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PUBLIC SECTOR AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

21st - 24th, September 2021
Virtual / Streaming

Essential strategies to develop a dynamic, authentic and effective leadership identity

Overview

- Discover the foundations of authentic and ethical public sector leadership
- Develop strategies for governing and leading through adversity
- Power success through mentorship and empowerment
- Build mental mechanisms for personal and professional success

Speakers

  • Elizabeth Cosson

    Secretary

    Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Kerren Crosthwaite

    First Assistant Secretary, Drought & Bushfire Response Division

    Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Mark Bazzacco

    Chief of Staff & Director, Strategy

    CSIRO
  • Rachel Lloyd

    Assistant Secretary, Data Modelling and Finance

    Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Elizabeth Carroll

    Chief Legal Counsel

    IP Australia
  • Thao Le

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer

    ACT Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate
  • Jason Borton

    Executive Branch Manager

    ACT Education Directorate
  • Simone Richter

    Group Executive, Nuclear Science & Technology and Landmark Infrastructure

    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Jennifer Moltisanti

    Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Anne Moffat

    Chief Operations Officer

    Department of Transport & Main Roads QLD
  • Alex Allars

    Executive Branch Manager, People & Performance

    ACT Government
  • Doris Gibb

    National Manager, Ministerial and Parliamentary Services

    Services Australia
  • CAPT Marc Pavillard

    Engagement Lead, National Bushfire Recovery Agency

    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Alexandra Blood

    Executive Director, Mineral Resources

    Department for Energy and Mining SA
  • Michael Collins

    High Potential Officer

    Hipotential
  • Garry Mills

    Presenter & Coach

    Garry Mills Peak Performance
  • Arabella Macpherson

    Founder & Communications Coach

    Resonate Communications

Agenda

Unleash your Potential - Set yourself up for Conference Success
Event Kick-Off and Networker
Leading through People - Influence, Empowerment & Inclusivity
Building Authentic Relationships - How to Trust and Be Trusted
The EQ Effect - Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in Communication
The Way We Work - The Importance of Feedback Culture in the Workplace
Employee Engagement - Vision, Mission and Values
Harness one another's Strengths - Basic Brain Science for Creating Strong Professional and Social Networks
Action Planning for Day Two...
Managing Authenticity - The Paradox of Great Leadership
The Leader's Choice - Authenticity, Values & Ethics in Decision-Making
Reimagining Government and the Role of the Public Service
Creating Boundaries in a Reactive Space
Maintaining Productivity and Positivity in times of Uncertainty
Build your Authentic Leadership Brand
Authentic Leadership in Action
Move from Vision to Results - Excel your APS Executive Career
Pre-Summit Workshop

21 Sep

Workshop

Join your expert facilitator for an action-packed day of intensive leadership training, as you work on your mindset and develop the necessary skills to unleash your potential and thrive in the APS - and set yourself up for an fully optimised experience over the following two jam-packed conference days!

 

Maximise your leadership potential 

- Explore the key capabilities, attributes and skills of an effective Public Sector leader

- Identify your passion, purpose and core values as a leader

- Develop strategies to advocate your value as a leader

- Build your authentic professional brand and leadership identity

 

Build the fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

- Gain a deeper understanding of your EQ and identify opportunities for growth

- Explore the impact of your EQ on people and organisational climate

- Embrace the qualities of empathy and EQ to progress yourself as a leader

- Leverage your EQ as a personal strength in the workplace

 

Master high-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive, assertive communication and relationships 

- Establish rapport, credibility and influence 

- Develop techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influence with coaching skills and “conversational intelligence”

- Build strategies for preparing for and having difficult conversations with confidence

 

Set yourself up for conference success!

- Establish a leadership mindset for the conference to accelerate your career development

- Build strategies for leveraging insight from case studies, panels and expert-led sessions

- Discover tips, tricks and tools for maximising the virtual conference experience

- Develop a conference action plan to unlock your pathway to progression 

Summit Day One

22 Sep

Break-Out Session

Join Liquid Learning and your chair, Michael Collins, for this opening kick-off session as we prepare for two days of incredible speakers, senior leaders, expert deep-dives and unmissable panel discussions!


After opening remarks the whole room breaks up into INTERACTIVE GROUPS for you to meet one another, network, and outline your desired learning outcomes as we start unpacking the key themes of the conference!

Case Study

The world of work has changed a lot in the past decade, and most notably in the last year. Technology and projects have become more complex, organisational hierarchies have shifted, and multiple generations are now working together, each with their own expectation of desired interaction and process. And leadership has changed too. Leadership can no longer be a single person in charge, possessing all the knowledge, and solving all the problems for their teams. It must be about cultivating and leveraging the people around you to think and lead for themselves. Join Secretary, Liz Cosson, as she reflects on her own career and provides personal insight and professional experience on the power of leading through your people, using influence, empowerment and inclusivity as your tools. 


