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Tailored learning

ANZSOG works with governments to deliver tailored learning approaches that help to meet the professional development needs of public sector officers, executives and leaders. Contact us using the Tailored learning enquiry form to find out how we can design a solution for your organisation. 

What ANZSOG program is right for my employee?

ANZSOG offers a wide range of workshops and courses for all levels of public service professionals. We have created a career path infographic which matches ANZSOG's range of educational offering to each level of public service to make it easier for you to find the right course for your employee. 

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Workshops

The 2018 Executive Education workshop schedule offers learning opportunities in key areas critical to those working in government. Follow a learning pathway across a range of connected topics, such as leadership or regulation, or register for a one-off workshop to gain knowledge about a particular concept. One-day workshops are available for busy executives to hone their strategic and critical thinking capabilities.

Visit our Workshops page for more information and to register for upcoming workshops. 

View the Workshops overview and 2018 calendar of workshops as a PDF:   pdf ANZSOG 2018 programs flyer (455 KB)

Workshops overview 

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Workshop overview

Participants will discover how to select and apply the right conceptual framework to make sense of the challenges they face. They will apply the theory to their own practice examples, and come away with resources to strengthen their planning and evaluation skills.

This workshop will be valuable for program planners, managers and evaluators who want to extend their repertoire for developing, representing and using program theory.

Two-day program content:

  • Examples of effective use of program logic
  • Identifying challenges
  • Developing program logic drawing on research-based theories
  • Context for developing program logic and applying this to your own work
  • Applying strategies for effective representation to your own work
  • Developing indicators and measures, and applying this to your own work
  • Strategies for implementing change to program logic

Workshop presenter – Professor Patricia Rogers

Patricia Rogers is Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at the ANZSOG and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Director of BetterEvaluation, an international collaboration to improve monitoring and evaluation by creating and sharing knowledge about choosing and using methods and processes. She is an experienced evaluator who worked on evaluations and evaluation systems for more than 20 years in programs and policies in a wide range of sectors, including education, health, early childhood, community services, international development, science and technology, employment, energy, and infrastructure. She has worked with national, state and local government departments and agencies in Australia and New Zealand, UN agencies, international philanthropic foundations, development banks and NGOs.

1-2 October 2018
Melbourne

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Workshop overview

Dr Dana H. Born guides participants through case studies, individual exercises, debates and small-group discussions designed to build an understanding of the internal moral compass and inform leadership practices.

There will be interactive discussions, industry presentations and case studies using real-world public sector examples. Each participant will create a leadership purpose statement to launch his or her own “true north” development plan.

Key learnings include:

  • challenging conventional assumptions about leadership
  • learning to shift the leadership focus from “I” to “we”
  • increase readiness for new opportunities
  • discovering that authentic leadership is about leading by example and empowering others.

Past participants have found Dana to be a warm, inspiring and engaging leader, with the workshop helping them to increase personal and professional clarity and focus, with improved performance and productivity – for themselves and their teams.

Two-day program content:

  • Who are you?
  • Where are you headed?
  • Self-awareness
  • Values, principles and ethical boundaries
  • Integrated life and support team
  • Courageous conversations
  • Empowering others to lead
  • Your leadership purpose

Workshop leader – Dr Dana H. Born

Dr Dana H. Born (Harvard University, Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows Program; Lecturer in Public Policy) is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Presidentially-appointed Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioural Sciences and Leadership Department.

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Workshop overview

Learn how to apply a behavioural lens to solving policy problems using real examples of behavioural solutions in the public sector. Answer the question: How do you translate awareness of an issue into a behaviour change?

What will you learn?

  • Influences on human behaviour – how to identify and measure them
  • Common behaviour change mistakes – how to avoid them
  • Working with data to support interventions
  • A practical behavioural methodology to support a conceptual exploration of your problem
  • Tools to increase the odds of behaviour change in a target audience
  • Classic policy tools versus behavioural solutions
  • Using behavioural change solutions in the policy cycle.

Who should attend?

Executives, managers and program leaders - this masterclass has been designed for people leading government programs, and who are keen to understand how behaviour plays a role in the success of their program. Colleagues are encouraged to attend together, as you will be provided with an opportunity to work through your own policy issues as your progress through the masterclass.

