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8th PUBLIC SECTOR EXECUTIVE LEVEL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

5th - 9th, December 2022
Canberra, AU

The essential event for current & future executive level leaders​ to unlock peak performance

Overview

- Maximise your leadership influence and engagement to develop a high performing team
- Cultivate an integral workplace culture to harness trust and moral
- Sharpen your communication skills for effective and desired outcomes
- Foster skills to enhance team dynamics for optimal outcomes

Speakers

  • Dr Rowan Fox

    Assistant Commissioner

    Australian Taxation Office
  • Nicola Hinder

    First Assistant Secretary

    Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Professor Jenny Firman

    Chief Health Officer

    Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • Richard Glenn

    Director General

    ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate
  • Paula Adamson

    Deputy Director General, Customer Services Division

    IP Australia
  • Jason Borton

    Executive Branch Manager, Learning & Teaching

    ACT Education Directorate
  • Amber Shuhyta

    Branch Manager, Women’s Safety Response and Behaviour Change

    Department of Social Services
  • Brigid Costello

    Director, Service Design & Innovation

    Services Australia
  • Kimberley Rowlands

    Assistant Secretary, Capability Costing Branch

    Department of Defence
  • Alex Allars

    Executive Branch Manager, Whole of Government Industrial Relations & Public Sector Employment

    ACT Government
  • Lisa Pulko

    Chief Operating Officer

    NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • Thao Le

    Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer

    ACT Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate
  • Nathan Hannigan

    General Manager, People

    Department of Industry, Science, & Resources
  • Cass Coleman

    Director, AusCheck

    Department of Home Affairs
  • Julia Atkinson

    Policy Director

    Department of Health
  • Lucy Poole

    Division Head, Digital Strategy, Standards and Policy

    Digital Transformation Agency
  • Garry Mills

    Presenter & Coach

    Garry Mills Peak Performance
  • Liz Tilley

    Leadership Coach

    Liz Tilley Coaching
  • Mark Butz

    Principal

    Futures by Design
  • Sia Papageorgiou

    Managing Partner

    Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence
  • Noa Sheer

    Negotiation Consultant

    Sheer Negotiations
  • Scott Gregson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Agenda

Negotiation & Influence Skills for Government
Event kick-off and networking icebreaker
Don't underestimate your leadership - Challenge yourself and take the step
Leadership in the public eye - Keeping calm and carrying on
Morning Tea
Establishing leadership effectiveness and influencing culture
Critical communication and creating boundaries
Lunch Break
Change, challenges and career advancement - Carving a path in the public service
Optimising your team dynamics - A leadership review
Afternoon Tea
Leading sustainable transformational change through positive influence
Networking - Canapés and drinks
Action plan for day two!
Courage in action - Building and leading a courageous team
Ethical leadership in the public service - Uphold your values and hold yourself accountable
Morning Tea
The winding road to resilience
Achieving with influence with integrity
Lunch Break
Leading high performing teams for exceptional outcomes
Afternoon Tea
Delve into the neuroscience behind brain based leadership
Closing Roundtable
Critical Thinking Skills for Government
Professional Writing Essentials for Government
Pre-Summit Workshop

05 Dec

Workshop

Negotiation essentials for Government

- Negotiation strategy and structure

- Preparation and planning process

- Key factors and dynamics in negotiations

- Practical methods to determine optimum success:

- Read the other party

- Steer the negotiation

- Design a creative solution

- Techniques for maximising value and gain


Principles of Persuasion and Influence 

- Key approaches to framing your idea

- Explore persuasive communication styles to present your suggestion or idea

- Influence skills - How to respond to a negotiation using power and influence


Taking things to the next level - Negotiation simulations and debrief 

- Practical simulations and debriefing to reassess your strengths, weaknesses, and personal learning goals for improving your negotiation abilities

- Action planning - what will you implement?

  • Noa Sheer Negotiation Consultant Sheer Negotiations

Summit Day One

06 Dec

Other

Join Liquid Learning for this 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

Being humble is one thing, but underestimating your skills and your abilities is another. For many, it can be easy to convince yourself you don't deserve or weren't responsible for your successes and achievements. This session delves into the impacts of imposter syndrome, and how to take the step to challenge yourself, others, and back your leadership.

- Challenge yourself in your leadership role

- Lead for future generations

- Feel valued and advance your career in the APS

  • Dr Rowan Fox Assistant Commissioner Australian Taxation Office

Case Study

As a leader in the public sector, you deal with the added challenges of navigating the political sphere, responding to unexpected changes in government policy and direction, and all while maintaining responsibilities to the broader community. So how do you effectively juggle these competing pressures and still keep your head above water? In this session, Jason explores the personal, public and political dimensions to managing a career in the public service, and what it takes to successfully transition into senior executive roles.

