ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program: 2017 alumni discuss benefits of the program

ANZSOG’s Executive Fellows Program: 2017 alumni discuss benefits of the program

“One of the key things that I’ll take
away is that I have a stronger network of like-minded individuals in New
Zealand and across different jurisdictions in Australia that I can
pick up the phone to because all of us face tricky wicked issues that are
difficult to solve on your own so it’s great to have people that aren’t invested
or involved in that particular problem to help you navigate your way through it.
JO MITCHELL: I’ve learned so much through the EFP some of its around you know ways of
thinking some of them are around practical frameworks some of it’s also
from my colleagues around interpersonal ways of working that can help us to be
better public health leaders and to create public good. SYLVESTER SHAMY: The networking opportunity it gives you is priceless you know so if this was any other course
any other MBA course for example I don’t feel I would have got the depth and
the breadth of information and participation that I had on this course.
EMMA CATFORD: I think it’s going to benefit me in ways I probably don’t realize just yet
with respect to the frameworks that we’ve learnt, putting a bit of
science behind perhaps what I already do and causing me to stop and think before
I do act. So I think it’s given me some confidence to trust my own abilities and
also challenge and areas where I might think that I’m a bit comfortable to see
if I can get more out of myself and more importantly more out of those that I
work with to deliver public value for the community. TRISH WOOLEY: What’s unique is getting to spend three weeks with other leaders who are facing the same
challenges and being able to collaborate with them on a personal level but also
to problem-solve with them. SIMONE JACKSON: It’s both confirmation of the skills and strengths
I had as well as an opportunity to be reflective and to understand where there
might be a deficit or an area for further development. DALLAS D’SILVA: I think the course is really going to help us or help me to share some of the learnings with our
staff with the executive with our stakeholders as well.
Certainly things around improving diversity and how important that is to
get better decision-making and build a really strong vibrant culture within the
organisation is one of the key learnings that I’ll take away from the course. PETE CHURCH: I think the EFP has brought a whole lot of things to the front of consciousness
particular about the role of leader and my role in the leadership for government
in New South Wales particularly things about how you espouse your own values
and the type of impact you make on others not just those below you but
those around you. LEANNE WRIGHT: I think the EFP program has provided great insights to thinking
about leadership on a deep level to looking at the strategies I currently
use, having the opportunity reflect on those and build on a strong evidence
base that’s been presented to us about what great leaders do and and ways of
approaching leadership challenges. NIGEL PRINCE: I think that this has been reaffirming in respect of looking at the theory and how that gets put into practice, debating
that with a cross-section of experience and taking in those learnings
out on a personal level and really starting to articulate the difference
between management and leadership. JANINE THOMPSON: I think there’s a whole range of things
that make the EFP unique. I think the fact that it’s Australia and New Zealand
I think the fact that it’s Commonwealth and state and not-for-profit. I think
it’s that we’re in different locations in quite different locations.

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