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Monash University’s BehaviourWorks Australia  (BWA) - the largest applied behaviour change research unit in Australia, with extensive experience partnering with government. Partners include EPA NSW, WorkSafe Victoria and Australia Post.

Workshop overview

This workshop will focus on ways that evidence can improve the (re)design of government programs. By unpacking evidence for current issues and problems, this workshop aims to improve participants’ ability to provide oversight and guidance to the way evidence is ‘consumed’ or produced by their teams. It also serves as a way for those team members to learn how to be more critical users of this evidence.

The course is relevant to a range of people in the public sector involved in designing new programs or redesigning existing ones. These people may range from managers who provide oversight to these activities, as well as those involved in the detailed work of assessing program options and features. The workshop will help each of these groups better use evidence to support their role in improving program design.

Two-day program content:

  • The role of evidence in the development of policy and programs
  • How to use evidence to understand the problem you are trying to solve
  • How evidence can help you choose among broad program options (and reduce the risks of decision making)
  • How evidence can improve detailed program design and how to apply it at different stages of program development
  • Assessing the quality of evidence to use and be exposed to new sources of evidence
  • How to best communicate with others about your evidence

Workshop presenters – Dr George Argyrous and Dr Zina O’Leary

Dr George Argyrous is a Senior Lecturer at ANZSOG on secondment from the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales, where he has taught political economy, research methods and statistics since 1992, publishing many articles on the use and abuse of research. Dr Argyrous has acted as a consultant to many public and private sector agencies on a wide range of research projects and evaluation, including the Health Education Training Institute, Family and Community Services NSW, Urbis Keys Young, the NSW Police Service, LegalAid NSW, Optus Communications, the NSW Department of Education, and the Australian Council for the Arts.

Dr Zina O’Leary is an ANZSOG Senior Fellow, and has been associated with ANZSOG since 2009. Previously, Zina was senior lecturer and the Workplace Integrated Learning Coordinator at the University of Sydney Business School.

Dr O'Leary was a National Science Foundation Fellowship holder during her Postgraduate Studies and holds a PhD from Western Sydney University (methodology and social psychology), a MSc from the University of Wisconsin (social psychology and methodology), and a BA from Rutgers University (Sociology and Psychology). Her area of research expertise is the application of research to evidence-based decision making.

10-11 October 
Canberra

21 November
Wellington

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Workshop overview

Do you want to feel more confident when you need to deliver an important message? Would you like to understand how to be more persuasive in the way you communicate important information to others?Do you want to feel more confident when you need to deliver an important message? Would you like to understand how to be more persuasive in the way you communicate important information to others?

This two-day, interactive and practical workshop is ideal for anyone who needs to create evidence-driven communication that will inspire action. You will develop the ability to draw on your own unique attributes to deliver persuasive arguments with a convincing presence.

Two-day program content:

  • The purpose of communication in an information age
  • The key elements of effective communication
  • The effective use of data
  • The power of interweaving evidence and narrative
  • How to understand and target your audience
  • How to develop presence

One-day program content:

  • Motivating an audience to action
  • Understanding, targeting and managing your audience
  • Developing your presence and finding your voice
  • Powerful narratives: Story and evidence

Workshop presenters -  Dr Zina O’Leary (Wellington and Canberra workshops) and Debra Lawrance (Canberra only)

Dr Zina O’Leary is an ANZSOG Senior Fellow, and has been associated with ANZSOG since 2009. Previously, Zina was senior lecturer and the Workplace Integrated Learning Coordinator at the University of Sydney Business School. Zina also has a keen interest in inspirational and effective communication and is in the process of writing her latest Sage title, Presentations that Motivate: Inspiring an Audience to Action.

Debra Lawrance has been working as an executive voice coach for more than 10 years. She has delivered communication skills training to clients across all sectors of the workforce, focussing on communication issues in the workplace. In addition to vocal coaching, Ms Lawrance is an award-winning actress known for her roles in the Australian television series ‘Home and Away’ and ‘Please Like Me’. In 2015, she won the AACTA award for Best Performance in a Comedy and, in 2017, she won the TV Week Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress.