- Understanding leadership in a public sector context

- Dealing with pressure and scrutiny

- Successful stepping up into senior executive roles

  • Jason Borton Executive Branch Manager, Learning & Teaching ACT Education Directorate

Other

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Case Study

Understanding who you are as a leader and a person will influence the way in which you lead effectively, influence a positive workplace culture, and hold your leadership values to a high standard. But this doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time and reflection. Nicola shares her experience in building leadership effectiveness and how she has learnt the importance of influencing culture within a team, organisation and the public sector. 

- Reinforce organisational and team values to influence workplace culture

- Effectively influence your team to reach goals and outcomes

- Stand out from the crowd and establish your unique leadership position

  • Nicola Hinder First Assistant Secretary Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Expert Commentary

As leaders, setting boundaries is critical for maintaining well-being and a sense of control. Installing boundaries in your team communicates clear expectations, creates accountability, and ensures others know what you need as a leader. This session will explore essential communication skills and strategies to develop and maintain effective boundaries, to maximise well-being and performance.

- Refine your communication skills to clearly communicate boundaries

- Understand the importance and benefits of having appropriate boundaries

- Learn how to install boundaries and improve communication as a leader

  • Liz Tilley Leadership Coach Liz Tilley Coaching

Other

Enjoy a midday lunch break. A time to refresh, refuel, and prepare for a full afternoon of immersive learning and inspiration.

Panel

Career advancement is an individual journey. There are endless advancement opportunities and everyone will have their unique experiences, and face their own challenges. This panel will dive into carving a career in the public service, explore the real-world stories beyond the theory, and unpack practical tips, tools and insights to help help you achieve your goals.

- Stand out from the crowd and advance your unique leadership career

- Learn implementable tips and tricks to support you on your journey

- Engage with various leaders who have advanced their career their own way

  • Kimberley Rowlands Assistant Secretary, Capability Costing Branch Department of Defence

  • Alex Allars Executive Branch Manager, Whole of Government Industrial Relations & Public Sector Employment ACT Government

  • Cass Coleman Director, AusCheck Department of Home Affairs

  • Julia Atkinson Policy Director Department of Health

  • Lucy Poole Division Head, Digital Strategy, Standards and Policy Digital Transformation Agency

Case Study

Team dynamics can have a huge impact on your experience at work, and mark the difference between just making it through the day and being invested and inspired. But as well as improving your own personal engagement, this has a direct impact on your team’s overall performance, and translates into tangible results, both in output and culture. Paula shares her insights on understanding the importance of fostering healthy teams, the benefits of creating a safe culture, and leading a dynamic team.

- Establish an inspiring and interactive team to achieve success

- Cultivate healthy relationships in a team

- Enhancing your teams dynamics as a leader

  • Paula Adamson Deputy Director General, Customer Services Division IP Australia

Other

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing day one.

Case Study

Establishing yourself as a leader that has the ability to lead transformational change with a positive influence isn’t as simple as it sounds. Stephen Pearson is a distinguished leader with a proven track record for delivering sustainable change, which has meant anything from delivering an unprecedented remote working roll-out for Defence, to developing new cyber security infrastructure.

- Collaborate and establish relationships in teams and departments

- Lead with positive influence for exceptional outcomes

- Establish a strong leadership identity


Other

Join us for our end of day one networking. Enjoy canapés and drinks whilst getting to know your peers further, build ongoing relationships, and share your highlights of the day.

Summit Day Two

07 Dec

Other

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


Recap the key learnings and takeaways from Day One, and prep an action plan to maximise your event experience over our jam-packed second day!

Case Study

A courageous team is more than a team that dares to start new initiatives, it’s a team that continues through setbacks and is open to trying new ideas, even when the going gets tough. And as a leader you are responsible for driving that courage. In this session Bridget shares insights from her career, and how she leads with courage and ensures her team builds the same courage.

- Drive your teams courage through your leadership

- Encourage your team to step out of their comfort zone

- Demonstrate courage to your team and lead by example

  • Brigid Costello Director, Service Design & Innovation Services Australia

Case Study

As a leader for the public sector your values and ethics will influence the way you lead your team, the opinions you share, and the way you hold yourself accountable. But this is often easier said than done, and can place you in tough positions where the path of least resistance may not always be the right one. In this session, Richard shares his insights into the importance of leading with an ethical stance to best serve your team and your community.

- Understand your unique values and ethics and how it influences your leadership

- Maintain your own and your team's leadership accountability

- Learn the benefits of consciously integrating your leadership ethics and values into your workplace

  • Richard Glenn Director General ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Other

Mix and mingle with your fellow leaders over a cup of coffee and light refreshments.