- Leverage and own your relationships

- Facilitate (don’t dictate) communication

- Empower your people to solve problems

  • Elizabeth Cosson Secretary Department of Veterans' Affairs

Case Study

Professional work relationships are built on trust, mutual respect and inclusivity. Good working relationships will not only make your job more enjoyable, but close-knit teams are typically more productive, innovative and collaborative. Above all, the professional connections you make at work will help to further your career. Join Assistant Commissioner, Jennifer Moltisanti, as she explore the importance of self-awareness and open communication in forming rewarding relationships at work, and provides you with practical tips and tools for getting the conversation started!


- Identify your relationship needs and find mutually beneficial goals

- Focus on your EQ and practice mindful listening

- Manage your boundaries and schedule time to build relationships

  • Jennifer Moltisanti Assistant Commissioner, Not for Profit Australian Taxation Office

Expert Commentary

There is a deep connection between one’s ability to successfully communicate and one’s ability to successfully lead. It’s not surprising then, that Emotional Intelligence is a hot topic these days. EQ impacts an executive’s ability to present key corporate issues with integrity and authenticity. It is about being able to listen well, to motivate and inspire others, to control your reactions, and to build strong relationships. Whether you are a new manager or a senior executive, developing your communication skills is essential, and one effective way to improve your communication skills is to strengthen your emotional intelligence. Join Communication Coach, Arabella Macpherson, as she provides you with the practical tips, tools and strategies for leveraging EQ in your communication.


- Understand how emotional intelligence impacts leadership and communication

- Increase self-awareness to identify your trigger points to reduce stress and respond rather than react

- Recognise the emotional states of others to influence thinking and behaviour

  • Arabella Macpherson Founder & Communications Coach Resonate Communications

Case Study

Building a healthy and strong culture in the workplace should be the #1 goal of any manager or leader. If your employees feel free to share what they think about your organisation, management, and other employees, they are more likely to be happy and engaged. That’s where feedback culture comes in. By creating a culture where feedback and honesty are valued, you can increase employee morale, build a better company, and increase job performance – all in one fell swoop. Join Jason as he provides you with practical tips and strategies for establishing a feedback culture in your team and organisation, and using constructive feedback as a tool for shaping desired behaviours and promotion learning.


- Nurture a growth mindset in your organisation

- Power your team with feedback tools

- Turn feedback into positive habits and desired behaviours

  • Jason Borton Executive Branch Manager ACT Education Directorate

Panel

An organisation’s vision, mission, and values are essential in defining its culture and engaging its employees but in order to achieve that it has to be aligned and connected to the work done by its employees. This needs to be more than just lip service - your vision, mission, and values have to be directly tied to the output of your employees and aligned with your values. This interwoven relationship is key for departments and agencies wanting to boost performance and achieve their vision. Join our panel of executive Public Sector leaders as they explore employee engagement, connecting individual vision with agency, and creating a positive, high-performing workplace culture. 


- Create purpose for every employee and align this with agency vision 

- Model behaviour and engage employees in the process

- Drive a workplace culture that supports service delivery and accountability


  • Mark Bazzacco Chief of Staff & Director, Strategy CSIRO

  • Rachel Lloyd Assistant Secretary, Data Modelling and Finance Department of Education, Skills and Employment

  • Anne Moffat Chief Operations Officer Department of Transport & Main Roads QLD

  • Alex Allars Executive Branch Manager, People & Performance ACT Government

  • Alexandra Blood Executive Director, Mineral Resources Department for Energy and Mining SA

Expert Commentary

Professional networking is vital to career growth! Many shudder at thought of "networking", associating it with awkwardness, cheesy events and the idea of ‘selling’ yourself. However, successful professional and social networks provide emotional and professional support in your daily life and can mean the difference between a mediocre career and a phenomenal career. Join former bodyguard to the Australian Prime Minister, Garry Mills, as you focus on the neuroscience that helps create trust, influence and shared success.


- Cutting-edge discoveries for more inclusive collaboration 

- Grow your trusted network

- Become an influential and confident partner

  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Summit Day Two

23 Sep

Break-Out Session

Welcome back for Day Two - there's a lot to digest from our amazing speakers and action modules so far!


Our expert facilitator Michael Collins, will recap the key learnings and takeaways from Day One, and help you prep an action plan to maximise your event experience over our jam-packed second day!

Case Study

Leadership demands the expression of an authentic self. Try to lead like someone else, and you will fail. But while the expression of an authentic self is necessary for great leadership, the concept of authenticity is often misunderstood! No leader can look into a mirror and say, “I am authentic.” A person cannot be authentic on his or her own. Authenticity is largely defined by what other people see in you and, as such, can be shaped, leveraged and controlled by you! Join First Assistant Secretary, Kerren Crosthwaite, as she reflects on her own career and provides you with insight into managing your own authenticity, and in turn, how this benefits both you and the people you lead.


