We're pleased to provide the November 2016 issue of our twice-yearly magazine, Pulse. It's available in our website here.

In this issue we have:

> a number of articles on our September Summit. The theme was Inspiring Leadership and we certainly had some inspiring speakers including Monica Barone, Sydney City Chief Executive, Phil O'Reilly, former Chief Executive of BusinessNZ and Jenny and Paul McDonald, who together gave a fascinating presentation on brain-based leadership. Summit articles start on page 29.

> an article written by our own Sector Improvement Advisor, Shivani Makwana who interviewed three inspiring women, all in leadership roles in local government. Find out what Patricia Reade, Katherine Quinn and Anusha Guler had to say about their careers in the sector on page 6.

> an article on ICT infrastructure, an important issue for all councils and a challenging issue for many. Four councils in the Wellington region have come together to work on a solution that they expect will be applicable in councils across New Zealand - the Collaborating on ICT article is on page 10.

> information on everything being announced at our Gala Dinner on the 12th of April in Auckland. Starting on page 14 you can read about entering our 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards (p.16) and the Australasian Management Challenge (p.22) and about applying for our Leadership Scholarships and Overseas Manager Exchanges (p.19) and submitting a nomination for our Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award (p.18).

> an update on the work of our Sector Improvement team is on page 7.

As well there's some valuable articles provided by our partner organisations and a full list of our events and activities right through to our 2017 annual Summit in September 2017.

We're very happy to consider articles from councils on topics of national interest for publishing in Pulse. Please contact me if you'd like more information.

This masterclass is being run by Peter and Susan Glaser who both hold doctorates in Communication from the Pennsylvania State University. They are authors of the internationally acclaimed book, Be Quiet, Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion, and have been co-presenting for four decades. Their masterclass will provide attendees with tangible skills and tools so that they can constructively confront performance problems by having those challenging conversations that actually solve performance problems, strengthen relationships and deepen trust.

We are running this one day event on 24 February in Wellington. Find out more and register here.

All our other upcoming events can be found in our Event Calendar including the free Webinar 'Tips for an Award Winning Entry' - a must-attend for those considering both our Excellence Awards and our Emerging Leader Award. The webinar is being delivered on the 15th of November and starts at 10am.

While not in our Event Calendar we wanted to let you know that Water New Zealand are running a couple of two hour sessions on the risks and responsibilities of safe drinking-water supplies.

Responsibility for drinking-water rests on many shoulders. A failure at any point can have dire consequences. The sessions, being held in Palmerston North on 29 November and Hamilton on 30 November, are designed to assist those involved in the supply chain to understand their risks and responsibilities. Find out more and register for the workshops using the links below: