Leaders Connect

A word from the CEO 

It's been so wonderful to catch up with many of you lately as many of us come up for air after a whirlwind few months of uncertainty. I have caught up with our Network Chairs and members, some in person and some over Zoom, and with our Emerging Leaders. There has been a common theme to these conversations which is pride in the creativity and innovation that has been demonstrated at councils across the state, coupled with an acknowledgement that it was fear of failure that was holding us back before COVID forced us to get out of our own way and 'give it a go'. For in the words of Brian Tracy, "It is not failure itself that holds you back, it is the fear of failure that paralyses you." So this month, join me in being more honest with ourselves about when fear of failure is getting in the way of our innovation and creativity.

Here at LG Professionals SA our latest innovation was a change to our membership model with a view to making membership more accessible to all staff in the sector. I am pleased to welcome 363 new members - you can see the list below. Welcome too, to new CEO of the District Council of Mount Remarkable, Sam Johnson.

Speaking of innovation, on the back of successfully delivering the State Management Challenge virtually, we are taking EOIs from rural councils with a view to running a Virtual Rural Challenge this year.

I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter,

July 2020
Edition 106

New Members

Welcome to all of our new members ... all 363 of you! Click here to see the list.

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

News Flash

2020 RURAL MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE - Expressions of Interest opening soon!

After the success of the first ever virtual State Management Challenge we are thrilled to announce that Expressions of Interest are opening very soon for our RURAL Virtual Management Challenge.

The 2020 event has tentatively been scheduled to be held on Friday 30 October 2020.

We are seeking commitment from councils interested in entering a team, prior to confirming the event for this year. If we receive commitment from eight councils the event will be viable.

Please keep an eye on your inbox - further information will be sent through in the coming week.

The Rural Challenge presents a great opportunity for regional councils to develop their staff through an accessible and cost effective developmental program.

LG Professionals SA Sponsorship and Corporate Partnership

Do you work for or know an organisation who would be interested in sponsoring LG Professionals SA?

If so, please contact Rhiannon at rhiannon@lgprofessionalssa.org.au to pass on their details.

As a not for profit association, LG Professionals SA rely on the support of sponsors to be able to continue to deliver the range of high quality events and professional development programs that we are known for.

Partnering with sponsors also creates opportunities for our members to learn, build relationships and receive best value.

Time is running out to go in the draw to win a free registration to our 2021 Annual State Conference, valued at $400 + GST. Make sure you update your details with us by COB Friday 31 July 2020 to automatically be entered!

Here’s how:

1.    Go to www.lgprofessionalssa.org.au

2.    Click on the small grey icon at the top of the screen 

3.    Log in (Click ‘forgot password’ if you don’t have one)

4.    Click edit profile - make sure you complete all fields

5.    Save and you’re done!

Congratulations you are now in the draw! Good luck!

Please contact Tahlia Willey with any membership queries on 8291 7994 or tahlia@lgprofessionalssa.org.au.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Many leaders find conversations about performance to be difficult and too often avoid them altogether.  Providing feedback, particularly when a team member’s performance falls short of expectations is one of the most critical functions a leader performs.  Yet for many this is one of the most dreaded and avoided.

This short program has been adapted to a virtual classroom format and aims to develop skills and confidence in holding these conversations in an easy and comfortable environment.

Program runs on Monday 24 August via Zoom.

Find out more

Women's Network Virtual Forum - Financial Fitness for Women

Registrations are now open. Register today! Limited places remaining! We'll be joined by Financial Planner and Team Leader at Statewide Super, Shellie McPhee, who will share her expertise on how to be financially fit, and the secrets to building a bright financial future.

Forum held on Thursday 27 August 2020

Find out more

A practical and insightful professional development program for women in local government.

You will gain skills to better understand yourself and your team, make an impact in the sector, develop networks and build your confidence.

Program Commences
Monday 2 November 2020

Find out more

SAVE THE DATE - Friday 13 November 2020
Further details will be revealed soon.

Sponsor Insights

We’re excited to announce our Statewide Super Hub is open!

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we are excited to announce the re-opening of our Adelaide City Super Hub to re-engage with our members, face to face.

We take the safety of our staff and members seriously, so COVID-19 best practices and social distancing measures will remain in place during this time and can be viewed on the Statewide Super website
here. Please review them before visiting the Super Hub.

At the Super Hub you can have your super questions answered by one of our team members, access a range of interactive super resources and discuss your financial situation, in person.

We are here to help you over the phone
If you can’t make it into our Super Hub, our dedicated team of Member Service Officers can be reached from 8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday on 1300 65 18 65 or via email at info@statewide.com.au.

We look forward to seeing you.
The Statewide Super team

We caught up with one of this year’s Emerging Leaders Program cohort, Rupinder Singh, Project Leader at City of Port Adelaide Enfield to find out how he's finding the program so far.

What made you sign up for the Emerging Leaders Program?

I wanted to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program as I have progressed in my local government career from a graduate Civil Engineering role to a Civil Projects Leader which requires sound leadership and project management skills to plan, lead and manage resources involving office and field staff to deliver design and construction projects. I previously participated in my Council’s own Emerging Leaders program which was quite helpful and shed some light on the key areas of leadership and I wanted to explore that further with the Local Government Professionals Program.

The most recent module focused on Culture – what was your biggest take away from this session?

I enjoyed the module focused on Culture and got to know why an organisation’s culture is so important and the extent of influence it can have on the overall health of the organisation, their people and customers. It’s often not discussed but it decides the way employees interact and the way we do things. The biggest take away from this session was to realize that a positive workplace culture of respect and trust increases employee engagement and productivity, health and wellbeing and retains quality staff.  

What are you most looking forward to as the program progresses?

I like to make the most out of this learning and development opportunity as I grow and evolve in my new position. It has been a good journey so far by networking with fellow participants from other SA Councils. Completing my first individual assignment on the TMP provided a good insight of my strengths and weaknesses at a leadership and managerial level. I hope to use the information and experience gained to develop a more transformational style of leadership as I feel this style resonates with me and is a more effective approach within the workplace. Subsequently, I am looking forward to working collaboratively with fellow participants on a group project and utilising our combined knowledge to explore and develop the role of Local Government within the community.

Network News

Whilst our networks may not currently be able to meet in person, that certainly hasn't stopped the information sharing, support and connections being made.

The most recent forum was held for the People and Culture Network on 23 July and included an update from Norman Waterhouse Lawyers on a range of topical issues affecting HR / People and Culture practitioners around EB's, casuals and what the future looks like in terms of Awards. Thanks again to Norman Waterhouse Lawyers for their support and for hosting this event.

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 virtual forums are being held monthly on a Thursday, alternating between morning and afternoon, with the next session being held:

Thursday 13 August
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Via Zoom
All network members welcome!

The next People and Culture Network forum (formal) will be held:

Thursday 15 October
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Further details to be announced soon.

General Managers / Directors Network Forum
Wednesday 16 September
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stirling Coventry Library
Further details to be announced soon.

The next virtual network forum will be delivered in partnership with Statewide Super on 'Financial Fitness for Women' on:

Thursday 27 August
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Via Zoom

Find out more

Committee Meeting
Friday 31 July
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Via Zoom
All network members welcome!

CEO Network Forum
Friday 6 November
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Further details to be announced soon.

Nominate today for the 2020 LGITSA AWARDS!

LG Professionals SA encourage councils to consider nominating for LGITSA’s 2020 Awards program.

The Local Government Information Technology South Australia (LGITSA) Awards have been developed to promote and reward excellence in Information Technology (IT) and Information Management (IM) across the Local Government sector in South Australia.

The awards will be presented at the awards Gala Dinner as part of the LGITSA Conference on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Nominate by Friday 21 August 2020. To learn more and nominate click here to visit the LGITSA website.

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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