About the 2019 Management Challenge
The 2019 NZ Leg of the Australasian Management Challenge will take place on the 21 and 22 of May 2019 at Silverstream Retreat, in Upper Hutt. Registerations have now closed for the 2019 Challenge. Keep an eye out for details on the 2020 Management Challenge later this year.
Picking a Challenge Team
Teams have six members and a mentor. Councils that have taken part in the Challenge for many years will usually have a strategy for selecting their team members. For councils new to the Challenge the team members typically come from a variety of departments across the council. This means the team can not only draw on a range of skills and knowledge, it importantly adds to the collaborative experience - some past participants have said they've learned more about their wider council at a Challenge than while at work! We recommend that the team include someone who has communications experience as the day's tasks usually include at least one where reporting or external communications is a very useful skill.
Team members are usually, though not exclusively, in mid-tier roles. The final selection of team members will depend on each council's objectives for the Challenge so it's perfectly legitimate to select someone with leadership potential but who is still at the start of their local government career. Conversely very senior managers have taken part and found it a valuable experience.