ANZSOG’s Towards Strategic Leadership: In a Time of Prolonged Crisis (TSL - ITPC) is a unique program tailored to prepare participants to address the exceptional challenges facing public servants today. Held over 8 weeks, TSL - ITPC will help public sector leaders develop the qualities needed to thrive in volatile and uncertain times: a strategic outlook, political astuteness, personal resilience and the capacity to reflect, collaborate, lead and learn continuously.
Maintaining the spirit and tradition of the popular Towards Strategic Leadership program, TSL - ITPC will continue to have a keen focus on personal reflection but focused explicitly on the context of our current prolonged crisis environment.
TSL - ITPC is specifically designed to meet the needs of senior public servants and to provide participants with the opportunity to reflect, learn and grow in order that they are able to carry out their roles with clarity, wisdom and energy.
Participants will leave the program with a defined sense of purpose, a stronger sense of self and the ability to recognise and manage urgent and important tasks within their organisation and the public sector more broadly. TSL - ITPC offers best-practice online delivery and will nurture an inspiring environment where learning can happen that otherwise does not take place in a work context filled with day-to-day pressures or in a conventional classroom setting.
Participants will be co-contributors and an integral ingredient to the program’s success. TSL - ITPC will harness the knowledge and experience of participants who, as professional peers, share a common language and a commitment to public service.
The entire program is run under Chatham House Rule.
Dates: 21 October - 17 December 2020
Cost: $15,000 AUD (excluding GST)
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Towards Strategic Leadership: In a time of prolonged crisis FAQs
TSL - ITPC is the ideal program for senior public sector professionals, such as Directors and Branch Managers, and more generally those who are in the process of moving from tactical to strategic leadership roles. The program is designed to help them perform their roles with purpose, good judgment, and strategic nous. TSL - ITPC will provide a tangible boost in confidence and capabilities and prepare leaders to face senior executive responsibilities.
We are collectively in unchartered territory. The pressures of day by day crisis response can feel overwhelming. Yet the public service is also expected to maintain a long-term perspective and discern strategic opportunities for renewal and transformation in what seems like an ocean of trouble. It is therefore critical that public servants continue to invest in developing their leadership capabilities and their professional resilience in order to lead adaptive responses to the exceptional circumstances we face.
TSL - ITPC is not your average leadership program. It has innovative and respected program co-directors at the helm. Paul ‘t Hart brings 35 years of research, consulting and training on crisis leadership throughout the world to the program. Robbie Macpherson has been training and coaching corporate, community sector and public sector executives in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand for over two decades. They have co-facilitated TSL for over 10 years. Like its TSL ‘mother ship’, TSL - ITPC creates a dynamic forum which combines non-traditional learning methods, such as extensive individual and group-based reflection and real-world as well as real-time COVID-19 case studies, with peer consultations and critical thinking.
Across eight modules, participants explore:
TSL - ITPC encourages participants to identify personal and institutional strengths and weaknesses, helping them understand their personal leadership styles, and how their roles fit within their organisation, the broader public sector and the community.
Participants will develop reflective and strategic thinking and discover tools to discern and address the urgent and strategically important tasks, with an emphasis on integrating them into their everyday practices.
TSL - ITPC is delivered online over 2 x full-day sessions and 6 x 3-hour sessions over 8 weeks, with combination of:
There will also be 6 hours of offline leadership consultation group work.
What does it mean to deal with significant crisis demands and maintain a strategic perspective? To provide participants with the requisite tools, the program has two main thematic thrusts, that will be interwoven in the structure of the program and both the asynchronous and live activities:
A. Strategic leadership
B. Crisis leadership
The work of crisis leadership
Paul 't Hart
Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration in The Hague. His experience with leadership is based on extensive and close-up research, training and consulting in the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. He has published over 50 books on political and public service leadership, crisis management, public accountability, and success and failure in public governance. During the first four months of COVID-19 he lectured and facilitated for dozens of government entities in the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada and Australia.
Managing Director of Adaptable Leadership and Principal at Reos Partners, a global consultancy that drives thinking and practice in solving tough, systemic problems. He has extensive experience developing senior public sector leaders as well as executives in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked in Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands, the US and South Africa.
Owned by and working for the governments of Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand, ANZSOG is not a regular training or education provider. We work with our government owners and university partners to create and deliver education programs and research which is tailored to meet the needs of public sector leaders today.
Led by renowned academics and top practitioners from the government and non-government sectors, ANZSOG’s programs, unlike those of a standard business school, provide public servants with the capabilities and tools they need to address the distinct challenges they face on a day to day basis.
Who should I nominate?
Nominate a public sector executive, such as a Director or Branch Manager, or someone who is moving, or is ready to move, from an operational to a strategic leadership role.
The program will suit those seeking clarity in their decision-making to help them perform their roles with purpose and good judgment.
The sponsoring government or agency covers program costs, including tuition fee and program materials.
The ANZSOG experience reaches well beyond the classroom. The national and international networks to which participants gain access to while completing the TSL - ITPC program will be invaluable throughout their career.
Our Alumni Program helps participants to maintain and build on their peer-to-peer relationships, creating a broad community of public sector managers from around Aotearoa-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.
Participants will have opportunities to immediately apply new insights to their workplace and are encouraged to share what they learn with others.We encourage sponsoring managers to facilitate such opportunities for participants to ‘give back’ and add further value.
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