Program updates and news from Leaders Institute

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Above: Leaders Institute CEO Cathie Brown receiving a donation towards a GLF scholarship from 2018 GLF Graduates.
2018 a successful year

2019 was a big year for the Leaders Institute – one in which we clearly met our brief to provide unique and unforgettable development experiences for our established and emerging leaders so that SA thrives.

We ran a highly successful Governor’s Leadership Foundation program which saw the participants so activated by their experience they raised $7,600 towards a GLF scholarship for a disadvantaged person to do the program (see more GLF news below). We introduced Governance Masterclasses to help maximise the effectiveness of those on Boards and working for Boards, particularly pertinent given the recent Royal Commissions.

We created a safe space for individuals to discuss workplace and personal challenges in our Leading Edge Peer Mentoring Program and we helped our emerging leaders know themselves better and learn leadership tools and techniques through our Integral Leader Program.

We signed off on our new Strategic Plan designed to help us broaden and deepen our impact in SA.

We won a contract to run a leadership program in the Limestone Coast and we delivered tailored programs for Wine Australia, Red Cross and the Australian Fertiliser Association. We were shortlisted for the 2019 Impact 100 SA grant which could enable us to deliver leadership programs in Elizabeth and Whyalla/Port Augusta.

In 2019 we plan to enhance our offerings through facilitating more exposure to the State’s leaders as well as boosting our tailored programs and increasing links between our GLF alumni and other program participants.

Thank you to everyone for their support, especially our sponsors and volunteers. We celebrated at our recent graduation events and end-of-year party.

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Above: Integral Leader Graduating Group
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Above: Leading Edge Graduating Group
 
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Andrew Beer, Armando Corsi & Allan O'Connor
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Saras Kumar FGLF 2017, Peter Stevens & Joanna Giannes
 
 
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Emma Barker & Kate Maslen
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John Sands, David Coombe FGLF 2014 & Lesley Marchioro FGLF 2017
 
 
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Fraser Bell FGLF 2001, Sharon Ferrier and Jacqueline Guerin FGLF 2001
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Gaye Jones, Alexandrea Cannon & Michelle Peterson FGLF 2001
 
GLF 2018

The 2018 GLF achieved its purpose with resounding success, once again showing the relevance of the program as it enters its 20th year. Self-awareness grew, horizons expanded, leadership opportunities were grasped, communities were positively impacted and lifelong friendships formed. A couple of our graduates reflect on their experiences:
 
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“I applied for the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program with the desire to gain more confidence in my leadership. That was the easy part, and it has been an added bonus to the overall GLF experience. I feel I now have a more holistic and grounded view of the world and the individuals around me. And I feel my foundation for social justice has been strengthened by my experiences throughout the program. I have learned, developed and practiced the tools of adaptive leadership, and feel I am still learning, developing and practicing. But what a journey! Thanks to the GLF, I now have the “magic ingredients” in my arsenal to address any leadership challenge. And I have formed the most unlikely but precious friendships: individuals from such different fields, backgrounds and experiences. An amazing year!” Dr Katherine Faull, FGLF 2018
 
 
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“The Governors Leadership Foundation has been the single most influential development program I have ever undertaken in my career. I have learned more about myself as a person, a leader and why I do what I do. Importantly the 2018 cohort have provided and presented perspectives that expanded my own life experience and made me a better human being. My own adaptive challenge is to now reflect deeply on knowledge gained and the perspectives experienced to ensure I effectively utilise my leadership qualities to influence and develop others around me to become more confident and adaptive leaders themselves.” Damien Farrell OAM, FGLF 2018
 
 
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“I entered into the program with big expectations and it didn’t disappoint. As the premier leadership program in SA, the program delivered. I wanted to be more aware of myself and others, to exercise my leadership more effectively and creatively; I wanted to know how to gather and use different perspectives to broaden my own and add value to the work; I wanted to understand South Australia better, the best State in the country, and see our talent firsthand and I wanted to use the experience to contribute positively. I was challenged, disrupted and supported to reflect, engage, create and act, and now my task, which I have wholeheartedly accepted, is to put this all into practice to demonstrate adaptive leadership to serve my family, work place and community.” Jackie Sincock, FGLF 2018
 

The year ended in style at our closing retreat including a dinner at Jacob’s Creek Visitor’s Centre and the graduation, attended by over 200 including many alumni from 2008 and our Patron, His Excellency, the Hon Hieu van Le, AC, Governor of SA.
 
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Closing Retreat dinner at the Jacobs Creek Visitors' Centre
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New GLF fellows, Belinda Ryan, Doug Hicks and Katherine Faull
 
 
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Governor with crowd at graduation
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Astrid Kuivasaari FGLF 2018, Tricia Larking FGLF 2018 and Lachlan McEntree
 
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Above: 2008 GLF alumni at the 2018 graduation
 
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Dennis Mutton Medal 
The Dennis Mutton Medal was awarded to Tracey Wallace FGLF 2014 for her work in supporting schools to encourage young people to volunteer.
 