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Workshop overview

Participants will develop an understanding of the theory and practice of cost-benefit analysis, which incorporates environmental, social and financial considerations.
Participants will come away with new tools to guide their analysis, and the ability to argue a business case persuasively based on a cost-benefit study. This is a how-to-do a CBA workshop and provides practical skills participants can take back to their roles and apply.

This workshop will be useful for managers and officers in policy and service delivery roles across the sector. Participants do not have to have a financial or economist background to benefit.

Two-day program content:

  • Basic investment analysis, such as discounting, annuities, and perpetuities
  • Probabilities and decision trees
  • Opportunity cost, consumer and producer surplus, decision rules
  • Revealed and stated preference techniques for estimating benefits
  • Uncertainty and real options approaches
  • Alternative methods – cost-effectiveness analysis, multi-criteria analysis.

Workshop presenter – Dr Leo Dobes

Dr Leo Dobes teaches a Masters course in Cost-Benefit Analysis (IDEC8088) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, where he is an Associate Adjunct Professor. Following a DPhil (Oxford) in East European economics, he worked in the Australian Public Service for almost 30 years, much of it at the Senior Executive Service level.

Workshop overview

Every organisation is unique, with its own identity, strengths and issues. Dr Macaulay’s workshops equip managers and leaders with the skills to implement meaningful and practical steps to strengthen organisational integrity, to develop trust and to affect ethical cultural change.

He delivers his workshops in different forms, depending on the needs of the organisations involved:

  • One workshop has an organisational view and is focused on establishing cultures and frameworks of integrity in organisations.
  • A second workshop is focussed on the dilemmas of integrity in everyday practice.

All of his workshops include practical exercises, interactive discussion and the use of real-world examples.

Two-day program content:

  • Management and morality
  • What are the drivers of an integrity culture?
  • Building an integrity culture
  • Developing trust
  • Moral intuition versus moral logic
  • Embedding integrity into organisational systems
  • Apply the ideas practically

One-day program content:

  • Recruitment/retention
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Bullying
  • Procurement/Probity
  • Integrity audits
  • Whistleblowing

Workshop leader – Dr Michael Macaulay

Dr Michael Macaulay is an Associate Professor at the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. He also has a role as Associate Dean, Professional Education in Victoria Business School's senior leadership team. He has published extensively in the fields of integrity, ethics and anti-corruption in leading international journals. Away from academia, Dr Macaulay spent seven years as a judge in the UK (Teesside Bench) and has worked with numerous government agencies and NGOs in New Zealand and internationally, including the NZ Police, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the Council of Europe and Transparency International.

Workshop overview

Professor Ross Guest guides participants through real-world public sector examples, drawing on materials from contemporary local conditions and interactive discussion.
Participants will learn about the forces of supply and demand that drive market outcomes, and the economic approach to evaluating the costs and benefits of public sector activity.

They will be better equipped to make an economic case for, or against a policy, and be able to understand and respond to an economic brief.

Two-day program content:

  • Market failure – the case for government intervention in markets
  • How do markets work – a public sector perspective
  • Pricing and delivery of government services
  • Fairness and redistribution
  • Cost-benefit analysis in the public sector
  • Role of government in promoting national productivity

Workshop leader – Professor Ross Guest

Prof Ross Guest is Professor of Economics and Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Griffith Business School at Griffith University and an Adjunct Professor at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Prof Guest holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Melbourne. He has received four Australian Research Council grants for his work on population economics, which has informed public policy through consultancies (e.g. New Zealand Treasury and Queensland Treasury) and citations in Productivity Commission reports.

5-6 September
Melbourne

Workshop overview

Participants will learn to focus evaluation studies according to specific criteria such as purpose and stakeholder needs. They will understand how to apply program logic, how to set standards for evaluations to then assess the quality of evaluation reports.

This workshop will be valuable for people in policy, program and service delivery roles who plan and conduct evaluations, assess the quality of evaluation reports and manage others who conduct evaluation studies.