- Invest time in knowing yourself and others

- Set goals for learning and experiment with your identity 

- Live your values not just your habits


  • Kerren Crosthwaite First Assistant Secretary, Drought & Bushfire Response Division Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Case Study

As a manager, there is a clear difference between being just a boss and being a leader. Where a boss orders, a leader guides; a boss manages, a leader inspires. A good leader sees it as their responsibility to inspire, guide and nurture their employees to help them improve; they lead by example. Join Marc as he reflects upon the incredible 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race rescue mission, where tenacity and valour were hallmarks of the sailors caught in the storm. Marc will recount the challenging circumstances his team needed to overcome and provide you with practical strategies for making authentic and ethical decisions under pressure.


- Define and align your personal values with your agency

- Leverage authenticity to when managing risks and making decisions under pressure

- Find role models and lead by example

  • CAPT Marc Pavillard Engagement Lead, National Bushfire Recovery Agency Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Panel

When the public sector focuses on innovation the game changes completely. It becomes one of constant learning, changing and growth. Teams collaborate, try new things and recognise challenges as opportunities to learn. Take the recent crisis. The last year has truly highlighted how capable Australian public leaders are at remaining resilient as they have learnt, adapted and progressed the state through testing times. So how might we continue to empower and enable our leaders to work in more innovative ways so that they can face the complex challenges in the APS?


- Embrace your vision for the future and instil this in your organisation

- Move towards community collaboration and sharing

- Leverage experimentation and learning to achieve progression


  • Elizabeth Carroll Chief Legal Counsel IP Australia

  • Thao Le Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer ACT Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate

  • Simone Richter Group Executive, Nuclear Science & Technology and Landmark Infrastructure Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Expert Commentary

It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle and positive mindset to be effective in the long term as a leader. Join your expert facilitator as you discuss the importance of knowing when to disengage from the demands of work and how to take a break from a switched-on office environment.


- Make boundaries a priority

- Understand the impact of overworking

- Keep the communication going while disconnecting

Case Study

Leadership practices and behaviours exhibited and endorsed by executive leaders define the culture of the workplace. As pressures and workloads increase, it is important that leaders have a range of tools and practices to assist them with increasing the morale at work and managing performance. Join Doris as she reflect on her own career and provides you with best practice tips and tools for thriving through uncertainty.


- Explore the key leadership behaviours for balancing people and results

- Develop practical tools and strategies to improve workplace productivity and positivity

- Build strategies for leading through times of uncertainty and pressure

  • Doris Gibb National Manager, Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Services Australia

Expert Commentary

Are you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, most people seem to agree on the ultimate goal - to build a career around your own unique talents and passions. But to actually achieve this and sell yourself effectively, especially in today’s competitive job market, you first of all need to know who you actually are. Which is harder than it sounds. Join your expert facilitator, as you assess your unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and build credibility in both ‘talking your talk’ and ‘walking your walk’.


- Define your destination and imagine your future

- Leverage your points of difference

- Prove your worth

Roundtable

In this closing interactive roundtable session, join your chair, Michael Collins, as you connect with others in the room, reflect on your journey so far and create an action plan to carry you forward.


- Reflect on your key takeaways from the Summit

- Identify opportunities for career progression and growth

- Create an action plan for your leadership journey


  • Michael Collins High Potential Officer Hipotential

Post-Summit Workshop

24 Sep

Workshop

Join expert facilitator, Michael Collins, join us for this intensive masterclass as you get a chance to reflect on the past two days of inspiration and ideas and solidify your conference learnings and equip yourself with the key skills and practices needed to excel at an executive leadership level in the APS! 

 

The Challenges of Executive Leadership

- Leading in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment (VUCA)

- The changing role of executive leadership in the APS

- The seven key skills to thrive as an executive leader

- Representing your agency, and the government, with confidence and authority

 

The Neuroscience of Leadership

- Understanding emotions and behaviour in a VUCA environment

- Implications for leadership selection, development and change management 

- Understanding and managing emotions in oneself and others

- Navigating workplace politics and tackling difficult conversations and situations


Strategic Decision-Making

- Five perspectives of strategic leadership

- A framework for decision-making in a VUCA environment

- Understand, recognise and manage conflicting stakeholder priorities and departmental politics

- Strategic priority setting

 

An Action Plan for Enhancing Team Effectiveness

- Key strategic priorities (30, 60, 90 days)

- Draft implementation actions or initiatives

- Potential obstacles and sources of support 

- Create a leadership action plan to address your personal and strategic challenges

  • Michael Collins High Potential Officer Hipotential

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