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QLD Public Sector AO 7-8 High Performance & Leadership Workshop

4th - 5th, October 2023 / Brisbane, AU


Develop and refine core skills and key leadership capability to achieve success and excel in AO 7-8 level roles and beyond

• Enhance your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to advance as an AO 7-8 leader
• Influentially engage stakeholders on complex and sensitive issues
• Learn adaptable leadership strategies to excel in times of change
• Career planning and pathways in QLD Public Sector roles


Martin Brooker

Martin is a veteran of 37 years service as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy. His extensive career included command at sea, and operational service in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Pacific. He retired from the Royal Australian Navy in March 2015 with the rank of Commodore.

Now Founder and Director of the Quench Group, Martin specialises in helping individuals and organisations realise their potential through personal and organisational change. He shares his real-life experiences from both leadership positions and leading culture change to explore the challenges of leadership and addressing what he believes to be key lessons for all leaders who want to be authentic.

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Understand your strengths and values as an AO 7-8 leader

- Key tasks of adaptive leadership

- Define your personal leadership brand

- Align your leadership strengths with the expectations of your organisation


 Utilise Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to motivate and influence your team and stakeholders

- Use your EQ to focus attention

- Utilise heightened EQ to make effective strategic decisions

- Adapt your leadership style to effectively manage different personalities


Build resilience when working under pressure

- Acting vs reacting upon unexpected developments

- Anticipate and manage risk effectively

- Utilise feedback to improve service delivery and organisational capability


Understand the shift from micro to macro leadership

- Adopt a planned and comprehensive approach to implement organisational change

- Develop and influence key strategic directions

- Collaborate and develop joint solutions with external stakeholders

  • Martin Brooker Founder Quench Group


Key stakeholder relationship management and communication 

- Engage and manage stakeholder expectations during change

- Authoritatively represent and influence on behalf of your agency

- Collaborate and develop joint solutions with external stakeholders

- Recognise links between interconnected issues, identify problems and work ways to resolve them

Build team capability and accountability

- Cultivate your team to take ownership of their success

- Build reliability and accountability in your team

- Successfully align your teams with broader agency strategy and goals

- Develop your team’s resilience to stress and change

Manage team dynamics in complex environments

- Co-create high performance - Establish a culture of peak performance

- Override emotional responses to stressful situations

- Authoritatively represent and influence on behalf of your agency

- Ambiguity tolerance and skills for managing uncertainty

Core approaches for AO 7-8 leaders to advance as an executive leader

- Create an action plan for your career

- Understand the leadership pipeline

- Prepare yourself for executive responsibilities

- Manage transition and identify future leadership priorities

  • Martin Brooker Founder Quench Group


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Level 24, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

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