Two-day program content:

  • Evaluation’s role in decision-making
  • Applying program logic
  • Gathering evidence in an evaluation and assessing validity
  • Working with consultants
  • Managing an evaluation

Workshop presenters – Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers

Dr George Argyrous is a Senior Lecturer at ANZSOG on secondment from the School of Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales, where he has taught political economy, research methods and statistics since 1992, publishing many articles on the use and abuse of research. Dr Argyrous has acted as a consultant to many public and private sector agencies on a wide range of research projects and evaluation, including the Health Education Training Institute, Family and Community Services NSW, Urbis Keys Young, the NSW Police Service, LegalAid NSW, Optus Communications, the NSW Department of Education, and the Australian Council for the Arts.

Patricia Rogers is Professor of Public Sector Evaluation at ANZSOG and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Director of BetterEvaluation, an international collaboration to improve monitoring and evaluation by creating and sharing knowledge about choosing and using methods and processes. She is an experienced evaluator who worked on evaluations and evaluation systems for more than 20 years in programs and policies in a wide range of sectors, including education, health, early childhood, community services, international development, science and technology, employment, energy, and infrastructure. She has worked with national, state and local government departments and agencies in Australia and New Zealand, UN agencies, international philanthropic foundations, development banks and NGOs.

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Workshop overview

Author, consultant and director of ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program, Robin Ryde, shares insights about the dynamics of culture and how to influence it. Participants will explore their roles as leaders in aligning organisational health, well-being and culture, and their roles in shaping change.

“Senior leaders need to understand the behaviour of organisations and what causes them to change,” Robin Ryde says. “And leaders need to develop self-awareness of the impact of their leadership and the shadow they cast.”

Key benefits

Bringing about change that sticks is a great challenge for many public sector leaders.

This workshop is for experienced leaders who want to deepen their understanding of organisational leadership and enhance their ability to lead and influence change.

You will strengthen your skills to articulate a strategy for change, and to hold the right kind of conversations about the change work required.

Your heightened awareness of how organisational culture is shaped will help you meet the strategic challenges you face. You will also develop stronger self-awareness of your leadership style and how it is perceived in your organisation.

Course details

Robin Ryde will share organisational development best practice models and principles. You will be guided through case studies, interactive discussions, and small group work. You will also get the opportunity to practice authentic discussions about behaviour.

Content will include:

  • organisational behaviour and performance diagnosis using a systems perspective
  • the leader’s role in organisational health
  • shaping cultural alignment and change
  • empowering people within your organisation
  • understanding your contribution and the shadow you cast as a leader.
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28 October-2 November 2018
Melbourne 

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Workshop overview

Professor Sparrow from the Kennedy School of Government and a former senior British Police Officer will explain the complexity of social regulation, managing compliance, enforcing the law and security in a world that emphasises harm reduction and risk-control.

“People in regulatory, compliance and enforcement roles in different agencies may speak different professional languages but they face common managerial challenges,” Professor Sparrow says. “Today’s regulators do a lot more than compliance.”

Course details

Over five days, Professor Sparrow’s workshop will include guest presentations, case studies and interactive discussion about the issues that challenge regulators.

Topics covered include:

  • strategic public management
  • defining mission and consequences for operational methods
  • pressures for ‘better regulation’
  • the risk-based regulator
  • risk-control and measuring performance
  • managing discretion
  • different regulatory structures
  • categories of risk and the implications for effective control
  • choices and pragmatism in strategy and tactics
  • tackling major risks
  • implementation issues.

Workshop leader - Malcolm Sparrow

Malcolm K. Sparrow is a leading international expert in regulatory and enforcement strategy, security and risk control. He is the Professor of the Practice of Public Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Faculty Chair of the Executive Program on Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.

A mathematician by training, he joined the British Police Service in 1977, serving for ten years and rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. At that rank, he headed the Kent County Constabulary Fraud Squad. He has also conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and had extensive experience of criminal investigation and general police management. In 1988, he left the police to take up a faculty appointment at Harvard University.

Prof Sparrow is the author of seven books, including the widely acclaimed The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems and Managing Compliance (2000), and The Character of Harms: Operational Challenges in Control (2008).

