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New programs released

In response to the issues we repeatedly see that stand in the way of people leading well, we have released some new programs for the latter half of 2019. Details and dates below:
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The Change Leader. Learn how to lead others through change with Dr Josie McLean

The ability to manage people and help them navigate change is now essential to successful leadership. In this five-day program participants will learn how to address challenges that continue to arise in their organisations and how to lead others through change who are resistant. Comprising interactive workshops and facilitated discussions participants will apply their learnings to real-life leadership challenges to discover new concepts, gain more insight into theirs and others behaviors, and learn a new approach to leadership. Scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Find out more

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Upper Spencer Gulf Leadership Program
This nine-day program gives participants the tools and techniques to lead others successfully by building their capability, self-awareness and confidence. They will learn how to act strategically and collaboratively and be better able to work through challenges in positive and effective ways. The program will also help create powerful cross-community networks and progress community projects to benefit others. Delivered across the Upper Spencer Gulf with many scholarships available. Find out more
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Conquering Imposter Syndrome with Dr John Wood
This interactive half-day workshop is designed to help participants conquer Imposter Syndrome through helping them to understand why it occurs, what the signs are and question whether it matters. Above all the workshop will give participants practical strategies so that Imposter Syndrome doesn’t inhibit their success. Find out more
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Governance Masterclass with Alexandrea Cannon
Our one-day Governance Masterclass demystifies the roles and responsibilities of boards and gives participants the confidence to contribute effectively and make the right decisions. A great masterclass for those on boards, those wanting to get ‘board ready’ and those reporting to a board. Delivered by experienced Board Chair and Board Director Alexandrea Cannon this masterclass has received exceptional feedback from attendees. Book Now
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Governor’s Leadership Foundation 2020
Information sessions have been planned and applications are now open for our life-changing Governor’s Leadership Foundation 2020. Apply Now
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Complex social issues explored – GLF 2019

What are the links between a poor start in life, child protection, the prison system and the power of human engagement, and should homelessness be on the political agenda of our new Government? These were some of the reflection questions posed to the 2019 GLF cohort after time at the Hutt St Centre, visits to the Parks Library, Adelaide Women’s Prison and a presentation on neuroplasticity by Dr Fiona Kerr.

Comments made following the session included:

I think the issue is not just homelessness, or criminal justice, or crime and drug prevention, I feel that the core issue is based on a lack of community and social connection where people become isolated and feel hopeless. With what we have learnt from Dr Kerr, isolation and trauma can affect so much in people’s lives. I feel that we need a leader/party to stand up for what is right and commit to long term social change regardless of votes and term lengths. I really believe it can be done, but will take a brilliant leader (or a group of passionate leaders) to break the political/election/popularity contest system that we have created for ourselves.

The visit to Hutt Street affected me emotionally. Some people are really dealt a tough hand in life through no fault of their own and end up finding themselves in dire situations. The volunteers are inspiring. I’m now really questioning the value of what I do and how I contribute to society.

I have been judging people too easily based on what they have done and what they are, rather than looking deeper and getting a better understanding of who they are before judging. On those two days I have completely shifted my mindset.

What stayed with me is how important childhood is and how difficult it is to learn basic behaviours at an adult stage. It is so important that children grow up in a safe and loving environment.

The last GLF session has impacted my leadership practice in a way that I will try and implement a bigger picture view into my organisation … I have developed a much better understanding of the phrase ’social responsibility’ that is often used in construction businesses and I have started living it.

Homelessness like so many other forms of disadvantage needs to be taken seriously as a ‘symptom’ rather than a phenomenon in and of itself. We need to get real on a political level about the economics of trauma. Having trauma-informed, trauma-aware and trauma-responsive policies that elevate the voice of lived experience at all levels is what it will take to create real intervention in areas like homelessness, mental health, child protection, violence etc. We also need to be real about structural violence and systemic inequity. This extends into all kinds of care and social justice spaces.

From a personal point of view, I am taking my two older children (aged 9 and 11) to volunteer at the Hutt Street Centre as part of the Angel for a Day program … it all starts with understanding and education of the issue.

I believe that homelessness is like other complex problems (environmental sustainability, refugees, etc.) whereby public opinion and societal attitudes will drive real change … Marriage equality is a case in point, same sex marriage wasn’t made legal in Australia due to any political party, it came about because Australians were ready for the change.

