Executive Excellence Program
In response to the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, we are deferring all South Australian Leadership Academy face-to-face programs and workshops indefinitely. We acknowledge that this is an unprecedented time for everyone and we appreciate your understanding.
We will update this page with tools, resources and a revised schedule once it has been established, and will be in contact with all currently enrolled participants directly when changes to program delivery occur.
South Australian Leadership Academy team
The Executive Excellence program is a 12-month program designed for senior executives within the public sector to provide them with the skills and tools to be able lead organisational functions while balancing short-term and long-term strategic perspectives. It goes beyond traditional leadership skills to build advanced, adaptive and complex thinking skills to enable you to become a more agile and wiser leader.
The program will support the development of participating executives to:
- Balance tactical concerns with strategic possibilities to respond to and influence public impact
- Be agile and resilient in balancing competing priorities, managing strategy, people, processes and systems across the organisation
- Lead operations to deliver better outcomes for stakeholders and the community
- Navigate effectively across boundaries to build strategic ties and gain new perspectives to take on a broader scope of responsibility
- Establish lasting, supportive connections with peers across departments
- Strengthen relationships with industry, NGOs and universities to bridge differences and build strategic ties
The Executive Excellence program contains a unique mix of experience, exposure and education designed to strengthen your ability to lead a high performing public sector.
Orientation and the State of South Australia
This initial orientation session will give you an overview of the eleven month program and what to expect along your leadership journey. You will hear from key leaders within and outside the public sector and key note speakers who will share their leadership insights.
360 Degree Feedback and Coaching
Participants will have an opportunity to explore their leadership capabilities through a 360 degree leadership assessment tool called The Leadership Circle (TLC).
The Leadership Circle is a premium 360° feedback tool designed to accelerate leadership effectiveness beyond traditional competency-based approaches. The Leadership Circle Profile helps participants understand the relationship between how they habitually think, behave, and more importantly how all this impacts their leadership effectiveness. Participants will also receive individual debriefs and coaching sessions with independent trained coaches.
Participants will go through a two day journey of self-discovery in the Leading Self workshop. You will delve into your Leadership Circle profile and begin to explore the concepts of Immunity to Change, transformations of leadership, resilience and mindfulness and enhancing your awareness and the relevance to performance.
The Adaptive Leadership Intensive Workshop offers a powerful, pragmatic and transferable leadership framework and practical skills to lead change and make progress on complex challenges.
The framework was developed by Professor Ron Heifetz, Marty Linsky and colleagues at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Where traditional models of leadership tend to focus on leadership as an innate, individual quality and emphasise charisma and power, adaptive leadership views leadership as an activity rather than a position.
Strategy for Public Impact
Public value is a crucial aspect of how we do business as a public sector in a dynamic and modern community. This session will focus on the public purposes that drive public sector organisations, and the need to place citizens at the forefront of policy and strategy development as well as service delivery to increase public value.
Executive Impact and Influence Workshop
As an executive, the ability to lead with impact and positively influence is critical to your success. The Executive Impact and Influence workshop will explore how to influence at an individual, team and organisational level. It will also examine the essential skills involved in political savvy, becoming a trusted advisor, storytelling and building executive presence.
Performance Investment Strategy
This session will investigate the key aspects involved in building individual and group accountability, shared purpose and collaboration. You will discover how to establish a new executive team as a Chief Executive, gain “ground truth” and how to create investment strategies for fellow senior executives.
A “Problem Clinic” will facilitate an exploration of “hypothetical” case studies, before you consider how to approach your first 100 days as a senior executive.
This session will focus on a number of diversity and inclusion themes such as:
- Inclusive communities and work cultures
- Aboriginal access to government services
- Achieving public sector targets through proxy measures
The symposium will include some high-calibre guest speakers to provide context and personal experience in the diversity and inclusion space.
The Innovation Symposium session provides an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in a range of perspectives on innovation. You will hear from key speakers about how innovation has progressed their business forward – their success stories and challenges.
The Program close is the final session for the Executive Excellence program. This session will include a wrap up of the program, a presentation of adaptive challenge findings to SMC and the program evaluation.
This program is for executives and executive directors who:
- Have been in their current level for 12 months and have been identified by their Chief Executive as ready and capable to take on a more complex system leadership role within the next 1-2 years.
- Are respected by colleagues and have a track record of effectively delivering on complex matters.
- Have demonstrated ability to think and operate strategically and innovatively with a strong focus on delivering for South. Australia
- Are committed to developing themselves and others
- Have a proven agility and success in dealing with multiple stakeholders, including Ministers
- Are role models for the South Australian Public Sector Values
Nominations for the 2020-21 Program will open soon. If you would like to be notified when they open, please register your interest here.
Please note, your agency Chief Executive needs to endorse your nomination.
Time and Investment
This program runs for 12 months.
The investment is $11 500 (plus GST) per person, plus transport, accommodation costs and incidentals for the overseas visit (approximately $4000 – $5000).
We value your questions and feedback. Please direct any general enquiries to the Executive Excellence project team via email: OCPSEExecutiveExcellence@sa.gov.au
Principal Leadership Development Consultant
(w) 8204 2276 (m) 0420 426 635 (e) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Leadership Development Consultant
(w) 8204 2275 (e) Tracy.Nissen@sa.gov.au
Program dates for the 2020-21 program will be released later this year.
Key Note Speakers
Key Note speakers for the 2020-21 program will be announced later this year.
Workshop Facilitators for the 2020-21 program will be announced later this year.