Case Study

Forging a career in our constantly evolving and uncertain world can feel like a long and winding road, and there can be a lot of bumps along the way. As leaders, you must learn to respond and adapt to the challenges you face, and build resilience to help you bounce back in times of pressure.

- Insights from a remarkable leadership journey

- Strategies to build resilience in the face of uncertainty

- Embrace an adaptive mindset to respond in times of adversity

  • Nathan Hannigan General Manager, People Department of Industry, Science, & Resources

Expert Commentary

Leaders who demonstrate integrity attract the trust of their team and organisation, enabling better outcomes and high performance. Your influence impacts the quality of work produced, the culture created, and the relationships developed within your space. In this session Mark unpacks how to lead and influence your team and others with integrity.

- Build your unique personal leadership qualities  

- Strengthen your team’s performance and resilience

- Enhance workplace culture and morale 

  • Mark Butz Principal Futures by Design

Other

Enjoy a midday lunch break. A time to refresh, refuel, and prepare for a full afternoon of immersive learning and inspiration.

Panel

As a leader you strive to have the best for your team. You lead to create a fulfilling and supportive environment, and to ensure outcomes and goals are being met. But leading a high performance team has its own unique set of challenges, you need to create a culture that encourages growth and strives to create exceptional outcomes. In this deep dive, you will hear various leaders share their experiences and insights into creating, leading, and maintaining high performance teams.

- Enhance your skills to lead and encourage exceptional outcomes

- Understand the basis of creating, leading, and continuing the growth of high performance teams

- Grow your teams performance capabilities organically and supportively

  • Professor Jenny Firman Chief Health Officer Department of Veteran's Affairs

  • Amber Shuhyta Branch Manager, Women’s Safety Response and Behaviour Change Department of Social Services

  • Brigid Costello Director, Service Design & Innovation Services Australia

  • Lisa Pulko Chief Operating Officer NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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

  • Scott Gregson Chief Executive Officer Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Other

A quick break to refresh and continue building your network with fellow leaders. Enjoy a light refreshment before finishing your conference experience.

Expert Commentary

The brain is an incredible machine. It is capable of more than most of us imagine, and the way it functions has an enormous impact on how we work, connect, and create. Understanding the neuroscience behind your leadership will help you recognise why you lead how you lead and provide invaluable context to drive your leadership behaviours. 

- Learn the neuroscience behind your leadership 

- Recognise your own leadership behaviours with neuroscience

- Develop a brain-minded leadership focus

  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Other

We wrap up our inspirational and jam packed two days with this interactive closing round table. This is your chance to table any topic or trend for a final group discussion. Reflecting on the inspiring stories that have been shared, discussing your key learnings with your peers, and creating your action plan for moving forward.

- Reflect on your key learnings from the Summit

- Identify opportunities for career progression and growth

- Create an action plan for your leadership journey

Post-Summit Workshop

08 Dec

Workshop

Critical thinking as a key priority in the APS

- How critical thinking aligns to you and the APS

- Identify and develop the mindsets and skills of effective critical thinkers

- Apply critical thinking capabilities to your role

  

Mitigate thought processes that reduce critical thinking

- Identify and reduce the negative impacts of cognitive bias

- Manage brain fatigue to overcome barriers to critical thinking 

- Apply empathy to better understand problems, avoid acting on assumptions, and improve decision-making

 

Unpack critical thinking techniques

- Cognitive principles, tools and strategies essential to critical thinking

- Understand the different ways people process information – tools to adapt to increase your influence

- Define a problem systematically to expose gaps and be more precise in identifying the root cause

 

Critical and creative thinking for problem solving 

- Apply whole brain thinking to encourage thinking outside the box

- Practice creative problem solving techniques

- Combine creative and critical thinking to form partnerships, generate new ideas, and deliver solutions

  • Garry Mills Presenter & Coach Garry Mills Peak Performance

Post-Summit Workshop

09 Dec

Workshop

Written Communication 101 

- Explore a range of communication styles and how it will help when using written communication 

- Understanding and segmenting your audience

- Creating key messages and incorporating them into your communication

- Defining the best written media for your communication


Business writing channels and message formats 

- The basic structure of agendas, emails, business letters, proposals and reports

- The importance of grammar and punctuation

- Business writing Do’s and Don'ts - email etiquette

- Passive, aggressive and assertive communication 

- Using clear, concise and inclusive language with the right tone of voice 


Writing for impact and influence

- How to communicate with your reader in mind for impactful engagement 

- Set clear objectives and build a logical structure 

- The importance of planning, drafting, editing and proofreading 

- Communicate key messages with the right level of detail


Writing for different purposes 

- How to respond to get what you want from to stakeholders 

- How to handle difficult complaints and communications 

- Writing in practice: Interactive practical exercise application of skills learned

  • Sia Papageorgiou Managing Partner Centre for Strategic Communication Excellence

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