Leaders Connect

A word from the Acting CEO 

Happy end of April!

This month, we have been thinking about comfort zones. Our own, and those of others. How uncomfortable it can be to step out of them, but how wonderful the rewards can be.

On Thursday we will welcome 14 teams to Morphettville Racecourse for this year’s Management Challenge – I’m sure most participants will be feeling nervous, excited and wondering what the day has in store. We here at LG Professionals SA know what the day has in store, and comfort zones will be stepped out of, but all in the spirit of fun, learning and growth. Best of luck to all teams, I know you will have a fantastic day.

As May fast approaches, we have plenty to look forward to:

  • Our People and Culture Network Conference – ‘The People Experience’ on 14 May
  • Celebrating 20 years of our Leadership Excellence Awards with over 520 of you at our Gala Dinner on 21 May
  • The opening retreat of the 16th year of our Emerging Leaders Program on 27 May

I look forward to seeing you soon, and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone this month – I will be.

Best wishes
Rhiannon

April 2021
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News Flash

People and Culture Network Conference: The People Experience
Friday 14 May 2021
Adelaide Convention Centre

The People and Culture Network Conference: The People Experience will be held on Friday 14 May 2021. The program will help you to better understand the narrative of your organisation and have you thinking differently about some of the complex problems that People and Culture practitioners face on a daily basis. 

This conference is open to all People and Culture professionals in the local government sector, but we strongly encourage anyone who works closely with People and Culture to attend - it will be a fantastic networking opportunity.

Interested in attending the event and gaining exposure as an Event Sponsor? Please contact Rhiannon on 08 8291 7991 or rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au for more information.

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Local Government Professionals Australia

Canberra Behind-the-Scenes is back and you’re invited to meet with Ministers and Federal Department chiefs to draw insights on programs that can support your communities and the important post-Budget policy pivots at Parliament House from 25-26 May 2021.

This is a strictly limited capacity, small-group event. If you are a LG Professionals SA member we encourage you to make the most of the priority Member registration this week, before registrations open to the broader group. You will also receive a $500 discount as a member.

The program includes a networking evening at Parliament House the evening before a full day of interactive discussions with Federal Government Department officials, linking you directly with the people behind the programs, funding, and policies that affect your community.

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20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner 
Friday 21 May 2021
Adelaide Convention Centre

The Leadership Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is less than a month away! We can't wait to celebrate with everyone and recognise all of the outstanding projects nominated this year.

Online registrations have now closed, however if you missed out and would still like to attend please contact Hannah today on 08 8291 7995 or hannah@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

Member Profile -
Proudly sponsored by

Stephanie Tramontin

This month we caught up with Stephanie Tramontin, Team Leader, People Experience at City of Adelaide about her role, career background, and her advice for stepping outside your comfort zone.

What is your role? Describe a typical day.

My role is Team Leader, People Experience at the City of Adelaide. Our people are the most important part of my role and strengthening connections is how I work to ensure our people experience is great. My team works to help our people be the best they can be at work, inspiring our leaders to take care of themselves, to ensure they can take care of their people. Read more...

A message from our Emerald Partner

Local Government Risk Services (LGRS) have proudly sponsored LG Professionals SA for over 20 years, including for many years the Leadership Excellence Awards. Tony Gray, General Manager at LGRS, shares with us why they believe the Leadership Excellence Awards are important for our sector and has a special message to all nominees and finalists.

Upcoming Forums & Short Courses 

Women's Network Virtual Forum: Financial Fitness for Women with
Statewide Super
Wednesday 5 May 2021

As women, our financial needs for now and the future can be unique and complicated. Learn how to be financially fit as a woman, including tips, strategies and secrets to building a bright financial future.

This session will provide you with great insights for your own financial fitness or tips you can share with other women!

Topics include:

  • Unique financial challenges women face
  • The gender pay gap – what this means for your super
  • Insuring your future
  • Financial goal setting
  • Tips and strategies to increase women’s super balances.
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Even if your role doesn’t require a lot of writing, how you come across is crucial to your credibility. The ability to write clearly, precisely, powerfully and persuasively is a key skill that enables you to summarise and present ideas, build relationships and gain commitment to action. It can also demonstrate your knowledge, confidence and professionalism.

This course uses your own writing examples to demonstrate the use of Plain English principles and persuasive writing techniques.

Suitable for: Officers, Coordinators, Team Leaders, Senior Managers

Duration: 2 x 2 hour sessions via Zoom

Course Dates: Tuesday 18 May and Tuesday 25 May 2021 

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Manage your time and energy better at work, target your time wasters and prioritise what's important. 

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve your time management approach to your daily and weekly workload—work smarter, not harder! You’ll dive into issues that are preventing you from reaching optimum effectiveness and develop a range of techniques and strategies to better manage your time and get more out of your day.

Suitable for: Officers at all levels

Duration: 2 x 2 hour sessions via Zoom

Course Dates: Wednesday 9 June and Wednesday 16 June 2021 

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Our short courses have been curated to equip the sector's staff with the skills essential to deliver on the reform agenda of efficiency, performance and continuous improvement.

We are currently taking expressions of interest on all short courses and once there is sufficient interest a course date will be scheduled. Below is a list of all short course offerings:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Customer Service in a Compliance Environment
  • Managing your Time, Energy and Priorities
  • Performance Coaching
  • Powerful Business Writing
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Advanced Project Management

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Industry Trends 

6 reasons to step outside your comfort zone
Many of us think of the "comfort zone" as a relic of '80s motivational psychology and a tag line on cheesy corporate "reach for success" posters. But in fact, the comfort zone is a useful psychological concept that can help you embrace risk and make changes in your life that can lead to real personal growth. Read more...

New Members

Welcome to our 47 new members! Click here to see the list.

We look forward to providing support and professional development opportunities through every stage of your local government career.

Please contact Rhiannon for further details on corporate partnership opportunities.

Network News

Below you will find all upcoming Network Forums and Meetings.

If you would like to know more about our network offerings you can reach me at tahlia@lgprofessionalssa.org.au or phone 8291 7994.

Tahlia Willey
Network and Program Officer

Community Managers Network Committee Meeting
Friday 30 April 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LG Professionals SA Office, 5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood and via Zoom

For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for more details

People and Culture Network 
Informal Catch Up
Tuesday 4 May 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)

For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for more details

Women's Network Forum: Financial Fitness for Women with Statewide Super
Wednesday 5 May 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Virtual (via Zoom)

Find out more

CEO and General Managers Network Forum
Friday 4 June 2021

Further details to come.

Continuous Improvement Network Forum
Friday 9 July 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mobilong Suite, Local Government Centre, 2 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge

Further details to come.

About Local Government Professionals Australia, SA

LG Professionals SA is a not-for-profit member based association representing professionals working in local government in South Australia. 

We have the ability to link and connect people from different councils who may not otherwise form relationships or share. 

Our high quality professional development programs and networking events are uniquely local government – reflective of the culture of the sector and sensitive to the needs of its professionals. 

The content of our events and programs are informed by our members and people who genuinely care about the sector. 

We provide a safe and supportive environment in which to grow and learn while creating opportunities to make time away from the office to work on the business or on self. 

We award and acknowledge achievements of excellence.

We are proud to be part of a national Federation of State based Local Government Professionals Australia organisations, supported by a national office dedicated to supporting the National Local Government sector.

LG Professionals SA   5 Hauteville Terrace, Eastwood SA 5063   Phone: 08 8291 7990
www.lgprofessionalssa.org.au

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