Cohort 2: July 2019 Intake

Module 1: Intros & awkward ice-breakers31 July 2019

In the first Module we spend time getting to know each other and understanding you as an individual and team member.

Module 2: The Transforming world, public sector & designing teams – 28 August 2019

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 3: Knowing you, knowing me – 10 September 2019

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 DISC results and discuss what they might mean for you and your team.

Module 4: What’s Economics and Philosophy got to do with it? 30 October 2019

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. Senior public sector guests will provide their insights and experiences on the role economics and philosophy play in the public sector.

Module 5: How (public sector) stuff works –  18 November 2019

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. Our guests have worked at senior levels of the public sector and will discuss the importance of governance and accountability in the Australian public sector system.

Module 6: What’s Political Science & Psychology got to do with it? 9 December 2019

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 Team review session – 12 February 2020

Teams will present their projects to their colleagues and a panel of public sector guests in preparation for the (Whale) Shark Tank.

Module 8: Tips and tricks – Managing yourself and others – 11 March 2020

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 final session – 2 April 2020

Teams will present and discuss their projects to a group of current and previous senior public sector senior executives and an invited audience of their supervisors, guest presenters and colleagues. 

Following the Presentations there will be a ‘reflections and next steps’ session.

Module 10: It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning – 30 July 2020

Around four months after the completion of the program, 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 Project

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 and the Team’s SES mentor.  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.  They will also be asked to identify concrete next steps that they will commit to and report back on at the half-day recall.

Each Team will be expected to meet with their SES mentor at least three times to discuss project selection and approach, mid-point progress and reflection and next steps after completion.  SES Mentors will also be invited to attend the Presentation Module.

Additional Free Workshops

Where common issues are identified through coaching sessions or discussion during the face to face modules, we arrange voluntary, free additional workshops. Workshop topics could include How to Shine at Interview, Managing Small Teams, How to Win Friends and Influence Stakeholders.