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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Public sector leadership: foundations

One-day short course


21st April 2016


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy


Professor Giles Hirst
Mr Andrew Carnegie



This one day workshop focuses on equipping those who are relatively new to the leadership role with the foundational knowledge, awareness and skills to be effective, insightful, capable and confident leaders.

Course overview


This workshop focuses on the development of practical skills that provide the foundations to successfully managing others and achieving both personal and organisational success. During this workshop participants will learn how to apply the strengths approach to understanding, managing and motivating others effectively as well as knowing how to bring out the best in themselves. The workshop will also provide participants with the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience as well as develop some practical understanding and undertake skill based exercises around building positive relationships, having courageous conversations, managing stress and building resilience in themselves and others, providing and receiving feedback as well as how to set themselves up for success by building a supportive and high performing team. Through attending this workshop participants will learn about the core skills necessary for achieving the requirements of their role and practice this in a highly experiential and supportive context. Key topics will include:

  • Tapping into strengths
  • Keys to relationship building
  • Effective communication
  • Developing and motivating others
  • Having courageous conversations
  • Managing stress and building resilience
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Building a supportive and high performing team

Course convenor


Professor Giles Hirst

Professor Giles Hirst is the Inaugural Chair of Leadership in the College of Business and Economics and an expert in the areas of leadership, innovation, and organisational networks. His current projects include building refugees confidence seeking and gaining meaningful employment. He has implemented leadership development programs with government partners such as DOT, and Parliament Victoria delivering significant enhancements in culture, leadership and performance. Working with EPA leadership from CEO to supervisor level he developed leaders capabilities that underpinned the organizations strategy of being a world leading environmental regulator. He has been awarded four Vice Chancellor awards for excellence in teaching. He has received more than $800,000 of Australian Research Council grants and half a million dollars of industry research funding working with multi-nationals such as AstraZeneca, Microsoft.

Course presenter (s)


Mr Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie has over 25 years’ experience in delivering solutions toward maximising personal and organisational success and effectiveness. He is a consultant, executive coach and much sought after trainer who has extensive experience in strengths based leadership, change management, positive psychology, employee engagement, resilience and organisational transformation. Andrew also works with organisations in taking a more proactive approach to a range of often difficult and complex workplace issues including negative team dynamics, organisational health, performance management and conflict resolution.

His work in leader and organizational development has seen him partner with Monash University and now the Australian National University in the development and delivery of leading edge programs in Authentic Leadership, cultural change and people management solutions, which have received both national and international interest and praise. His involvement in ongoing research and development in the field of leadership effectiveness and best practice brings the most contemporary thought leadership and applied evidenced based approach to his work in helping organisations build great managers and great leaders.

With his strong grounding in positive psychology, appreciative inquiry and active learning, Andrew is able to bring a unique approach to identifying ways that both leaders and organisation’s can transform how they manage their people toward achieving increased resilience, engagement, wellbeing and performance.

Course date: 9.30am–4.30pm 21 April 2016
Venue: Crawford School, ANU
Enrol: T 02 6125 2154 E
Cost: $1,100 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

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