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Getting to the Top…10 tips for aspiring Council GM’s/CEO’s

8 October 2018

Getting to the Top…10 tips for aspiring Council GM’s/CEO’s In my experience, people working in public service tend to have a sense of humility that you perhaps wouldn’t find elsewhere. Self-serving and boastful Gordon Gecko, ‘greed is good’ types, really aren’t attracted to local government. If...

The Benefits of Secondment

27 August 2018

Secondments involve the temporary transfer of an employee to another part of the organisation or a transfer externally. Secondments can be made within public sector organisations, private sector companies and the charitable sector. Secondees can learn additional skills, benefit from new experiences and of course it’s...

Are you looking in the right place for productivity improvements?

17 July 2018

Most organisations these days are searching for greater efficiencies and effectiveness. For example, in the local government sector there is focus on service reviews. This is a process for assessing whether the council should be in a business and, if so, whether the service standards should...

How to spot a great CEO/GM candidate

17 July 2018

Recruiting a Chief Executive or General Manager — How to spot a great Candidate One of the most important decisions a Council will ever make is the selection of its General Manager/Chief Executive. That person can make or break the Council’s reputation in its endeavours to...

Celebrating Excellence in Local Government

17 July 2018

We were delighted to again be the sponsor of the Innovative Leadership and Management Award, presented at the LG Professionals NSW Annual Awards Dinner held at Doltone House, Darling Island Sydney. This award specifically recognises superior leadership and management skills to achieve outstanding benefits for the organisation...

Are you looking in the right place for productivity improvements?

23 April 2018

Most organisations these days are searching for greater efficiencies and effectiveness. For example, in the local government sector there is focus on service reviews. This is a process for assessing whether the council should be in a business, and if so, whether the service standards should...

Applying for a Top Job — how to make the shortlist

23 April 2018

At Blackadder Associates we firmly believe that ambition is a good thing. It’s what drives us to excel, it pushes us to complete tasks, meet deadlines, and even to try new endeavours. Some employers don’t like ambition – they worry about losing you to another...

One Small Cheer for the ‘Leader as Hero’

23 April 2018

We live in a world where the current definitions of leadership have a post-heroic connotation. The claim is that it is possible to be a leader without being a hero. The argument goes that heroic leaders are viewed as being omnipotent within the organisation, that their...

Succeeding at GM/Executive Interviews

16 April 2018

You're a little nervous. You're sitting in the Council chamber with the Mayor, Councillors, and me. Take a deep breath and remember you've already passed the first test — the shortlisting process. You are down to the last half dozen of thirty or more, well-qualified...