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APS 5-6 Leadership & Skills Week

27th - 30th, August 2024 / Canberra, AU
Discount ends in 11 days


Unlock your leadership potential and develop critical skills to advance your APS career

• Effective leadership strategies for high-performance outcomes
• Advanced decision-making skills to tackle complex challenges
• Enhance critical thinking abilities for strategic problem-solving
• Foster innovation and adaptability in the APS


Michael Collins

One of the region’s leading talent, leadership and change experts with over 25 years experience in roles spanning Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Serving in executive roles within the Australian Defence Force and Coca-Cola Amatil. Michael is a trusted adviser, thought leader and seasoned practitioner in the field of leadership assessment and development, armed with academic credentials including an MBA and a PhD in neurocognitive leadership, he blends practical experience with scholarly insight in his role as a trusted adviser and thought leader.

High Potential Officer

Dr Karen Whittingham

Karen is one of Australia’s leading executive management development specialists who has worked with thousands of executives to transition them into senior leadership roles quickly and effectively. She is an Organisational Psychologist passionate about people’s success and facilitating their careers to rise. She teaches Organisational psychology at UNSW and works with ASX listed companies and large public sector organisations to drive engagement, inclusion, and performance.

Impact Psychology Pty Ltd



Understand Your Personal Leadership Values

- Reflect on personal and professional experiences to uncover core values

- Define specific leadership goals aligned with personal values

- Assess your natural leadership style through self-assessment tools

- Create an action plan to integrate core values and authentic leadership practices

Emotional Intelligence (EI) in the Workplace

- Complete an Emotional Intelligence self-assessment and identify areas for improvement

- Conduct a strengths assessment for yourself and your team members

- Develop strategies to leverage individual strengths within the team

- Foster an environment that encourages open communication and emotional expression

  • Michael Collins High Potential Officer Hipotential


Tools to Manage and Lead Productive Teams

- Understand the shift from technical management to people leadership

- Leverage your leadership skills to better motivate and engage your team

- Build team capacity through coaching and performance feedback

- Implement strategies to enhance team collaboration and productivity


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

- Maintain strong internal and external networks

  • Michael Collins High Potential Officer Hipotential


Unpacking Critical Thinking Techniques

- The cognitive principles, tools and strategies essential to critical thinking

- Reviewing critical thinking tools, identifying limitations and strengths

- Learning how to objectively collect and evaluate evidence

- Developing whole-brain thinking and exploring creative thinking for generating new ideas and making connections 

Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving in the APS

- Review the current context and landscape for critical thinking and problem-solving in the APS

- How critical thinking provides the necessary lens to frame problems rationally and produce evidence-based solutions

- Cultivating your skills and maintaining your edge as a critical thinker 

  • Dr Karen Whittingham Director Impact Psychology Pty Ltd


Problem-Solving Methods and Key Tools

- Reviewing common types of problems

- Root cause analysis - getting to the heart of the problem

- Explore how Systems Thinking is applied to provide clarity around root causes, interdependencies, possible constraints and outcomes

- Creating a process map or mind map to provide clarity around the problem

- Creative problem-solving techniques and activities 


Working with Others on Problem-Solving

- Facilitating a shared understanding of issues and problems

- Preparation and presentation of evidence-based arguments and solutions

- Resolving conflict and challenges in group problem solving

- Addressing cognitive biases, ideological conflict and problems arising in groups

  • Dr Karen Whittingham Director Impact Psychology Pty Ltd


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