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.
ANZSOG works with individual government agencies to develop programs that suit their needs and which can increase skills and capabilities and bring about concentrated changes in practice and understanding.
Our long-term relationships with our ten partner governments give us a unique understanding of the needs of governments, and our network of academic and practitioners gives us the expertise to design and deliver tailored education programs for individual agencies and jurisdictions that meet their specific learning needs. These courses are shaped by the needs of the agency, ranging from a seminar series through to intensive, multi-module learning programs.
Tailored short courses can incorporate content on new ideas and approaches to issues, drawing on expertise in areas as diverse as behaviour change, budgeting and finance, economics, program evaluation, evidence-based policy, governance, knowledge management, leadership, inter-agency collaboration, organisational change, policy skills, strategy, evidence and evaluation, project management and service delivery.
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Executive Education workshops expose public sector workers to new ideas and different perspectives without undertaking a full-length course. It allows agencies to fill specific gaps in the skill sets of their employees or teams. The workshops are presented by world-leading experts and cover a range of subjects including: regulation, policy design, behaviour change, solving complex problems and evaluation for the public sector. Workshop topics are continually updated to ensure they cover areas which are relevant to our partner governments and the needs of their staff. By working with our government and university partners ANZSOG’s Executive Education workshops are able to meet the professional development needs of more than 6,000 public sector employees each year.
Professor 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:
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:
Workshop leader – Professor Dana H. Born
Prof 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.
This workshop will help participants develop the confidence and skills to tell a compelling evidence-based story with the power to influence change in all aspects of working life.
Dr Zina O'Leary will teach participants the importance of understanding an audience and their needs, knowing your own objective at the start, and finding the right balance of data and story.
Participants will discover how to create a credible, evidence-driven story that takes the audience on a journey, using language that motivates action. Participants will develop the ability to draw on their own unique attributes to deliver persuasive arguments with a convincing presence.
One-day program content:
Workshop presenters - Dr Zina O’Leary and Debra Lawrance
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.
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.”
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 in leadership modules will include:
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.
I had been waiting a year to attend this workshop - it was worth the wait! I came away with useful, practical information and ideas that I can apply to my own work. - 2016 workshop participant
Learn about the importance of evaluation for public sector programs and how to gather and assess evidence in a practical workshop presented by respected academic and advisor Dr George Argyrous and experienced evaluator and author Professor Patricia Rogers.
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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.
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.
Facilitated by BehaviourWorks Australia (Monash University), The Behaviour change in public policy masterclass will help participants understand how to avoid common behaviour change mistakes.
Participants will develop a better understanding of behavioural drivers, discover how to design and test interventions supported by the right data and methods to collect the right data, and how to evaluate impact. Participants will be shown how to apply a behavioural lens to problems faced by policy makers at any level.
The workshop will equip participants with tools that can increase the chances of behaviour change in a target audience. The methods covered in this workshop can be scaled for projects of different sizes and with different budgetary parameters.
Workshop leaders – BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) team (Professor Liam Smith, Mark Boulet and Sarah Kneebone)
BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) is a research enterprise within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Their team brings together leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners to find behavioural solutions to real-world problems.
Through their research they assist government departments, private sector and not-for-profit organisations make informed decisions on which behaviour change approaches are most likely to succeed in tackling wide range of social, environmental and organisational problems.
They have worked on hundreds of behaviour change programs across the areas of health, sustainability, finance, regulation and compliance, energy, social inclusion, safety, consumer decision-making, organisational change, community engagement and more.
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.
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.
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 don’t have to have a financial or economist background to benefit.
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.
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:
All of his workshops include practical exercises, interactive discussion and the use of real-world examples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Workshop presenters – Dr George Argyrous and Professor Patricia Rogers
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.
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.”
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:
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).
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.
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.
Dr Nick Fleming will introduce participants to a range of specific tools and techniques that can be immediately applied in their work context. They will be equipped to view project challenges afresh and to identify how to move ahead with confidence. He draws on a range of theories from world experts to deliver a very practical approach.
Workshop Leader – Dr Nick Fleming
Dr Nick Fleming is the 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.
For nearly 25 years Dr Fleming has consulted across infrastructure, water, natural resources, energy, mining and defence sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the UK and Americas, receiving multiple awards for his work. He works with a range of government and private sector clients across Australia on issues of public policy development, business model redesign, innovative project strategies and leadership development.
“Nick is a gifted teacher who ensured everyone participated. He made the topics interesting and approachable and consistently demonstrated how we could apply the lessons learned.” - Past participant
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:
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.
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.”
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:
Communicate for impact and influence
This workshop was very valuable – well worth the time. I'll definitely recommend it to my staff. - Past participantt
Develop the skills and confidence to deliver persuasive messages and presentations that let your unique strengths shine through. This two-day, interactive workshop is a must for anyone who needs to create evidence-driven communication that will inspire action.
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