The 8th
Redefining the future of the APS
Conference Date
18th - 22nd November 2019
QT Canberra
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Masterclass Agenda

    Two Day Post Summit Public Sector Women in Leadership Masterclass

         Thursday 21st November 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm           

         Friday 22nd November 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm

Building your leadership legacy

The APS is in a constant state of transition, where leaders are valued for their ability to drive productivity in teams, manage complex situations and remain resilient to challenges. To succeed in this type of environment is essential to develop your leadership brand and values, and understand how these are influenced by and align with those of the APS. You’ll need to develop inclusive and high performing teams, and be able to lead them to innovate and drive business improvement.

This hands-on, two-day interactive masterclass has been designed to equip you with the tools you need to navigate a successful career in the Public Sector.  To help you overcome barriers to success faced by women and develop the skills, team and productivity you need to succeed.

Why should you attend this masterclass

  • Understand how APS values impact the way you work
  • Hear from a panel of guest speakers who will share their leadership journeys in the Public Sector
  • Learn how to build inclusive, diverse, high performing teams and drive change in the APS

What you will take away from attending

  • Tools to lead innovation and business improvement in a Public Sector environment
  • Strategies to overcome barriers to success
  • A professional development plan
Masterclass Facilitator

Alison has over 25 years’ experience in organisational and leadership development across the public and private sectors, including
Queensland Treasury, The Department of Education and Training and the Department of Transport and Main Roads. As a trained and
experienced psychologist, coach and facilitator, she works with senior teams to implement organisational transformation, leadership and
cultural change programs that provide genuine return on investment. Alison’s methodology in consulting, coaching and facilitation draws
on the disciplines of psychology and management tailored to each client based on their needs. Her approach centres around relational
leadership and applied action learning.

Alison has been responsible for leading large teams and organisational interventions, as well as designing and implementing successful,
innovative and award winning development programs. Her real world experience is coupled with passion, drive and energy for people
development, as well as a strong focus on implementing practical solutions that get results. Alison specialises in culture change, leadership
development, executive coaching and career transition.

Day 1 

Thursday 21st November 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm

8.30 Registration coffee & networking

9.00 Welcome and opening interactive session

9.10 Understanding & overcoming barriers to leading innovation in the public sector

  • Understanding the characteristics of leaders who encourage innovation
  • Creating a culture where innovation thrives a space that is slow to change
  • Taking lessons from neuroscience to unleash our creative potential

10.30 Morning tea & networking

11.00 Tools & process to capture business improvement

  • Why is continuous improvement important to the public sector?
  • Harnessing the power of “2 pizza teams” to accelerate productivity and get things done
  • Using “sprints” as a process to help find really fast solutions to difficult problems. 
  • Challenging assumptions in ourselves and others to enable us to challenge the status quo

12.30 Networking lunch

1.30 Driving change in the APS – Building inclusive & diverse teams

  • Unconscious bias and how it affects recruitment and other management decisions
  • Creating an inclusive culture with a continued focus on change and growth
  • Unlocking the power of diversity – practical tools to ensure your team’s diversity thrives
  • Celebrating cultural differences within your team and the wider organisation

2.45 Afternoon tea & networking

3.15  Creating & maintaining high-performing teams where work is aligned with government priorities

  • Being clear about where you are going as a team, and focussing on your top priorities
  • Learn the management practices you can adopt to enable you to foster high-performance
  • Develop and plan your teams pathway to high-performance 

4.30 Closing remarks & close of Day One

Day 2 

Friday 22nd November 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm

8.30 Welcome coffee & networking

9.00 Building a leadership brand within the Public Sector

  • Why your leadership brand matters
  • Learn what your brand is, by unpacking who you are and what you stand for
  • Proactively articulating your personal brand to be more accountable for your leadership impact
  • Strategies to acknowledge and build your leadership brand

10.30 Morning tea & networking

11.00 Values based leadership – Understanding how APS values define the way we work & lead

  • Aligning your personal values with organisational values
  • Living your values to set the foundation for a grounded and confident leadership approach
  • Engaging employees by connecting them to your and your organisations purpose
  • Practical ways to engage your teams in values and behaviour conversations

12.30 Networking lunch

1.30 Your Professional Development Plan and the role of mentors, coaches and sponsors

  • What is mentoring and could you be a mentor
  • Tools for planning a mentor session and overcoming common mentoring challenges
  • Coaching – what is coaching and how to choose a professional leadership coach
  • Your leadership goals – bringing together your brand, values, and future plans

3.00 Afternoon tea & networking

Workshop Summation

  • Develop your personal leadership development plan
  • Overview of Day 1 and Day 2
  • Final Points
  • Q & A

4.30 Closing remarks & close of Masterclass