Cohort 4: June 2020 Intake

Module 1A (Zoom): Intros & awkward ice-breakers – 25 June 2020, 9.30am -12.30pm; Module 1B (Zoom): Intros & awkward ice-breakers – 2 July 2020, 9.30am -12.30pm

Participants in the program come from across the APS, and from state and local governments and from a wide variety of work functions, so in the first session we spend time getting to know each other and the government agencies involved.

We also use this Module to introduce participants to the DISC behavioural assessment instrument we use in the program, and to provide them with their individual and group results.

Module 2A (Zoom): The Transforming world, the public sector & designing teams – 29 July 2020, 9.30am – 12.30pm; Module 2B (Zoom): The Transforming world, the public sector and designing teams – 5 August 2020, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Guest discussants will introduce participants to current thinking on this era of disruption, the digital age, possible futures and implications for governments and public sectors. Project teams will form and be briefed on the task and methodologies.

Module 3A: Knowing you, knowing me – 27 August 2020, 9.30am – 12.30pm; Module 3B: Knowing you, knowing me – 3 September, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Our guests will focus on their career journey and what they have learnt about themselves and others. The session will introduce evidence based approaches to understanding and managing yourself and understanding and responding to the perspectives of others. You will be provided with your Workplace Motivator results and discuss what they might mean for you and your team.

Module 4: What’s Economics and Philosophy got to do with it? – 18 September 2020

This module will consider core economic concepts for the APS and their implications, the ethos and values in public sectors today and through history, and what this tells us about our purpose and conduct. A senior public sector guest will provide their insights and experiences on the role economics and philosophy play in the public sector.

Module 5: How (public sector) stuff works – 5 November 2020

This module provides an understanding of those things that are integral to the life of a public servant – budget processes including the role of Portfolio Budget Statements, Annual Reports, risk management, corporate planning and integrity. We will also discuss the role key pieces of legislation such as Public Service Acts and public sector governance and accountability Acts.

Module 6: What’s Political Science & Psychology got to do with it? – 25 February 2021

We will discuss some of the relevant learnings from political science, political psychology and political philosophy and our guest will reflect on how concepts from these areas have applied during their time in the public sector or government.

Module 7: Project Baby Shark Tank and hackathon – 23 March 2021

Teams will present their project progress to a guest panel and their colleagues for insights and feedback in preparation for the final module – the (Whale) Shark Tank.

Module 8: Tips and tricks – Managing yourself and others – 27 April 2021

This module will provide practical advice and techniques for managing workloads and projects and teams. The session will also examine collaborative and stakeholder engagement approaches and methods.

Module 9: Into the Whale Shark Tank: presentations and debrief session – 25 May 2021

Teams will present and discuss their projects to a group of current and previous senior public sector senior executives. Following the Presentations there will be a ‘reflections and next steps’ session.

Module 10: This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning – 24 August 2021

Around three months after the Shark Tank, the group will reconvene in their Teams to reflect on the program, and plan their performance and career goals. Our guests will share their personal insights and offer advice in a speed dating format on individual plans.

Executive Coaching Sessions

Each participant will receive at least 5 individual coaching sessions held in between the Modules.

Coaching sessions will draw on the DISC and Emotional Intelligence diagnostic assessments and other approaches to support and deepen the impact of the program, and to help participants plan their next steps and future contributions.

Multi-disciplinary Team Projects

The program will use a collaborative multi-disciplinary, action-learning Team approach to provide a vehicle for practice in agile, digital mastery, and design thinking approaches, and for fostering a culture of inquiry, collaboration and innovation.

Teams will be chosen to provide a diversity of public sector experience and expertise and personality types.

Teams will select project topics in consultation with the program facilitators.  Although the parameters for project choice will be deliberately broad, they will need to have a demonstrable link to preparing the public sector for current and future challenges and opportunities.  Project topics may range from small-scale, local issues all the way to high level conceptual or strategic challenges.

While the purpose of the Team projects is mostly to provide an opportunity to put program learnings into practice, teams will be asked to present their projects to a panel of senior executives and their supervisors in the final module.