City of Charles Sturt Mentoring Program
The city of Charles Sturt has embraced “The Year of Women in Local Government”, establishing a pathway for local women to aspire to positions of leadership and influence. The project “Women Inspire” was established to engage three levels of participants, with each level supporting and learning from the others: Business Women to inspire and sponsor Council staff, and the Council staff to replicate these skills when mentoring local girls with leadership potential from Findon and Woodville High Schools. Jo Saies of PB Performance Coaching, herself one of the Business Women mentors, was engaged by the City of Charles Sturt to design and deliver a series of training modules for the Council staff and high school girls to support the success of the program. The workshops were fun, engaging and inspirational, equipping the women with leadership, networking, communication and mentoring skills, as well as the confidence to make the most of a mentoring relationship. “The young women selected to participate in the Women Inspire program are an amazing group” said facilitator Jo Saies. “They all have so much to offer and you could see their confidence and belief in themselves grow over the course of the workshops. I look forward to hearing about the contributions these women are making to their schools, their communities and beyond as a result of the program.”
ACH Group, in pursuit of its vision to become leaders in dementia care in SA, developed a Dementia Practice Leaders Strategy, and engaged PB Performance Coaching to launch its dementia practice leadership group. Working with the Manager, Dementia Learning and Development Unit, we designed a half day workshop to engage participants in the strategy and to inspire them to take up a leadership role as individuals and as a group. Facilitation included large group discussion, brainstorming, small group activities, visioning the future, individual reflection and action planning. Participants developed a group strategy for progressing leadership in dementia practice throughout their organisation, and began to establish personal actions and priorities for contributing to the leadership group.
Pacific Islands Leadership Program
In 2008 Jo Saies was engaged by the Australian Public Service Commission to co-develop and deliver middle manager leadership training as part of AusAid’s Pacific Public Sector Capacity Building Program. The five day residential program was delivered in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, to twenty-four public sector leaders from twelve countries throughout the Pacific Islands. Workshop content included: Leadership in the Pacific Context; Values and Culture; Leadership Capabilities; Self Awareness and Self-Management; Interpersonal Leadership Skills; Leadership and Public Sector Reform; and Strategic Thinking and Planning . Material was delivered using a range of learning strategies including presentation of theory, facilitated discussion, small group activity, case studies, guest speakers, site visits, self-reflection and participant presentations. Cultural, language, resource and technological challenges were managed throughout the program. The average participant rating for overall program quality was 5.5 on a six point scale. The average participant rating for the effectiveness of Jo’s facilitation was 5.4.
Want to find out how we can help your organisation with leadership development? Contact Jo via our email form or telephone 0412 319 394.