Prof Sparrow's research interests relate to the risk-control functions of government, and to the special managerial challenges which relate to the roles of social regulation, compliance management, law enforcement, and security. He holds a M.A. in Mathematics from Cambridge University (England); a M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government; and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Kent at Canterbury (England). 

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Workshop overview

This highly interactive program explores the advanced analytical, engagement and communication skills required to produce effective public policy.

The workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to develop their analytical skills and understanding, and to step back and reflect on how the work that they do fits into the bigger picture.

Dr Chris Walker will use local guest presenters to guide participants through policy concepts and processes to understand the different ways that key actors (governments, business and community) contribute to the development of effective public policy.

Two-day program content:

  • Thinking strategically
  • Overview of policy analysis
  • Policy analysis tools
  • Understanding Ministers
  • Policy and practice – A case study analysis
  • Challenges with policy implementation and delivery
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Policy implementation
  • Evidence and policy
  • Policy and regulation

Workshop leader – Dr Chris Walker

Dr Chris Walker is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at University of New South Wales. His research interests are in the areas of policy analysis and regulatory reform and compliance. Dr Walker has worked in senior executive and policy positions in numerous public sector agencies including health, road transport, rail safety and the Cabinet Office, and has extensive experience in policy development, intergovernmental relations and micro-economic and regulatory reform. Based on his work at line and central agencies, Dr Walker is able to bring a practical insight into the activities of policy analysis, policy development and regulatory reform across a range of policy sectors.

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Workshop overview

Are you leading or working on projects that are complex and require new approaches?  Do you wish you had new ways of conceptualising projects?Are you leading or working on projects that are complex and require new approaches?  Do you wish you had new ways of conceptualising projects?

This two-day workshop brings a fresh, insightful and empowering approach to solving complex problems in government, including designing and delivering policy and projects. It will expose you to a number of conceptual models and practices that you can immediately apply and will help you tackle your projects with new energy. 

The workshop is a highly interactive and collaborative learning environment, with practical exercises, discussion, reflection and real public sector scenarios.

What will you learn?

  • Tools and techniques that draw on established theories and evidence from world experts
  • Problem solving skills which are transferable, portfolio-independent and valuable in the public sector
  • How to define and diagnose a complex problem
  • Creating public value from complexity
  • Practical systems thinking
  • Designing realistic solutions
  • Enabling effective implementation.

Who should register?

Executives, managers and officers – this workshop is aimed at public sector, local government and not-for-profit executives, managers and officers seeking to enhance their understanding and to learn new approaches to tackle complex problems to create lasting change.

Nick demonstrates he is very knowledgeable, as well as being an excellent facilitator and provides the right mix of teaching/discussion/group work.- Past participant

Who will lead the course?

Dr Nick Fleming - founding director of Innergise, a firm focused on fuelling progress, performance and prosperity by helping people to conceive, design and execute smarter strategies, programs and projects.

11-14 September 2018
Sydney

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Workshop overview

Public sector agencies have implemented a range of corruption prevention and risk management strategies with varying degrees of success. This course uncovers some of the reasons why corrupt conduct continues to occur despite considerable efforts to prevent it.

The program develops an understanding of the control implications of organisational structure and boundaries, information integrity, location of decision-making and accountabilities, process design, management arrangements, manager and staff capability and capacity, incentive structures, group norms and equity and entitlement issues.

At the end of this program participants will be better equipped to:

  • understand the main elements of the control environment, their impacts on corruption prevention and how they integrate
  • develop a deeper awareness of what may motivate corrupt conduct and how they can use motivation to create positive change
  • understand the corruption prevention implications of organisation structures and boundaries
  • comprehend the control inherent in tight operational arrangements, such as best-practice processes and performance metrics
  • analyse operational arrangements for efficiency and effectiveness, identify points of weakness and the potential for corruption.

Workshop leader - Adam Shapiro

Adam Shapiro is a Senior Corruption Prevention Officer and has been working in the Corruption Prevention Division at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption since June 2008. Mr Shapiro is an adult educator with over 25 years of experience. His background includes both public and private sector employment in roles such as subject matter expert, senior instructional designer and content editor, project manager, business development manager and chief operating officer.

