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Dynamic Succession: Getting the Right Person for the Job in the New Millennium

The only constant you can count on is a changing workforce and methodology to attract the right personnel.

by Ranger Kidwell-Ross

Loveland Logo Keith Reester is Public Works Director for Loveland, Colorado.

Our interview with Reester was held in September of 2009, although much of the information was based on his 2008 presentation at the APWA Congress and Exposition.

Keith Reester The baby boomers are leaving the workforce in droves. On the other hand, because of the unsettled economy and the fact that many boomers lived for their jobs, there are a number of opportunities to utilize their significant skills on a part-time and consulting basis.

Their places in management level positions are being taken over by Generation X workers. In contrast, X'ers may be characterized as 'working to live.' As a result, owners and top managers have to learn how to take into account the basic differences in philosophy and lifestyle in order to keep their organizations at the top of their game.

Compounding the current situation are the Generation Y, entry-level workers who are coming along behind. These next generation workers pose yet another strategic challenge.

Combine all three on the same workforce and there are challenges that have not been seen prior to today. Then, consider the changing way people look for jobs today, via a host of web-based and other methods. Finally, take into account whether to promote from within or from outside your organization -- while keeping your current workers happy -- and it's easy to see why so many cite getting and retaining the correct workforce as today's number one management dilemma.

Keith Reester offers an insightful look into all of these topics and, in addition to detailing the challenges, offers a number of no-nonsense ideas for how to address each. Plus, because he was recipient of a 2007 APWA Randolph Jennings Fellowship to Australia, Reester brings insight from that continent into play, as well.

In my 25-minute audio interview with him, Reester takes the listener on a ride through today's diverse workplace landscape, providing ideas for success at each stop along the way. If you are a workforce manager in either the public or private sector, chances are you'll find a number of ideas that will change how you approach your workers, their successors, and the successful growth of your organization.

Note: the audio will play without downloading any files onto your computer. If you hear the interview at 'chipmunk speed,' you will need to download the latest version of Adobe's free Flash player.

Download PDF We also have available a PDF version of Keith Reester's presentation at APWA 2008. Use the button shown to the right to access it.

In 2007, Keith traveled to Australia to represent the Eisenhower Institute and American Public Works Association as a Randolph Jennings Fellow, sharing and learning innovative ideas. In 2007 Keith was also named one of 25 Industry Trendsetters by Public Works Magazine.

You may reach Keith Reester via email sent to You may also call him at 970-962-2520.

This article was added to in September, 2009.

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