Leadership development has become an increasingly important part of SOLGM's work programme and we're continuing to add leadership focused events and programmes to our 2017 calendar. These are tailored to meet the needs of local government staff at all stages of their careers so please take some time to see if any of the below are right for you and/or your staff:

For those looking to step into their first management role we have this programme on for the first time in Palmerston North from 6 to 8 March. This is an intensive yet fun three day introduction to leadership development and, being facilitated by Mike Richardson, previously Chief Executive of Christchurch City Council, it has a very strong local government focus. Numbers for this programme are limited so I'd recommend an early decision - you (or your staff) can register here.

For those with management experience including as project leaders this is a highly interactive five month programme. It has been running very successfully over the past year in regions around the country and the following new regional programmes are now open for registrations:

> Waikato Region LGAcceleratedLeadership Programme starting 14 February

> Manawatu/Taranaki Region LGAcceleratedLeadership Programme starting 16 February

> Southland/Otago Region LGAcceleratedLeadership Programme starting 15 March

For those already in senior management positions we have the Executive Leaders Masterclass. With the theme 'Getting the job you want' this one day Masterclass is for executives wanting to make the next move in their leadership careers, perhaps into a Chief Executive role. It's being held at the Langham in Auckland on the same day as our annual Gala Dinner, 12 April and you can find out more and register here.

For Chief Executives only we are also holding our annual Forum on 12 April at the Langham in Auckland. Registrations are open here.

For people managers at all levels this masterclass is subtitled "Having Challenging Conversations" and is a one day event led by Dr Peter Glaser and Dr Susan Glaser. It's being held in Wellington on 24 February and participants will gain tangible skills for constructively handling confronting performance issues. You can register here.

Also a leadership development opportunity for all levels of local government, a reminder that registrations are open till 10 February for teams wanting to enter the Challenge - find out more about how you can take part here or contact me for more information.

Our leadership development programmes all come under SOLGM's LGLeadershipPathways initiative.

We have received information on the exciting destination options for our US Exchange. Applicants can choose from the City of Mission Hills in Kansas or the Village of South Barrington in Illinois. You can find more information on these choices in our website here along with full information on our other Exchange options to Canada and Australia. Please note that applications must be received at our office no later than 1 February.

This Series comprises five modules delivered via webinars and it's designed to provide staff new to local government with the basics of the sector's legislative environment. We do live updates of the five webinars at least annually - these updates provide a great opportunity to ask questions about the content. The next updates will start on 15 February and then continue over the coming four weeks. The Series can be purchased on an annual per-council subscription basis and you can find more information here. All councils with a current Series subscription will be automatically sent the webinar links. if you'd like more information please email webinar@solgm.org.nz.

Over the coming few months we are holding a LGOIMA Webinar (25 January starting at 10am), the annual JLT Risk Management Forum (16 & 17 February in Wellington), a free Building Consent Authority Accreditation Scheme Webinar (2 March starting at 10am), the annual Civic Assurance Strategic Finance Forum (27 & 28 March in Auckland), our annual Gala Dinner (12 April in Auckland), a Community Services & Facilities Event (28 April in Christchurch) and our Professional Administrators Forum - previously known at the EA/PA Forum (11 & 12 May in Auckland). You can find all our other 2017 events in our Event Calendar.