17 September 2018
Canberra

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Workshop overview

Professor Malcolm Sparrow, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, will guide participants through contemporary developments in risk-based regulation, and examine what ‘risk-based’ practice entails in enforcement, regulation and compliance management.

“Citizens expect government to be vigilant in spotting threats, nimble in organizing around them and skilful in tackling them--masters of the entire intervention toolkit,” Professor Sparrow says. “This is a core challenge for managers in social regulation, compliance management, law enforcement and security roles.”

Course details

This one-day workshop will start by surveying emerging trends across the regulatory landscape.

Professor Sparrow’s workshop will feature lectures, practical examples and interactive discussion.

The modern regulator modules will explore:

  • the nature of “risk-based” operations in regulatory, law enforcement and other risk control settings
  • how success should be defined and measured in a risk-control setting
  • the challenges of implementing a risk-based approach

Workshop leader - Malcolm Sparrow

Malcolm K. Sparrow is a leading international expert in regulatory and enforcement strategy, security and risk control. He is the Professor of the Practice of Public Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Faculty Chair of the Executive Program on Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.

A mathematician by training, he joined the British Police Service in 1977, serving for ten years and rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. At that rank, he headed the Kent County Constabulary Fraud Squad. He has also conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and had extensive experience of criminal investigation and general police management. In 1988, he left the police to take up a faculty appointment at Harvard University.

Prof Sparrow is the author of seven books, including the widely acclaimed The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems and Managing Compliance (2000), and The Character of Harms: Operational Challenges in Control (2008).

Prof Sparrow's research interests relate to the risk-control functions of government, and to the special managerial challenges which relate to the roles of social regulation, compliance management, law enforcement, and security. He holds a M.A. in Mathematics from Cambridge University (England); a M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government; and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Kent at Canterbury (England). 

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Workshop overview

Dr Christine Nixon – Monash University Deputy Chancellor and former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner – and Professor Amanda Sinclair – Melbourne Business School Fellow and author on leadership – will encourage participants to share experiences, and to learn how to lead change while looking after themselves and others in demanding contexts.

“This is not about training women to adapt to traditional leadership models,” Dr Nixon says. “Our aim is to empower women to be role models for humane and people-centred leadership. To build effectiveness and to broaden the leadership repertoire.”

Course details

Over three days, Dr Nixon and Professor Sinclair will guide participants through the broad strategic levels of leadership and mobilising organisations, to managing groups, finishing on the personal dimensions of leadership roles.

Women leading the public sector modules will include:

Leadership

  • strategies for reforming organisations and leading change
  • deepening understanding of issues for women in leadership and how to support other women to succeed
  • leadership during difficult times and crisis management
  • leading dialogue and initiating, difficult but important conversations

Management

  • how to get new initiatives on the agenda
  • working effectively in groups to solve challenges and mobilise change
  • understanding group processes and how to intervene to achieve goals
  • what distinguishes good managers and modelling effective management

Personal dimensions

  • cultivating presence and capacity to influence
  • mitigating the personal and professional risks
  • dealing with personal setbacks and continuing to learn
  • identifying allies, ways to nourish self and others
  • setting goals and creating and modelling sustainable practices

Workshop presenters - Christine Nixon and Amanda Sinclair

Dr Christine Nixon is a Fellow of ANZSOG, the Australian Institute of Police Management, the Australian Institute of Management and the Institute of Public Administration Australia. She is also Deputy Chancellor of Monash University, Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance, and Chair of Monash College Pty Ltd.

Dr Nixon was the 19th and first female Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, leading 14,000 staff, operating across more than 500 locations, and overseeing an annual budget of $1.7 billion. She joined Victoria Police in April 2001, after serving with the New South Wales Police from 1972 and attaining the rank of Assistant Commissioner.

After leaving Victoria Police, she was appointed as chair of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority. From February 2009 to September 2010, Dr Nixon oversaw the largest recovery and rebuilding operation Victoria has ever undertaken. From September 2010 to July 2011, she was the Victorian Government’s Volunteer Advisor on Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery. Dr Nixon continues to support affected communities, and working with the bereaved community; she remains a member of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund panel.

