Strategic Public Manager, The

  • A 5-day public management certificate program for leaders who want to improve their ability to manage up, down and across government for maximum strategic impact.

    • The difference between – and the processes involved in – thinking strategically and acting strategically.
    • Evoking, implementing and leveraging the mindset of engagement for a culture of maximum effectiveness.
    • “Self-leadership” values and techniques for enacting and communicating them at all levels of the organization.

    Manage your organization and people for best results

    Government and public sector organizations today require strategic managers who can effectively lead programs that cost less, deliver better service, and add public value for their clients and society. This leadership certificate will provide you with foundational knowledge and new insights in five areas of strategic advantage in public management – preparing you for the next level and more responsible portfolios.

    The program will focus on key strategic issues such as:

    • Team and organizational fit with, and response to, global, national, provincial, and local context
    • Influencing strategic change in public service
    • Techniques and approaches to good governance in the public sector
    • Workable strategies for improving public service design and delivery
    • Leadership roles and relationships to leverage capacity and change
    • Legacy relationships with your organization as you continue to advance

    Who Should Attend

    The program is designed start-to-finish in our convenient 5-day certificate format for busy leaders and managers who oversee public sector programs and services – and want to accelerate their complete set of strategic leadership competencies.

    The state-of-the-art course design is ideal for federal, provincial and municipal managers – and those from the broader public sector – and will allow them to improve organizational performance, engage staff and advance new innovations in the workplace.

    What You Will Learn

    • What works well in public sector reform
    • How strategic managers champion innovation and get results
    • How the complex challenges of public management reflect Canada’s diversity
    • Managing change – why ‘where you stand depends upon where you sit’
    • What good governance means to delivering citizen-centred service
    • How to cultivate political acuity and business acumen
    • How to engage employees through teamwork initiatives
    • Leadership techniques – How authentic leaders ‘walk the talk’ and ‘walk the walk’, everywhere they go
    • How to create a strategic leadership action plan
    • Stewardship and ethical governance to add to your leadership edge

    Key Learning Framework

    You will develop your ability to resolve current management challenges and to achieve the outcomes expected using a dynamic planning approach:

    Context: Understand the needs of government in times of austerity

    Issues: Strengthen your grasp of the practical issues at stake

    Strategies: Learn how to formulate and apply workable strategies

    Results: Enhance your ability to assess evidence and ideas

    Leadership: Develop strategies for leadership influence in times of change

    Program Features

    • Practical group exercises to reinforce strategies and develop competencies
    • Peer-to-peer learning exchange to share experiences and establish networks
    • Mentoring and coaching by faculty on your leadership development
    • Personalized action plan on current management challenges you are facing
    • Follow-up planning to review your progress
    • “The time spent this week with the management of this program has renewed my vision of working toward a common goal throughout the organization.”

      K. WalkerSenior Engineering Technologist, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
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