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6th APS 5-6 HIGH PERFORMANCE AND LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

April 28th - May 1st, 2020
Canberra, AU

Explore your step-change plan to a leadership role and fast-track your next career move

Speakers

CAPT Lloyd Hewitt

A dynamic, adaptable and innovative Senior Executive in the Royal Australian Navy with a proven track record in successful delivery of a wide range of highly complex programs, projects and change initiatives. With significant experience in the field of business and system analysis, Lloyd have excelled in lead roles in major change programs in the Defence sector.

Deputy Program Director
Department of Defence

  • Misha Kaur

    Assistant Commissioner

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Jennifer Bardsley

    Assistant Secretary, Traveller Cargo & Trade Systems

    Department of Home Affairs
  • Jason Borton

    Executive Branch Manager

    ACT Education Directorate
  • Elizabeth McDonald

    General Manager Diversity, Inclusion & STEM

    Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Jancye Winter

    Senior Director of Industry Development & Strategic Policy

    Community Services Directorate, ACT Government
  • Hamish Millikan

    Director, Human Resources

    Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • Alexandra Grant

    Director, National Skills Reform Taskforce

    Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Helen Wright

    Director, Historical Heritage

    Department of the Environment & Energy
  • Jo Chivers

    Director, Higher Education Program Management

    Department of Education and Training
  • Simone Cook

    Director, People & Performance

    City of Canterbury Bankstown
  • Sandy Davies

    Director Community & People

    Penrith City Council
  • Sophia Carlini

    Assistant Director

    Department of Defence
  • Kate Buggy

    National Manager Taskforce Integrity and Fraud Investigations

    Department of Human Services
  • Stuart Crome

    Manager, Workforce Development and Protocol

    Australian Federal Police
  • Matthew Johnson

    Lead Data Analyst, Office of the Chief Data Officer

    IP Australia
  • Michelle Chant

    Principal, Change & Leadership

    The Change Collective
  • Liz Van Vliet

    Certified Coach, Consultant, Trainer & Podcast Host

    Being Indispensable
  • Kym Viant

    Leadership Facilitator & Coach

    Quench Group
  • Garry Mills

    Presenter & Coach

    Garry Mills Peak Performance

Overview

- Innovate your career path by thinking outside the box, moving horizontally and laterally
- Embrace change head-on and develop resilient positivity
- Refine leadership skills and enhance your strengths
- Explore strategies for career progression

Agenda

The X-factor - Standing out from the crowd
Building Block - It begins with you
The changing face of change
The journey from APS 6 to EL1
Insights into imposter syndrome
You didn’t get that promotion. Now what?
Building Block - Reflect, learn & grow
Embracing twists, turns & opportunities
What makes a leader?
Building Block - Focus on your success
Find the courage to discover your true career path
Balance competing demands
The upskilling & reskilling revolution
Remain resilient in a changing environment
Leading through transformation
Your leadership future - Directions for APS 5-6
Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
Summit Day 1

28 Apr

Case Study

Anyone can sit in a corner office and delegate tasks, but there is more to successful leadership than that. It takes leadership presence - the X factor - to influence teams and the broader organisation. But how do you make yourself a compelling and authentic leader in the Public Sector? Misha will take you through her journey up the ladder and examine what you can do to make yourself stand out from the crowd. 


- Understand your motivations, strengths and weaknesses

- Discover the power of active listening and master strategies to give and receive feedback

- Develop strategies for putting yourself forward for progression

  • Misha Kaur Assistant Commissioner Australian Taxation Office

Break-Out Session

This interactive mini-session meets you where you are, helps you identify areas for improvement, and celebrate what's working well.

  • Liz Van Vliet Certified Coach, Consultant, Trainer & Podcast Host Being Indispensable

Case Study

When working in the public sector, change is unexpected and uncontrollable. While there’s often little you can do about the nature of change, you can make sure you have the processes in place to deal with it - and that’s where leadership is crucial. Kate reflects on the recent spate of change her department has faced, how they’ve managed their response, and what you can do to prepare for transformation in your organisation. 


- Master communication in high-pressure situations 

- Learn how you can make an impact, regardless of your position 

- Strengthen your resilience towards change 

  • Kate Buggy National Manager Taskforce Integrity and Fraud Investigations Department of Human Services

Panel

When transitioning from APS6 to EL1, you evolve from a technical specialist to a strategic leader. You will take on a diplomatic role while being responsible for the leadership and mentorship of junior staff. In this panel discussion, hear from public sector professionals who have made the transition and learn how they took the next step. 


