Executive Fellows Program

ANZSOG programs are developed by government, for government, and this intensive, three-week residential program will help senior executives to develop their adaptive capacity to lead public sector organisations, providing a rare opportunity for learning and reflection away from the office.

Our Executive Fellows Program (EFP) is run by world renowned academics, including faculty from Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Harvard Kennedy School in the US, and Warwick University in the UK, along with top practitioners from government and non-government sectors.

While applying the latest thinking and academic rigour, our program is grounded in the reality of modern public sector challenges. Presenters, along with your high-level peers, will share their experiences and insights in a dynamic environment.

Our non-traditional learning approach includes extensive individual and group-based reflection, real-world case studies, experiential learning and access to exceptional leaders. The emphasis on immersive, experiential learning has proven an effective way of enhancing leadership and strategic capacity.

Use your new expertise to leverage your influence and relationships, including with ministers, staff and stakeholders, to create and deliver public value to citizens and the wider public sector system.

* Please note: Program dates in November 2017 are to be confirmed and subject to change


Queensland considers the Executive Fellows Program to be one of the best development programs available to senior public sector leaders. The EFP strengthens their insights and connections, expanding their capacity to lead our departments and agencies in increasingly complex and uncertain operating environments. Some of our most recent reforms have been successfully led by EFP graduates.

Robert Setter
Commission Chief Executive (Acting) 
Public Service Commission, Queensland Government

Hear about the program from some of our recent graduates and find out how it could benefit you

Discover how we can help you enhance your professional effectiveness. 

 

Why choose the EFP?

Tailored for success

ANZSOG knows public sector executives face constantly shifting priorities in their roles and that the sector benefits when its leaders can adapt their thinking and approach to resolve challenges that arise. This, in turn, delivers value to the citizens they serve.

Modelled on leading executive offerings from the US and the UK, the EFP is tailored to meet Australian and New Zealand needs. 

The EFP focuses on the strategies and frameworks required to effectively lead in an increasingly complex operating environment. It brings a global perspective and develops the capacity of senior executives to work across cultural boundaries and with increased international engagement.

As well as providing a rare opportunity for learning and reflection away from the office, it will strengthen your capacity to operate at the most senior levels of your organisation, while helping you to build professional networks across portfolios and jurisdictions that deliver ongoing benefits to the sector.


EFP Nick Sellars

The value of the public service to good government – through its capacity building, advisory and enabling roles – helps to underpin national prosperity. The EFP provides the tools leaders need to spark critical insights, while the Alumni connections add the encouragement, impetus and advice that is sometimes needed to use those tools to their best effect.

Nicholas Sellars 
Executive Director
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Learn from the best

The EFP brings together leading local and international academics, including faculty from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the Harvard Kennedy School and Warwick University, and senior practitioners from all sectors, to combine practical relevance with academic rigour.

It is increasingly important for today’s senior public sector leaders to have a global perspective and our EFP is delivered in Melbourne and Singapore, where our partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy gives you an immersive experience in the Asia-Pacific region during the second week of the course.

The emphasis on immersive, experiential learning has proven a highly effective way of enhancing leadership and strategic capacity.

A community of leaders

The benefits of our program extend well beyond the classroom through the national and international networks, to which you gain access by completing the course.

As well as expanding your network, your fellow alumni can offer advice and support across portfolios and jurisdictions, benefiting both governments and citizens.

Our Alumni Program helps our graduates to build on these peer-to-peer relationships.



What will I learn?

Leadership framework

The EFP leadership framework underpins the themes, content and teaching methods of our program, highlighting the capabilities required of a successful leader. These include:


ORGANISATION

Strategy
Culture
Innovation
Leading change 


OTHERS

Employee engagement
Power, politics and influence
Leading teams

 EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT


Political context
Media (traditional and new)
Asia and other international influences/factors
Economic circumstances
Notions of public value
Public behaviour and engagement
Models of public service delivery
and strategic commissioning

SELF


Emotional intelligence
Self-awareness and leadership style
Personal authenticity
Resilience
Personal impact and presence


The framework looks at the interactive dynamics faced by public sector leaders and explores how you can better respond to competing requirements. You will analyse concepts, frameworks and techniques to discover how you can frame discussion, planning and strategic action.

In the second week of the three-week program, you will see first-hand how Singapore approaches capacity and capability building, future planning, and the promotion of quality public services.


Leading by example 

By the end of the Executive Fellows Program you will have:

  • Improved your ability to lead through change and uncertainty
  • Increased your understanding of the public value you create
  • Deepened your insight into the public sector operating environment, particularly in relation to politics, the media and international relations
  • Explored alternative models of public service delivery
  • Learned to apply the principles of adaptive leadership
  • Improved the way you deal with complex problems in situations of contested authority
  • Discovered how you can shape organisational culture
  • Deepened your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Gained insights from your Singapore experience that will bring benefits to your leadership and your organisation
  • Developed a greater sense of yourself so you can take your leadership to the next level.

EFP Linda Mallett

ANZSOG has a great reputation and I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by my department. The EFP was an opportunity to join with like-minded colleagues and discuss the latest developments in public sector management and leadership. It’s like being part of a community that speaks the same language.

Linda Mallett
Executive Director
Department of Family and Community Services, NSW

What does it involve?

The EFP is an intensive three-week residential program, delivered in Australia and Singapore. The second week of the program is run in Singapore as part of ANZSOG’s partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

You will explore current theory and practice using learning approaches designed to discover, test and bring to life the latest thinking on public sector leadership.