 
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Leading Edge Peer Mentoring
starting Jan 29
Leadership can be lonely. Talking to others about your challenges generates understanding, confidence and success. Our Leading Edge Peer Mentoring Program participants can testify to this. Without reservation, all our 2018 graduates found the program really enhanced their ability, confidence and effectiveness as leaders. "The freedom to talk freely in a safe place with other professionals who can be completely objective has been very valuable".
 

The program is particularly effective for those trying to lead change but getting a lot of push back, those worried they are an imposter leader or those feeling wedged between their team and their bosses. Book into our next session starting on Jan 29 - Click here to book now.
 
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GLF Alumni news
Respecting First Nations – seeking Advisory Board Members - A Sign of Respect is a community driven social enterprise with a vision to promote culturally respectful communities. We do this by providing signs and support packages that enable businesses and individuals to show respect for First Nations peoples. Volunteer Advisory Board members are sought to provide ideas that strengthen the strategic direction and optimise the outcomes. For more information contact Kate Rush FGLF 2009.
 
 
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Professor Iain Hay, FGLF 2000, has been re-elected Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) for 2018-2022. IGU is an international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the development of the discipline of Geography through initiating and coordinating geographical research and teaching in all countries of the world.
 
 
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A five-day seminar looking at how to improve health and aged care through an integral framework will be co-presented by Dr Jörg Strobel, FGLF 2009. The seminar provides the opportunity to take a deep dive into the unpacking of challenges with a focus on generating measurable value and impact in all quadrants. Find out more about the seminar which runs from October 23 – 27, 2019.
 
 
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Doug Hicks FGLF 2018 has been interviewed on radio about his move from the army into civilian life and his experience in the GLF this year. Listen here.
 
Local Government: It’s great to see so many more women elected to Local Government these elections and we wonder if this isn’t a result of the 2013 GLF Community Action Project by Kath Button, Madeleine Davis, Margaret Faulkner and Alex Gaut. They ran World Café forums with women from diverse backgrounds exploring what would inspire them to become a community leader. Recommendations were provided to the Local Government Association and councils in SA.
Congratulations to the following GLF fellows who were successful in being elected and will be making a big impact on their communities over the coming years:
 
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Dr Jan-Claire Wisdom FGLF 2015 was elected to Mayor of Adelaide Hills Council.
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Dr Moira Jenkins FGLF 2013 was elected to Mayor of Victor Harbor Council.
 
 
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David O’Loughlin FGLF 2002 was re-elected to Mayor of Prospect Council.
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Houssam Abiad FGLF 2008 was re-elected to Councillor, Adelaide Council and Deputy Lord Mayor.
 
 
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Jane Russo FGLF 2013 was elected to Councillor, Unley Ward of Unley Council.
 
 
 

Let us know if you have recently been in the media or taken on a new leadership position so we can include your news in our next edition.

Summer reading

Looking for a good read this summer break? Here’s a selection of books focusing on different elements of leadership, notions of community cohesion and some compelling fiction also:
 
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Fear: Trump in the Whitehouse - Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame)
Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winning author Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) provides a meticulously researched and well sourced insight into the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. An aptly named read.
 
 
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Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
Leadership guru Brene Brown uses research and stories to show in simple language how you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and embed the value of courage in your culture. “… daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always”.
 
 
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Alive at Work – Daniel Cable
Social psychologist and professor Daniel Cable reveals the secret to restoring your staff’s zest for work including how to build creative environments that motivate people to share ideas, work smarter, and embrace change as well as feel a deeper sense of purpose.
 
 
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Deep Time Dreaming – Billy Griffiths
This beautifully-written book uncovers modern Aboriginal archaeology in Australia through biography, history and literature. Recommended by historians and Tim Flannery.
 
 
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Rocking the Boat - Debra Meyerson
How to lead change when your organisation’s values are not consistent with that change is the subject of this empowering, easy to read, practical book including a guide through the psychological challenges of staying true to one’s values, while working in contexts that might not (yet) share those values.
 
 
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Creating cities – Marcus Westbury
Tells how Newcastle turned its fortunes around and became one of the top ten cities in the world to visit by using the talent, imagination and passion of the people that live there. “A provocative and inspiring must-read for ... anyone who cares about the communities that they live in”.
 
 
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Religion for Atheists – Alain de Botton
de Botton, a non-believer, mines religious beliefs on a range of topics including relationships, work and culture and finds thousands of years advice that is useful regardless of your views. Beautifully written and packed with thought provoking ideas.
 
 
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Home Fire - Kamila Shamsie
A great fictional read about loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide against the backdrop of current geopolitical tensions. The book won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards.
 
 
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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
A poignant, uplifting and at times, funny, fictional story about perspectives, the loneliness of life and the power of connection and kindness.
 
 
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The Helpline, Katherine Collette
The Helpline is a light comedy about people power and brain power, ambition, greed and friendship and the difficulty of getting everyone to work together.
 
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