- The expectations of an EL 1 leader

- Gain access to professional success stories and explore the transition from APS to EL

- Position yourself for promotion and take the next step

  • Jennifer Bardsley Assistant Secretary, Traveller Cargo & Trade Systems Department of Home Affairs

  • Jancye Winter Senior Director of Industry Development & Strategic Policy Community Services Directorate, ACT Government

  • Jo Chivers Director, Higher Education Program Management Department of Education and Training

Mini-Workshop

Ever felt like you're not good enough? That you don't deserve or aren't ready for that promotion? You're not alone. 70% of women and over 50% of men have experienced imposter syndrome, a persistent nagging sense of self-doubt and insecurity affecting your personal and professional life. In this interactive mini-workshop session, Gary will help you identify imposter syndrome, share strategies for overcoming self-doubt and discuss the power of positive self-talk. 


- Develop strategies to defeat self-doubt

- Learn to see fear as a motivator for your success

- Master positive self-talk to build confidence in your abilities 

  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Case Study

We all want to succeed in our jobs, so it hurts when things don’t go according to plan. Rejection can leave you wondering what went wrong - why was someone else chosen over you? The truth is you can learn as much from your setbacks as you can from your successes (if not more!). Sometimes missing one opportunity can be the key to landing the next. So how do you shake off a knockback and turn a roadblock into a rallying point? Sophia reflects on her career journey to EL1 and the mindset that helped her steer the course.


- Develop and leverage your unique strengths

- Dare to demand feedback when you don’t make the cut

- Master resilience by mimicking the behaviours of others

  • Sophia Carlini Assistant Director Department of Defence

Break-Out Session

This interactive mini-session provides time for reflection, focusing on lessons learned from the first day of the summit, re-evaluating your career goals, vision, and how to approach day 2 for maximum impact. 

  • Liz Van Vliet Certified Coach, Consultant, Trainer & Podcast Host Being Indispensable

Case Study

Most of us are programmed to apply and seek senior positions as we progress throughout our careers, but what if there are other strategies to put yourself forward? Helen has worked in the public sector for over seventeen years and has been heavily involved with the recruitment of senior staff. In this session, she will share tips and tricks for progressing your career in the APS and how you can put yourself forward for your dream role.


- Consider horizontal and lateral career progression

- Embrace professional networking with aspirational role models

- Maximise opportunities through preparation

  • Helen Wright Director, Historical Heritage Department of the Environment & Energy

Summit Day 2

29 Apr

Case Study

In an environment of financial constraints, limited resources, increasing strategic demands and skills shortages, building critical leadership skills for public sector leadership has become paramount to success. You may have your sights set on a management role, but it’s not until you see yourself as a leader that you’ll be able to realise your potential.


- Unpack fundamental leadership skills for successful management 

- Explore and discover your unique leadership style 

- Learn to influence up to gain positive career outcomes

  • Jason Borton Executive Branch Manager ACT Education Directorate

Break-Out Session

This interactive mini-session will build on the knowledge you’ve gained in day 1 of the summit. You will define career goals and establish your vision for the future.

  • Liz Van Vliet Certified Coach, Consultant, Trainer & Podcast Host Being Indispensable

Case Study

Do you ever stop to question if you’re on the right career path? Moving up the ranks in the public sector can feel like a narrow one-way street, but taking a step back can be as frightening as a step forward. You'll need to muster the courage to realise when you’re heading in the wrong direction or making a choice for the wrong reasons. Alex will share insights from her career journey, and how she dared to say no to a promotion when the timing was off.


- Leverage mentors to navigate your progression

- Build confidence and dare to say no

- Learn to prioritise what’s essential for you and your success

  • Alexandra Grant Director, National Skills Reform Taskforce Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Panel

Moving into a leadership position can be daunting and overwhelming. On top of balancing your workload and responsibilities, you must now assist your team with theirs. Prioritisation is an exemplary quality of leadership, though tricky to master. In this interactive panel discussion, you will hear from leaders at different levels of the APS on how they balance their workload and structure their days to best support their team. 