To force politicians to engage with the issue of homelessness, we need to encourage more Australians to connect with the issue.

Many people view incarceration as a punishment as opposed to a place to rehabilitate “human beings”. Society finds ways to either not think about these people or “otherise” them so they do not have to think about their circumstances. Maybe if we actually thought of these people as human beings and as part of our community, and sought to include them as opposed to exclude them, the instances of incarceration and homelessness may actually drop. Reflecting on this from a leadership perspective, it makes me consider what kind of experiences my colleagues have had in their lives. Instead of becoming frustrated and short with them if I don’t think they are acting in the way I would expect, I seek to understand instead of judge. Even those people who have traditionally rubbed me up the wrong way I look at in a different light. I will be seeking to first include and understand as opposed to judge from now on.

Much of this problem can be traced to a loss of human connection. Particularly as our society is becoming more individualistic. Traditional community lynch pins such as churches, charity groups, etc. are being traded for pseudo online communities via social media. We are becoming too quick to moralise our positions and seek to dehumanise those we don’t agree with … whilst we seek to exclude people from our communities as opposed to include them, even when they make mistakes, we are only going to increase the problem, not decrease it. Therefore, policy positions that strengthen communities, community inclusion and understanding would seem to be a sound focus area of any government.

Upcoming Events
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Leaders Lunch, Chris Stewart
Falling off your bike – leadership challenges and the healing power of pasta
Helping Hand CEO Chris Stewart is the guest speaker at our next Leaders Lunch on July 5. Chris has over 25 years of leadership experience across commercial sectors including professional services, financial services and healthcare. Chris has served on numerous boards, predominantly not-for-profits. In consulting roles, Chris worked with a diverse range of clients on business growth, strategy and corporate governance.

Chris will reflect on leaving a leadership role he loved and the fact that "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore"(Andre Gide). He will recount his leadership learnings following his departure from this role which he formed whilst riding his bike injured around Italy and consuming pasta three times a day. He will also talk about creating a culture of belonging. The lunch is from 12 until 1.30pm at Helping Hand, 34 Molesworth St, North Adelaide. Book now
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Inspiring SA Aboriginal Women Impacting The World – July 30
This forum will showcase Inspiring Aboriginal Women who are committed to making a difference in the world through their leadership, service and work in the community. The panel of speakers, including GLF alumni April Lawrie FGLF 2012 SA, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, will discuss their background and influences in their formation as a leader, the driving forces behind their work and how they believe they are making an impact. Find out more at the Australia Day Council of SA website.

Leadership Thinking
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The power of engaged teams
Engaging your people is critical to a successful organisation and as recently stated in a Harvard Business Review article, being in a team and having deep trust in your leader make an exponential difference to engagement. “To feel like you’re a part of a team doesn’t require you to be oriented to the company culture; neither does it require a particular training course or development initiative. Instead, it depends on whether your team leader and your teammates show up every day, talk to you, lean in to you, and support you.”

Leadership guru Simon Sinek concurs and in this You Tube clip suggests it's someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.

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The little things that affect our work relationships
Another recent Harvard Business Review article provides advice on how to view relationships at work and gives hope that “even the most toxic ones can be repaired” but also that “the most positive can quickly spiral downward”. Being able to get on the balcony and take perspective as well as spending time to value relationships and make positive “micromoves” is critical to harmonious workplaces.
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Two years on, where to for the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Over two years ago the Uluru Statement from the Heart called for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A recent podcast in the Sydney Morning Herald delves into why progress has stalled and the potential path forward with our new Government, as we prepare to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival next year. .
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GLF Alumni news
Hamish Cameron FGLF 2016 has been appointed by SA Police as the Director of Information Systems and Technology, the equivalent of CIO. Hamish was previously the Department for Child Protection’s inaugural CIO.

Let us know if you have recently been in the media, taken on a new leadership position or having impact in the community so we can include your news in our next edition.
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Quote of the month
"The generous phrase ‘good enough’ is designed to remind us of the many lesser – yet very real – virtues we already possess, and that our unreal hopes have made us overlook. ‘Good enough’ isn’t failure: it’s a grown-up cure for the sickness of idealisation."

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