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28th - 29th, March 2023
Canberra, AU

Develop strategic thinking and advanced problem solving abilities required of EL banded officers


- Apply practical outcome-driven strategic thinking and problem solving models
- Explore a structured systems thinking approach to analysing problems and formulating strategy
- Understand your role as an executive leader in empowering others to solve problems
- Overcome common roadblocks to strategic thinking and problem solving


Michael Collins

Michael Collins is one of the region’s leading talent, leadership and change experts with over 25 years of experience in roles spanning Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is a trusted adviser, thought leader and seasoned practitioner in the field of leadership assessment and development, in particular he specialises in identifying and discovering high potential leaders, differentiating leadership talent, neuropsychology and organisational change. 

High Potential Officer


Workshop Day One
Workshop Day Two
EL1 & EL2 Strategic Thinking & Advanced Problem Solving Workshop

28 Mar - 29 Mar


Strategic thinking and problem solving in the APS

- How the current strategic context is shaping the APS

- APS executive-level leadership and the importance of strategic thinking and problem solving

- Responding to emerging strategic challenges in the APS

Strategic thinking skills and tools

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

- Common limitations and challenges to strategic thinking

- Models, tools and tactics to shape strategic thinking

Advanced problem solving for executive leaders

- How to objectively collect and evaluate evidence

- Exploring reason-based approaches to problem solving

- Applying rational and creative problem solving tools and techniques to address strategic issues

Leading and influencing others on strategic issues

- Effectively engaging stakeholders to understand the problem and identifying potential solutions

- Integrating multi-stakeholder perspectives and facilitating shared understanding

- Resolving conflict and disagreement in group problem solving

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Definition: Understanding the problem

- Reaching agreement on the problem: Defining key variables, known causes, structure, scope, stakeholder impact, interdependencies and constraints 

- Evaluating problem impacts

- Developing solution criteria and the problem solving approach

Analysis: Identifying and evaluating possible solutions

- Generating and evaluate solutions based on feasibility, impact and risk

- Taking stock of required skills, knowledge and resources to resolve the problem or realise the opportunity

- Leadership, management, planning and team deployment considerations 

Implementation: from strategy to results

- Testing solutions: prototypes, pilots, simulations

- Adopting a systematic approach to solution implementation

- Building engagement and embedding change 

Overcoming roadblocks to strategic thinking and problem solving

- Cognitive biases, ideological paradigms and group-based

- The inherently challenging nature of ‘wicked problems’ 

- Cultivating your skills and maintaining your edge as a strategic thinker and problem solver

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