Currently, Dr Nixon mentors, consults and advises various organisations on leadership and organisational reform.

Amanda Sinclair is an author, academic, researcher, teacher and consultant in the areas of leadership, change, gender and diversity. Currently a Professorial Fellow, she held the Foundation Chair of Management (Diversity and Change) at Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne from 1995 - 2012. Her books include: Leadership for the Disillusioned (2007); Doing Leadership Differently: Gender, Power and Sexuality in a Changing Business Culture (1998, 2004); and New Faces of Leadership (with Valerie Wilson, 2002). Her newest book is titled Leading Mindfully: How to focus on what matters, influence for good and enjoy leadership more (2016). She is working on another book about leadership lessons to be learnt from women’s contribution to social change. Both Prof Sinclair’s academic and popular writing is aimed at stimulating radically different insights about leadership and how it works.

With extensive coaching and consulting experience, the focus of much of Prof Sinclair’s recent work has been on introducing new approaches to leadership which incorporate insights and evidence from meditative traditions, mindfulness and neuro-scientific research. She has worked with organisations and leadership teams across a wide range of sectors - in corporate, senior medical and hospital, police, school, union, university, government and local government settings. As a yoga and meditation teacher she is also interested in engaging with the whole person in education. Her intent is to support people to find new, sustainable ways of being in leadership: to flourish and grow while also achieving.

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Programs

Executive Master of Public Administration

The Executive Master of Public Administration is a two-year postgraduate qualification designed to give high potential, experienced mid-level managers and aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration.

Who should attend?

Applicants demonstrating strong leadership potential and a commitment to career development in the public sector.

Program commences:

January 2019

Applications close: 

September 2018

Executive Fellows Program

The Executive Fellows Program is an intensive, three-week residential program for senior public service executives. With an emphasis on enhancing strategic capabilities, this program focuses on the leadership, relationship and management skills required to effectively lead in an increasingly complex public sector.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for high performing senior executives. We welcome applications from the
not-for-profit sector.

Program commences:

November 2018

Applications close:

August 2018

Towards Strategic Leadership

Towards Strategic Leadership is specifically designed for experienced public sector managers who are moving into or have recently moved into, senior executive leadership roles. Participants engage with change and explore how best to increase adaptive capacities.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for senior executives from public service departments and agencies, and the not-for-profit sector.

Program commences:

Module 1: 4–8 June 2018, Module 2: 15–19 October 2018


China Reciprocal Program 

The China Reciprocal Program (CRP) is a 2 ½ week, in-country program for senior public sector executives, with a focus on the Chinese system of government and politics, the economy and key contemporary issues. The program visits a number of cities and through a combination of lectures, high-level meetings, industry and community-focused site visits and socio-cultural experiences, provides contrast and demonstrates degrees of development and diversity.

Who should attend?

Secretaries and Deputy-Secretaries of federal and state departments and statutory agency heads in the governments of Australia and New Zealand. This is an ideal program for those with a strategic interest in understanding more about the opportunities presented by engaging with China. Nomination and selection is managed within a central body in each jurisdiction.

Program commences

September 2018

Call for nominations period

March to mid-April 2018

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Forums

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Deputies Forum 

ANZSOG hosted the inaugural Deputies Forum from 15-18 July at Griffith University, Gold Coast. The forum brought together 25 select public sector deputies from Australia and New Zealand. Experiential learning sessions at the Logan Data Lab and Gold Coast journalism studios drew on the depth of expertise and experience the cohort bring to the program through collaborative circles and place-based leadership.

More information about the Deputies Forum can be found at the ANZSOG Forums page. 

CEO Forum 

ANZSOG's annual CEO Forum has been running since 2006 and brings together CEOs from public sector agencies across Australia and New Zealand under the guidance of The University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis AC. The Forum provides an invaluable opportunity for CEOs to reflect on the challenges of their work, and talk frankly and confidentially with their peers about a range of public sector issues.

For more information on the CEO Forum, please see the ANZSOG Forums page.