Leaders Connect

A word from the Acting CEO 

As we near the end of the year, I find myself reflecting on what a year it has been. So much change, learning, taking risks and exploring new ways of doing things. I look forward to seeing what the new normal holds for us next year.

As you reflect and look towards 2021, I urge you to consider nominating your achievements for a Leadership Excellence Award, registering for one of our Leadership Programs, Annual State Conference or getting a team together for the Management Challenge. As always, if you'd like to chat about how we can help you on your leadership journey please don't hesitate to reach out.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season and I really look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Best wishes,

December 2020
Edition 111

News Flash

Christmas Closure

Our office will be closing at 5PM on Friday 18 December 2020 and will reopen at 9AM on Monday 11 January 2021. Online registration will still be available during this time.

Emerging Leaders Program 2020

The final program day and graduation for our 2020 Emerging Leaders was held earlier this month. We were joined, via Zoom, by their CEOs, GMs and invited guests to celebrate their successful completion of the program.

It hasn’t been easy, but the strength and resilience of this year’s cohort is something to celebrate on it’s own. The way our Emerging Leaders took in their stride the ever-changing environment of the program, on top of their workloads and personal lives has been nothing short of inspiring. These are our future leaders of the sector.

To each of our graduates, we wish continued success, humility through the highs of leadership and confidence through the lows. We hope that they leave this year with a solid network of counterparts, with new connections and doors open, and an ongoing focus on their professional development.

Congratulations to you all!

Emerging Leaders Program 2021

This highly sought-after program takes 28 emerging leaders from across the sector through a seven-month experiential learning journey to develop/enhance their leadership skills. Visit the website to download the 2021 Emerging Leaders Program Prospectus. 

Registrations open
Thursday 29 January 2021

Program Commences 
Thursday 27 May 2021

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Challenge yourself!
Registrations are now open for the 2021 Australasian Management Challenge -  with the SA event to be held Thursday 29 April 2021.

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20th Annual Leadership Excellence Awards

The Leadership Excellence Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in local government. We are celebrating 20 years of the program in 2021, and we'd love to see all councils represented in the nomination process. Please remember, there is no project too small! We are looking forward to reading about all of the fantastic initiatives you have undertaken in the last 12 months.

Award Categories for 2021 are:

  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Excellence in Cross Council Collaboration
  • Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Excellence in Local Economic Development
  • Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability
  • Leadership in Community Services and Development
  • Excellence in People and Culture
  • Excellence in Infrastructure Delivery

New categories for 2021:

  • Excellence in Disaster Recovery / Emergency Response Management
  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellence in Customer Service or Experience

Nominations close
Friday 29 January 2021

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Member Profile - 
Proudly sponsored by 

Pam Jackson

This month we caught up with Pam Jackson, General Manager, Strategy and Business Services at City of Holdfast Bay about her role and council's recent win at the LG Professionals Australia Federation Awards.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am the General Manager, Strategy and Business Services, at the City of Holdfast Bay.  I am responsible for a broad portfolio of functions including: Strategy, Governance and Risk, People and Culture, Information Technology, Finance and Risk. Read more...

Upcoming Programs & Events 

Executive Leaders Program

We have worked closely with Harvard-trained leadership experts to develop a program which maximises your growth as a leader with minimal time required out of the office.

The new ways of thinking and approaching complex problems you stand to gain from this program alone are an excellent return on your time investment, but you’ll also:

  • benefit from international examples
  • challenge your assumptions and perspectives
  • learn from speakers outside of our sector
  • be equipped to navigate rapidly changing and evolving environments
  • increase capabilities to generate solutions to complex adaptive problems in an agile way
  • feel supported with a network of peers to help you tackle future challenges

Program Commences
Tuesday 2 February 2021

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Ignite Program 
The Ignite Program is a leadership learning path for supervisors, team leaders and coordinators in local government. The program spans 12 program days, and is delivered over 11 months. It has been designed to engage participants by regularly reflecting and debriefing on the local government challenges they face, and sharing strategies which have been successful or failed, all in the spirit of learning. 

Upon successful completion of our Ignite Program, participants will receive full accreditation of Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

Program Commences
Tuesday 2 February 2021

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Annual State Conference - Trust & Collaboration: unlocking results

Trust and Collaboration play a vital role in delivering results for our communities.

The conference program will look at trust through the lens of ourselves, our teams and our communities, as well as exploring the vital role trust plays in successful collaborations - leaving us feeling positive, uplifted and inspired.

Conference date: Friday 19 March 2021

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We caught up with one of this year’s Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Laura Gamble, Senior Records Management & Accredited FOI Officer at Town of Gawler to find out how she found the program.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I was considering undertaking some kind of leadership course, I just hadn’t chosen one yet when my Team Leader suggested the ELP, and I’m so glad she did. The program has been fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about their next step in leadership.

Can you give us your top three highlights from the program? 

I think the first highlight would have to be our first face-to-face module. This doesn’t sound very exciting, but during the year of COVID-19 we have learnt to appreciate the little things! After only communicating through zoom for so long we finally got to put personalities to faces and our cohort just clicked.

Secondly, the Leading Change module, facilitated by Marguerite Kolar at the UniSA City West Campus, was my personal favourite. Change is a part of life and although there will always be those who resist the change, through this program, we have now been given the tools on how to overcome resistance and keep moving forward, making sure no one is left behind.

Lastly, our recent overnight stay at the Monastery, which included our presentations, graduation and final module was a fantastic way to conclude the year. We were able to celebrate the completion of the program while also reflecting on the past 7 months. It also gave us a chance, as a cohort, to further strengthen our bonds and networks for the future. I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

What is your advice for someone who is thinking of undertaking this program in 2021?

Absolutely do it. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain! It has given me knowledge outside of what I can learn in the workplace while also opening doors for further study opportunities. Tahlia and the LG Professionals SA team have done an outstanding job this year keeping the program running, and I can’t wait to see it further influence the actions of many other hopeful leaders, much like myself.

New Members

Welcome to our 25 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 of the 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

Informal Catch Up
Tuesday 9 February 2021
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Virtual (via Zoom)
For Network Members Only - contact Tahlia for more details.

Network Forum
Thursday 11 February 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
City of Marion
245 Sturt Road, Sturt

Further details will be available soon.

Committee Meeting
Friday 12 February 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LG Professionals SA Offices and via Zoom
All network members welcome!

Network Forum
Friday 5 March 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location TBC
Further details will be available soon.

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

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