Virtual On the Couch Series
In response to COVID-19, the South Australian Leadership Academy has partnered with IPAA SA to deliver a Virtual On the Couch Series with Chief Executives and other senior leaders, to bring you guidance and information surrounding the COVID-19 situation, including the public sector’s response and challenges, and the support mechanisms available to you.
On the Couch with Erma Ranieri
Our guest for the first of this series was Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment who shared her insights into the SA public sector with a focus on current COVID-19 workforce considerations. Viewers had the opportunity to submit questions for the Commissioner prior to this event, with some of these being addressed during the interview.
During this interview, Commissioner Ranieri highlighted information available on the OCPSE website regarding the COVID-19 Workforce Arrangements. These resources are being continually updated to provide the latest advice to public sector employees on the unfolding situation.
Learn about our speaker
Erma Ranieri FIPAA
Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.
With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.
Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.
With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.
On the Couch with Jim McDowell
Our guest for this informal interview was Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Jim McDowell. Viewers had the opportunity to submit questions prior to this event, with some of these being addressed during the interview.
During this interview, Mr McDowell shared his involvement on the state-wide and national response to COVID-19, gave insights on the evolving situation, and stressed the importance of nationwide collaboration in this challenging time. Mr McDowell also addressed, not only efforts to flatten the curve, but also the state’s recovery period from the impacts of the virus.
Disclaimer: This is an unedited transcript
Additionally, Mr McDowell shared his view on optimism as a powerful and essential leadership tool during this time. Expanding on this the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will be offering the ‘Igniting Optimism’ webinar on the 5th of May. This webinar will explore optimism as the key to happiness and navigating adversity, as well as in building resilience and supercharging your influence and effectiveness. To learn more about this session please see the webinar information below.
Optimism is the key to happiness and navigating adversity. Join us to explore the power of optimism in navigating change, building resilience and supercharging your influence and effectiveness. Topics include:
• The brain science of optimism
• Waking up to positivity
• Building your best future
• Practical tips to hardwire positive emotion
Learn about our speaker
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Jim McDowell commenced as Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in September 2018. As Chief Executive, Jim supports the Premier and Ministers to deliver the government’s vision for South Australia, with a focus on building strong collaborative partnerships across government and with the community and business sectors.
Jim brings a broad experience to the role, from growing up in Belfast to working in the private sector in the USA, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, where he has held many executive, non-executive and advisory roles.
Moving to South Australia in 2001, to establish the Adelaide-based headquarters for BAE Systems Australia, Jim was most recently the Chancellor of the University of South Australia.
Jim serves on the State Government’s Infrastructure South Australia and the Urban Renewal Authority Boards.
Jim is a current board member at the Adelaide Football Club, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and St Peters College.
On the Couch with David Reynolds
During this interview Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance, David Reynolds, shared his insights on practices that the government intends to put in place to get our economy ‘back to normal’, and how we can release restrictions without impacting health outcomes too significantly. Watch now below.
On the Couch with Rick Persse
During this interview we hear from Chief Executive, Department for Education, Rick Persse.
Mr Persse expressed great positivity in South Australia’s response to COVID-19 and what this means for our children returning to school in Term 2 . Mr Persse stated given the current low infection rate, that the Department for Education encourage all students to return to school next week.
On the Couch with Cathy Taylor
Our guest for this informal interview was Chief Executive, Department for Child Protection, Cathy Taylor who shared her insights into the SA public sector with a focus on the current situation with COVID-19. Ms Taylor will also share her thoughts on leadership frameworks, models and mantras that she finds particularly helpful during these times.
On the Couch with Grant Stevens
Our guest for this informal interview was Grant Stevens APM, Commissioner, South Australia Police, who shared his insights into the essential role the South Australian Police have undertaken in the management of the crisis situation around COVID-19, as well as the leadership models and mantras he finds helpful.
On the Couch with Caroline Mealor