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16th - 17th, August 2022
Canberra, AU

Your leadership journey starts here


- Skills and capabilities of a confident and successful Public Sector professional
- Flexible thinking practices for effective decision making
- Effective change management principles and practices
- Career planning and pathways in APS roles


Mark Butz

Mark’s diverse work experience includes more than 26 years in senior positions in government agencies, complemented by voluntary participation in community sector governance, and since 2002 working as a consultant, facilitator, trainer, and writer. He has particular interest and expertise in building connection and bridging gaps of understanding. He has found this to be fundamental to unlocking the potential of teamwork and collaboration, and to averting detrimental aspects of conflicts in values, styles, and ways of thinking. He is a member of the International Association of Facilitators, Australasian Facilitators Network, Asia-Pacific Institute for Learning and Performance, and Environment Institute of Australia & NZ. He has been training others in communication, facilitation, leadership, and conflict transformation for more than 25 years, across all States and Territories of Australia, and in New Zealand, India and Nauru. His work draws on principles learned as a practitioner of tai chi and mindfulness meditation, and from deep personal interest in landscape ecology, social history, and mythology.

Futures by Design


Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
APS 4 Essential Skills Workshop

16 Aug - 17 Aug


Establish your personal and professional values

- Assess the skills, capabilities and attributes of an effective leader

- Establish your core values at the heart of your professional band

- Learn to demonstrate your value to the organisation

- Become a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner


Coaching, supervising and managing relationships - the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Understand the impact of EQ on your performance 

- Use authenticity, acceptance and empathy to build trust

- Create and sustain relationships at all levels in the organisation

- Identify opportunities to develop your EQ and the EQ of others


Increase accountability and positively influence others

- Enhance team cohesion, engagement and motivation

- Make a business case - provide sound advice and recommendations 

- Study conflict resolution techniques and models 

- Build team capacity through performance feedback and coaching


Harness the ability to problem solve and make effective decisions 

- Use flexible thinking styles to find solutions

- Re-frame your thinking to solve problems 

- Trust your experience to develop robust decision-making processes

- Balance independent and group decision-making efforts

  • Mark Butz Principal Futures by Design


Understand change management principles

- Develop new styles for managing transformation and change 

- Improve situational awareness and solution finding

- Support stakeholders and teams through changes 

- Learn to set measurable goals and communicate expectations clearly


Improve stakeholder management for career success

- Expand influence and better understand stakeholder interests and needs 

- Resolve complex enquiries and competing viewpoints

- Strengthen your negotiation skills

- Form and maintain stronger stakeholder relationships


Develop resilience in times of uncertainty  

- Support others through challenging times 

- Grow strong internal and external networks for advice 

- Develop strength through diversity of thought

- Invest in self-care - Maintain your emotional and physical wellbeing

Key approaches to grow trust, credibility and build confidence in your abilities

- Trust models - learn to generate trust the quick and slow method

- Be courageous - trust yourself to perform 

- Embrace flexibility on the road to success

- Commit to a conscious development path

  • Mark Butz Principal Futures by Design



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Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia

02 6122 0999

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