1. What are the program fees?

$15,000 AUD (excluding GST).

2. What does the program fee include?

The fee includes all program materials, teaching faculty and facilitation, learning management system access.

3. When do applications open?

Applications are open now.

4. When do applications close?

Applications close 9 October 2020.

5. How do I apply for the program?

There is a link to the online application form here.

6. What is the cancellation policy?

Like the regular TSL program, places on the TSL - ITPC program will be hotly contested. Once you have been accepted into the program, cancellation will only be considered in exceptional circumstances due to the difficulty of refilling your place at short notice.

7. When is the program being held?

The 2020 program is being delivered online from October 21 - December 17, 2020.

8. How many times per year does the program run?

The TSL program only runs once per year. In 2020 the TSL - ITPC program is tailored specifically to address the leadership challenges currently being experienced in a time of prolonged crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated effects.

9. Who is the program for?

TSL - ITPC is the ideal program for leaders seeking to improve their strategic thinking and the clarity of their decision-making to help them perform with purpose and good judgment. The program will provide you with a tangible boost in confidence and with the capabilities required to succeed in senior executive roles. If you are seeking to move into a leadership role requiring a more strategic outlook, then TSL - ITPC is the ANZSOG program for you.

10. Can I speak with an alumnus?

If you are interested in applying for TSL - ITPC, we encourage you to speak to our TSL alumni to get an insider's perspective. Please contact our Programs Team, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to arrange an introduction.

11. Do I need managerial approval to attend the program?

Yes. In submitting the application form, you confirm that your manager agrees to support you to participate in the program and that your organisation will pay the full program fee if your application is successful. Your manager will also receive a copy of your application via email.

12. When will I be invoiced?

Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the selection committee and you will be advised as soon as possible of the outcome. Once you have received formal acceptance into the program, your organisation will be invoiced.

13. Who teaches into the program?

Towards Strategic Leadership is co-led by Paul 't Hart, Professor Utrecht University and Netherlands School of Government and Robbie Macpherson, Managing Director, Adaptable Leadership.

14. How long is the program?

The program runs over 8 weeks, one day per week. There are also additional small group discussions arranged at the discretion of those in the group you will be assigned to.

15. How big is the cohort?

The program offers a maximum of 40 places each year. A selection committee will assess each applicant’s level and experience and, where possible, seek a balance of jurisdictions and departments.

16. What are the program (learning) outcomes?

Strategic leadership

  • Self, role, system
  • Authority vs Leadership
  • Technical vs adaptive challenges
  • Relational work: informal authority and leadership capital
  • Identity work: navigating us and them
  • Communicative work: rhetoric, dramaturgy, symbolism
  • Political work: up, down, and out
  • Collaborative work: Leading when no one is ‘in charge’.

Crisis leadership

Crisis contexts

  • Crises: events and constructions
  • Threat, uncertainty and urgency
  • ‘Big-bang’ crises: Acute emergencies
  • Creeping crises: Wicked problems
  • Mega crises: Transboundary and protracted emergencies
  • Responding to crises: Institutional coping and adaptation
  • The politics of crises: Accountability, blame and exploitation.

The work of crisis leadership

  • Sense-making work: diagnosing in the face of uncertainty
  • Decision-making work: making the big calls
  • Coordination work: ensuring alignment of effort
  • Meaning-making work: shaping the frame, managing collective stress
  • Accounting work: navigating blame games
  • Termination work: nudging towards closure
  • Learning work: fostering productive adaptation.

17. Will I become part of the alumni community upon completion of the program?

Yes, you will. Our Alumni Program helps participants to maintain and build on their peer-to-peer relationships, creating a broad community of public sector managers from across 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.

Towards Strategic Leadership: In a Time of Prolonged Crisis