Performance & Leadership Academy

Welcome to Brighton's Leadership and Performance Academy!  This five-week program teaches participants LEAN skills for identifying, analyzing, and solving pain points in their day-to-day work.  It also empowers participants to lead from any seat, build winning teams, and deliver exceptional customer service both internal and external. Combined, these skills reinforce Brighton's core values and promote a positive culture. Graduates will receive their black belt in process improvement. To date, students in the Academy have used their tools from this course to implement projects yielding $103,294 in projected annual savings for the City of Brighton.


Week 1: Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Takeaways: Understanding the role of core values in building strong organizations, how to build organizational culture, storyboarding and voice of customer tools

Week 2: Using the Employee Cycle to Reinforce Culture

Takeaways: Building winning job descriptions, designing effective orientation and onboarding programs, understanding the employee retention curve, using temperament assessments to improve communication, and developing a positive exit strategy.

Week 3: Innovation- Performance and Process Improvement

Takeaways: What is continuous process improvement, process mapping tool, identifying process waste, using data to measure and tell your innovation story, and gap analysis tools

Week 4: Leading From Any Seat

Takeaways: Leadership v. management, understanding leadership styles, tools to eliminate waste, how to calculate return on investment, and the role of leadership in innovation.

Week 5: Executing Change

Takeaways: Developing and executing strategic plans, PESTLE analysis tool, creating SMART goals, impact/effort matrix tool, building an action plan, utilizing behavioral nudges, telling your data story

Innovation Project

To graduate participants must implement one innovation project utilizing two tools from their time in the Academy. 


Upon completion of their projects and all five modules, participants are invited to graduate as part of a regularly scheduled City of Brighton Council meeting. Friends and family are welcome and these meetings are viewable live on our website. 

**Please note that we are constantly refreshing our course based on feedback from participants. Lessons may be moved or switched out at any time to improve the participant experience. 

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The Brighton Performance and Leadership Academy is conducted across five weeks with a four-hour training session each week. Sessions are held on Thursdays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Brighton City Hall, 500 S. 4th Avenue. In the event of a weather-related cancelation on one of the weeks, please note that a make-up day will be added to the Thursday following your original completion date.

Upcoming Dates

2023May 4, 2023- June 1, 2023

August 24, 2023- September 21, 2023
2024January 4, 2024 - February 1, 2024

May 2, 2024 - May 30, 2024

August 22, 2024 - September 19, 2024

How to Apply

Please note that all training dates are in-person only. A hybrid or virtual option is not available.

Internal Candidates

Please complete the application found here and mark that you are a current City of Brighton employee. City of Brighton employees are offered this training for free as part of their employment.

External Candidates

Starting in 2023, the Academy is now open to other government entities and nonprofits on a limited first come, first serve basis. Please note that we cannot accept applications from for-profit entities.

External Applicant Training Cost: $1,800 per attendee.

Please complete the application found here, denote whether you are a government or nonprofit entity, and provide the organization name. Based on your preferred cohorts and our availability, someone will reach out to you to confirm your date and provide instructions for payment. Please note, you are not confirmed until your payment is received. 

Contact Us

Please email with any questions.