Thinking of developing your leadership skills in 2017?

Our plans for next year's leadership development programmes are already in place so if you're thinking that 2017 is the year that you take the next step, or if you manage people you're wanting to up-skill, this is what we have coming up:

> For those looking to step into their first management role we have just opened registrations for a new Emerging Leaders Development Programme. This will be held in Palmerston North in March and is an intensive yet fun three day introduction to leadership development.

> Our LGAcceleratedLeaders programme is a five month programme for mid-tier managers wanting to develop their leadership skills. This programme has been running successfully over the past year in regions around the country. We will be starting new regional programmes from February.

> Our LGExecutiveLeaders programme is a 12 month programme for managers already in senior positions. The programme's first cohort got underway earlier this month and the second cohort is planned to start in July 2017.

All of these programmes will have limited spaces so we'd recommend contacting our Manager, Learning and Development, Natalie Stevens early to find out more.

Also a leadership development opportunity for all levels of local government, a reminder that registrations are open now for teams to enter the Australasian Management Challenge - find out more about how you can take part in this challenge here or contact me for more information.

Our leadership development programmes all come under our LGLeadershipPathways initiative.

Blenheim, 27 & 28 January

The programme has a great mix of business sessions and outstanding networking opportunities including a cruise on the stunning Marlborough Sounds and Saturday night's dinner at the fabulous Herzog Restaurant. Business sessions include Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards talking about “Putting privacy first in Local Government” and an entertaining and informative session, “The silent language of leaders - body language shapes who you are” from Helen Rice of Rice + Co. Check out the programme here for the full list of topics and presenters. Please note that this event is organised by the branch and they have asked that the registration form is returned by 2 December. Please email if you would like to attend but can't meet that deadline.

All our other upcoming events, including this Friday's Elections Debrief, can be found in our Event Calendar here.

"Tips for an Award Winning Entry" Webinar - as this was rescheduled due to the quakes some of you may have missed this last week. Highly recommended for any councils planning on entering a project in the 2017 McGredy Winder SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards or people considering the Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award, the recording is available here.

The Skills Organisation is currently reviewing and seeking wider feedback on a suite of New Zealand Public Sector qualifications (for both State Government and Local Government) before the application to list is submitted to NZQA. These qualifications will replace all the current National State and Local Government qualifications.

The following qualifications approved by the Public Sector Governance Group are:

> New Zealand Certificate in Public Sector Practice (Level 3)

> New Zealand Certificate in Public Sector Service Delivery (Level 4)

> New Zealand Certificate in Public Sector Management (Level 5)

> New Zealand Diploma in Public Sector Leadership (Level 6)

> New Zealand Certificate in Using Data and Statistics (Level 5)

If you aren't able to download these and would like to be sent a copy of any of these qualifications and/or would like to provide any feedback please contact Tyler Robbins at The Skills Organisation by 9 December - email or phone DDI: 09 583 1319.