ANZSOG’s new Future public sector leaders’ series: the knowledge and inspiration needed to thrive in a volatile and uncertain environment

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  • Published Date: 30 September 2020

ANZSOG has helped a generation of public sector leaders think creatively and strategically and understand public value. Our courses have combined the insights of top academics and practitioners with a focus on providing inspiration and practical tools that change the way public sector leaders work.

The COVID-19 crisis, and the resulting economic shock, have shown the importance of good government and public sector leadership. The challenge of rebuilding for the post-COVID world will make it even more important that public sector leaders have the knowledge, creativity and confidence required to provide informed and timely advice.

Successful public sector leaders will be those who can make good decisions under pressure in an uncertain environment and reimagine the role of government for the future.

ANZSOG’s new Future public sector leaders’ series has been purpose-built to provide inspiring online experiences that will help strengthen public sector leaders’ capacity to tackle problems in an increasingly complex and ambiguous environment.

The series begins in November 2020 and features 12 masterclasses and three keynotes broken into three overarching themes, and a final capstone presentation delivered in March 2021. Participants can pick any masterclass from any theme throughout the series as part of a variety of packages, providing flexibility when it’s needed most.

ANZSOG’s Acting Deputy CEO Thought Leadership Simon Kent said ANZSOG had recently surveyed more than 1000 public sector leaders regarding their development needs and the responses revealed, overwhelmingly, that they wanted flexibility to further their professional development.

“This is why the Future public sector leaders’ series features short, engaging masterclasses and a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ approach to the design, so that you can maximise the impact on your work, and get education and inspiration where you feel you need it most,” he said.

Participants will learn from, and be inspired by, leading domestic and international thinkers on public management and leadership, including current and former CEOs, senior public administrators, Premiers, politicians and academics, and faculty from ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public AdministrationExecutive Fellows Program and Towards Strategic Leadership. Speakers include David BartlettProfessor Dana BornDr Jo CribbProfessor Glyn Davis ACPeter HarrisKathrina LoPeter WoolcottAO and international academics from Harvard University, Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew University and Utrecht University.

The series is made up of short and engaging masterclasses, designed to fit into the workday of busy managers and will provide a forum to discuss the future challenges of the public serviceTopics include leading through disruption, digital transformation, policy implementation, authentic and adaptable leadership, political astuteness, government innovation, systems thinking and evidence-based policy design.

Today’s complexities, tomorrows challenges

ANZSOG Dean and CEO Ken Smith said public sector leaders needed to ensure they were ready to respond to the complexities of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

“The public sector has been thrust into the spotlight this year, working tirelessly to deal with a fast-changing global crisis and making difficult decisions under pressure,” he said.

“We know the impact of COVID-19 has put increased pressure on hard-working public sector leaders, which is why Future public sector leaders’ features short and engaging masterclasses, designed to maximise the positive impact on day-to-day work.

“The series is designed to strengthen and support new and emerging leaders’ decision-making under pressure, as well as benefit experienced leaders working through the challenges of this constantly and rapidly changing environment.”

Mr Kent said that it was more vital than ever for the public sector to invest in the skills of its senior leaders.

“As a former Deputy Secretary in the Victorian public service and member of the ANZSOG alumni, I understand how a crisis like COVID-19 can impact the public sector and the increased pressure it can place on public sector leaders,” he said.

“Crises like these can make it difficult to find the time to invest in your professional development, stay on top of your workload and maintain work/life balance, and that’s why we’ve tailor-made this series to suit the busy lives of public servants.”

For more information about the Future public sector leaders’ series here

Masterclass numbers are strictly limited to foster an intimate and highly interactive environment, which focuses specifically on challenges of direct relevance to public servants in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand today and into the future. 

We encourage registrations from Māori and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.