- Set clear expectations for yourself and your team 

- Embrace the power of asking for help when you need it and instil this in others

- Develop strategies for prioritisation

  • Hamish Millikan Director, Human Resources Commonwealth Ombudsman

  • Sandy Davies Director Community & People Penrith City Council

  • Stuart Crome Manager, Workforce Development and Protocol Australian Federal Police

Mini-Workshop

In the public sector, change is part of everyday life, and often out of your control. So how do you prepare yourself for monumental shifts? How do you help your team navigate stormy waters? With 210 million people expected to change occupations by 2030, versatile talents are the solution to finding calm among the chaos. This interactive session will explore strategies for developing resilience through continual upskilling and reskilling.


- Develop a plan (and a backup plan) through career mapping 

- Maximise employer-supported internal and external study 

- Stay up-to-date by joining an industry or professional association

  • Michelle Chant Principal, Change & Leadership The Change Collective

Panel

Departmental restructures are due to take place in February 2020. Are you prepared for the road ahead? Your ability to cope with pressure, adversity and uncertainty will be determined by proactive behaviours, thoughts and actions. Our panel will share strategies for dealing with change in the workplace and how they’ve managed to remain resilient through the process. 


- Embrace change head-on and develop strategies for remaining positive

- Understand the value of self-care in remaining resilient at home and work

- Establish and leverage social support structures within your team

  • Elizabeth McDonald General Manager Diversity, Inclusion & STEM Australian Bureau of Meteorology

  • Simone Cook Director, People & Performance City of Canterbury Bankstown

  • Matthew Johnson Lead Data Analyst, Office of the Chief Data Officer IP Australia

Case Study

Many high performing managers, leaders and executives find themselves faced with leading a challenging transformation program - but only a few know how to prepare. Lloyd will speak about his leadership journey from a junior sailor in the navy to Deputy Program Director in the Department of Defence, as well as best practice leadership skills for leading transformation in your organisation.


- Maximise engagement and minimise obstacles during transformation

- Learn from your mistakes

- Create a sense of urgency and then maintain it for the long haul

  • CAPT Lloyd Hewitt Deputy Program Director Department of Defence

Roundtable

In this interactive closing session, you will use your building blocks to consolidate key takeaways from the past two days, identify areas for professional development, and build an action plan for your leadership future.  


- Reflect on key learnings from the summit

- Identify areas for professional development

- Use your strengths to develop an action plan

  • Liz Van Vliet Certified Coach, Consultant, Trainer & Podcast Host Being Indispensable

Post-Summit Workshop

30 Apr - 01 May

Workshop

Personal leadership values

- The capabilities, attributes and skills of an effective leader

- Identify your core values and goals as a leader

- Leadership styles and how they impact you 

- Shape your leadership brand

 

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Evaluate your EQ level and identify opportunities for growth

- Understand individual strengths and how to optimise EQ in teams 

- Leverage your EQ in the workplace

- Embrace qualities of empathy to become a better leader 


Lead and manage productive teams

- Maintain team cohesion and build productive relationships 

- Understand the shift between technical management and people leadership

- Leverage your leadership skills to motivate and engage your team

- Build team capacity through coaching and performance feedback

 

Effective and practical decision making

- Strategies to build team decision-making capabilities 

- Make autonomous and independent decisions 

- Draw on your experience, knowledge and judgement to make better decisions

- Deal with complex issues - making the ‘right’ decision

  • Kym Viant Leadership Facilitator & Coach Quench Group

Workshop

Successful change and strategic management

- Set achievable, manageable and measurable goals 

- Problem identification and problem-solving strategies 

- Support and influence stakeholders through change 

- Leadership styles that drive effective transformation and change 

 

Develop resilience to thrive in times of change

- Effectively manage change and uncertainty in the workplace

- Identify and monitor changes that impact your work environment

- Support your team, organisation and stakeholders through change

- Implement policies and procedures that reflect and embrace change

 

Stakeholder engagement and management

- Manage stakeholder relationships to achieve agency goals

- Identify and meet stakeholder needs and expectations

- Develop effective relationships with stakeholders

- Maintain strong internal and external networks

 

Key approaches for APS leaders to implement personal strategies back in the workplace

- Be an authentic leader and communicator

- Trust your initiative and judgement

- Embrace resilience and flexibility as key leadership skills

- Plan and commit to actions that will lead to success


  • Kym Viant Leadership Facilitator & Coach Quench Group

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18 National Circuit, Canberra, ACT, 2600, Australia

+61 2 6163 1800

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