Applications are now open for the 2018 Leadership Development Centre’s Leadership in Practice Programme Scholarship.

Monique Davidson, Chief Executive at Hawke’s Bay District Council, reflects on her experience as the 2012 scholarship recipient.

Participating in the Leadership Development Centre’s Leadership in Practice Programme was a lightbulb moment for Monique Davidson.

“The 12 month programme gave me an in-depth understanding of my leadership styles, the different tools available to me, and the importance of looking after my whole self so that I can empower, lead leaders, and be as effective as possible in leading change”.

Monique recognised that her leadership journey would be unique to her.

“I learnt that I needed to focus on who I was, and the legacy I wanted to leave. Authentic leadership is about valuing people, relationships and making connections. This can’t be learnt from a book.”

A highlight was meeting a group of highly experienced and effective central government leaders.

“Learning from them, and having my leadership journey challenged, was inspiring.

“The sharing of knowledge and experience widened my lens on leadership, the role of the public sector, and the difference I could make in the future.

“It is rewarding to see SOLGM and the Leadership Development Centre investing in future leadership.”

The scholarship inspired Monique to be a better leader, to develop an audacious plan, and work hard to achieve it.

Civic Financial Services Strategic Finance Forum
26-27 March in Christchurch

Topics and speakers have just been released for the Civic Financial Services Strategic Finance Forum. This year’s Forum focuses on what’s on (or just over) the horizon that’s of importance to finance professionals in the sector. This includes the impact of technology, shared capability, infrastructure challenges, audit committees and developments in the regulatory and policy environment. There will also be a session on what the 2018 LTP consultation documents have told us and a session on the second Funding Inquiry.

Upcoming development opportunities

First up in 2018 are the following sector-specific development opportunities designed exclusively for New Zealand councils.

The 45 South Branch 2018 Retreat is an inspiring, collegial and fun filled event – 28-30 January in Wanaka.

In February, entries close for our awards, exchanges, scholarships and Australasian Management Challenge. Recipients and winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner – 12 April in Auckland.

The themes for this year’s JLT Risk Management Forum are natural hazards, climate change, risk transfer and the relationship between regulation and risk – 15-16 February in Wellington.

Drs. Susan & Peter Glaser are back in New Zealand to deliver Collaborative Leadership: Hardwiring Teamwork and Innovation – 19 February in Wellington.

The Project Management workshop is based around Frank Aldridge’s years of experience working with councils on real projects – 27-28 February in Hamilton and 14-15 June in Palmerston North.

The Contract Management workshop covers negotiating, monitoring and managing effective contracts with suppliers – 6-7 March in Wellington and 15-16 November in Wellington.

Attend the Professional Administrators Forum to make an impact at your Council while balancing your busy life and achieving what matters to you – 23 March in Christchurch.

LG Accelerated Leadership Programme

Since 2015, over 380 tier 3 and 4 managers have successfully completed the Accelerated Leadership Programme. Thirty-eight councils from across New Zealand have participated, and many have been programme hosts. Chief Executive Officers from around the country have shared their leadership experience with participants. The five module programme is run over five months on a regional basis, with groups of councils in the same proximity coming together to explore leadership in the council context, each month. Learning is then applied back in the workplace. This means local council staff are up-skilled, while maximising spin-off benefits which include:

- Networking across the region which helps with productivity, innovation and improved communication between councils.

- Participants get to see what other councils are like through the hosting rotation system.

- A regional investment in people and skills so if staff move between councils the skills, knowledge and learning is not lost but shared.

- Learning syndicates encourage participants to meet each month and these relationships often endure after the programme finishes.

Find out more about the programme.

If you are interested in another roll out of the programme in your area in 2018, or would like to find out how you, or your council, can participate, contact Fiona Purchas, Manager Professional Development, or phone 04 978 1272.

ICMA Podcast featuring Waimakariri District Council

After the Canterbury earthquakes, Simon Markham (SOLGM's Top of the South Branch Executive Member and Manager, Strategy and Engagement at Waimakariri District Council) quickly found himself in an unexpected role: leading through the disaster and recovery. Though he was not an emergency management professional, he tapped his strong expertise in community engagement and communication to build community trust and resilience.

Quotable Mention - "Remain centered on the affected community. (As managers) it's very easy to get distracted by the details."

Hear the podcast.