OVERVIEW

Shaping the Narrative: Senior Executive Conversations is a six-session program for SES Band 1 and equivalent leaders from across the public sector in the ACT.

Based on the foundational thread of ‘‘What does it mean to be a high-performing public sector leader in a highly-dynamic, evolving context?’ the program is framed around challenges facing public administration, and the ongoing attributes and mindset required for excellence in the light of these challenges.

Each of the six sessions focuses on the craft of leading in a complex, volatile environment where specialist expertise alone will not suffice, and where harnessing the experience of colleagues, teams and stakeholders will be increasingly necessary.

"The program fosters authentic leadership, curiosity and intellectual insight, while supporting participants to build networks and deepen relationships across the sector."
 

FORMAT

Sessions are comprised of two parts:

Masterclass
They begin with a Masterclass, delivered by leading experts and practitioners from within and outside the public sector, who examine pressing challenges facing public administration. This component includes audience engagement and sharing of experiences.

Mastermind
They  then move to a Mastermind component, consisting of a series of facilitated small group sessions. These are based around open discussion of shared challenges, in a supportive and collegiate forum. Facilitators guide each group as they dive deep into discussions, and encourage participants to articulate what success looks like for them.

PARTICIPANT PROFILE AND REGISTRATION

This program is for SES Band 1 and equivalent leaders in the Commonwealth and ACT Public Service. Participants must be current corporate members of IPAA ACT. Participation is driven by a nomination process. Numbers are capped at 40 participants for the program.

DELIVERY

The program is being delivered by IPAA ACT in partnership with KPMG, with all six sessions delivered face-to-face at KPMG’s Constitution Place offices in Canberra City. The 2022 Program is being held between April and September 2022. Should COVID restrictions or other circumstances necessitate, the delivery schedule will be amended accordingly.

PROGRAM SYNOPSIS

SESSION 1
WHAT MAKES A GREAT PUBLIC
SERVANT GREAT?

Explore the skills, attributes and dispositions SES need to flourish. Two agency heads will first illustrate their over-the-horizon view of an ever-changing public sector. This will feed conversations on how to lead through increasing levels of ambiguity, and how to navigate complexity and be effective, impactful public sector leaders in this context.

SESSION 2
LIFTING THE LID ON NATIONAL
SECURITY

A conversation on the sensitivities of advising government on our increasingly complex geopolitical environment. This session will explore insights in the ‘dark arts’ of national security, and consider the increasing impact it will have on domestic policy and implementation.

SESSION 3
MISINFORMATION AND
INFLUENCE IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE

This session examines the art of influencing for impact in the public sphere. The conversation will be framed around trust, misinformation and disinformation, and will explore how to shape the narrative for positive outcomes. It will examine the role the media, social media and misinformation plays in government and democracy in 2022.

SESSION 4
CRITICAL DIGITAL SKILLS OF
LEADERS

Today, every leadership role involves—or will involve—a digital element. What leadership skills are needed to position for greater digital take up and innovation? What learnings will help us to anticipate and get ahead of the digital curve, rather than simply respond? This session will include innovation and risk lessons taken from the private sector and those who have skin in the game.

SESSION 5
CROWDSOURCED TOPIC

Crowdsourced speakers and topics will be at the core of this session. Participants will be asked to identify, as a collective, a salient theme or critical challenge they face as leaders, and propose suitable speakers to offer insight and expertise on the topic.

SESSION 6
MASTERMIND RETRO

For this final session, participants will be invited to share personal leadership challenges for group consideration, and provide reflections and outcomes from the program. The session will conclude with informal networking and the opportunity to celebrate program achievements.

For information about the program contact IPAA ACT's Capability team.

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IPAA ACT

ABN: 24 656 727 375
Phone: (02) 6154 9800
Unit 4A, 16 National Circuit,
Barton ACT 2600

Postal Address

PO Box 4349
Kingston ACT 2604

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