Participants as contributors

Your contribution to the program – and that of your peers – is integral to its success. Our EFP harnesses the knowledge and experience of participants who, as professional peers, share a common language and a commitment to public service.

We encourage you to share your experiences within the context of themes and frameworks, creating a collaborative learning environment that allows you to draw on the collective expertise in the room.

Learning approach

Our EFP learning environment is not the traditional classroom experience. Rather, this highly interactive program uses:

  • Interactive lectures that showcase practical frameworks and techniques, drawing on case studies, hypotheticals and participants’ experiences
  • Practitioner sessions where experiences and insights are shared and you are asked to participate in an active discussion with the speaker
  • Facilitated panel discussions to explore topics from multiple perspectives
  • Action-learning groups to seek solutions to live leadership challenges faced by group members
  • Leadership-in-practice workshops, during which you will explore a specific theme in depth
  • Experiential immersive learning where you will engage directly with practitioners outside of the classroom
  • Jurisdictional discussions during which you will share knowledge of your own jurisdictions
  • Peer-to-peer feedback
  • Self-reflection opportunities.
Faculty

ANZSOG is renowned for its high-quality teaching and our faculty includes leading national and international academics, as well as senior government partners.

Leadership and organisational development expert Robin Ryde leads the EFP, which draws on the expertise of academics from the UK, US, Singapore and Australia, and practitioners from senior ranks of the government and non-government sectors, to create a dynamic forum in which to explore the latest ideas and thinking on leadership and public administration.

A former chief executive officer of the UK National School of Government and former evaluation director with the UK National Audit Office, Robin was the youngest person to direct the UK Prime Minister’s flagship leadership development initiative, the Top Management Programme. He has consulted across the commercial and public sectors in the UK, the US, Australia, and in Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Robin’s teaching in the EFP focuses on self-leadership, while seven core presenters explore the program’s wider themes across multiple sessions.

Our core EFP faculty are:

  • Professor Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership, Warwick University, UK 
  • Professor Herman (Dutch) Leonard, Professor of Public Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, US 
  • Associate Professor Donald Low, Associate Dean, Research and Executive Education, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore 
  • Professor Mark Moore, Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, US 
  • Paul Porteous, Director of Leadership and International Development, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, and Executive Director of the Centre for Social Leadership, Canberra, ACT 
  • Associate Professor Kenneth Paul Tan, Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore 
  • Peter Thompson, Director, Centre for Leadership, NSW.

How do I apply?

Our Executive Fellows Program is designed for:

  • Senior public sector executives, such as deputy secretaries
  • Executives who report to deputy secretaries or are at the two levels below CEO
  • International equivalent levels
  • Other experienced, high-performing senior leaders. 


We welcome applications from senior executives from the not-for-profit sector.

Students are chosen and sponsored by their agency and the application process varies across jurisdictions. Please contact us to find out more.

If you are interested in applying for the EFP and would like an insider’s perspective, you are welcome to seek advice from our alumni. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an introduction.

If you wish to apply for our EFP program, please fill in an expression of interest and we will be in touch with any further information or requirements.

Information for HR and sponsoring agencies 

ANZSOG creates and delivers industry-leading educational programs tailored to meet the needs of public sector leaders, who face an array of challenges distinct from those found in private enterprise.

Our programs are designed by government, for government, and led by renowned academics and top practitioners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Our Executive Fellows Program supports senior public sector executives to further develop their understanding of the strategies and frameworks required to effectively lead in an increasingly complex operating environment. It brings a global perspective and develops the capacity of senior executives to work across cultural boundaries and with increased international engagement.

The learning environment is engaging and dynamic, with an emphasis on ‘live’ issues that confront governments, within sound conceptual frameworks.

Our Executive Fellows Program is designed for:

  • Senior public sector executives, such as deputy secretaries.
  • Executives who report to deputy secretaries or are at the two levels below CEO.
  • International equivalent levels.
  • Other experienced, high-performing senior leaders. 

We welcome applications from senior executives from the not-for-profit sector.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss the suitability of your candidate.

The sponsoring government or agency covers program costs, including tuition fee, program materials, accommodation, flights to and from Singapore, transfers and most meals. The Singapore component of our program is provided at no extra cost to agencies.

For further information about fees, application forms and application deadlines, contact us.

The ANZSOG experience reaches well beyond the classroom. The national and international networks to which our students gain access while completing our EFP will be invaluable throughout their careers, and to the agencies they lead.

Our Alumni Program helps our students to maintain and build on their peer-to-peer relationships, creating a broad community of public sector managers from around New Zealand, Australia and internationally. This provides an opportunity for ongoing learning and support from peers, greater exposure to different perspectives, and an appreciation of work done, and solutions found, elsewhere.

Our students will have opportunities to apply new learnings and insights to their workplace and are encouraged to share their learnings with others.

We encourage sponsoring managers to facilitate such opportunities for students to ‘give back’ and add further value as a result of their studies.


EFP Christopher Sutter

The EFP is a very fulfilling and demanding course that is well tailored for senior managers of the public sector (and the not for profit sector). The course goes over a diversity of aspects about leadership, especially focusing on the world of the future, whose conditions are changing rapidly, and the need for senior public leaders to adapt and be flexible.

Christoph Sutter 
Head of Regional Delegation to Indonesia and Timor-Leste 
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)