RAYMORE, MISSOURI
City Council

RAYTOWN, MISSOURI

Board of Aldermen

RIVERVIEW, MICHIGAN
City Council

SAINT JOSEPH, MISSOURI
City Council

SALINA, KANSAS
City Commission

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS
City Council

SMITHVILLE, MISSOURI
City Council

SPRING HILL, KANSAS
City Council

SULLIVAN, MISSOURI
City Council

TERRELL, TEXAS
City Council

TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS HOSPITAL DISTRICT

Board of Trustees

WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI
City Council

WEBSTER GROVES, MISSOURI
City Council

Planning Commission

WENTZVILLE, MISSOURI
Board of Aldermen

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

CITY COUNCIL POLICY TRAINING PROGRAM

(National Consultant and Facilitator)

WICHITA, KANSAS
City Council

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
City Council

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
City Council

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
City Council

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
City Council

 

ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT

TEAM BUILDING

ASSESSMENT CENTERS, ETC.

BELTON, MISSOURI
Organization Structure

BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
Organization Development

Assessment Centers

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT
Organization Development

Assessment Centers

CHANDLER, ARIZONA
Organization Development

CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI

Management Staff

Training and Team Building

Police Department

Training and Team Building

CLINTON MISSOURI
Organization Development

Management Development

DENTON, TEXAS
Management Development

FULTON, MISSOURI
Organization Development

GLADSTONE, MISSOURI
Management Development

Organization Development

Assessment Centers

HARRISONVILLE, MISSOURI FIRE DEPARTMENT
Team Building

HAZELWOOD, MISSOURI

Management Staff

Training and Team Building

Police Department

Training and Team Building

HENDERSON, NEVADA
Management Development

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI
Organization Development

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

Management Development

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

City Management Staff

Development Department

Fire Department

Organization Development

KANSAS CITY AREA TRANSIT AUTH.

Strategic Planning

KIRKSVILLE REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH

Management Development

LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI

Organization Development

Assessment Centers

MISSOURI FIRE ACADEMY

Management Training

O’FALLON, ILLINOIS

Organization Development

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION STATE OF MISSOURI

Organization Development

RAYMORE, MISSOURI

Staff Team Building

SALINA, KANSAS

Organization Development

Assessment Center

WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI

Fire Chief Selection Assessment Center

OTHER CLIENTS

INTERNATIONAL CITY/COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

Facilitator of Small Cities Task Force

VARIOUS CHURCH BOARD RETREATS

Facilitator of Strategic Planning, etc.



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