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Who should attend
This program is tailored to public-sector executives at the federal, provincial and municipal levels who are looking for fresh perspectives and approaches to policy issues and public-sector leadership.
This program is designated an approved recertification program by the HRPA.
About the course
This program has been developed to address the key leader-manager competencies identified by the Treasury Board of Canada and provincial and municipal public service counterparts. The program provides a unique overview of the frameworks and processes to address policy development, program planning and leadership challenges facing today’s public-sector executives.
No other program in Canada provides the same kind of exciting and intensive opportunity to interact with public-sector leaders from a wide variety of jurisdictions across Canada.
In this program you will learn to:
- Determine the proper scope and limits to government
- Manage your portfolio ethically, creating a culture of accountability
- Develop an understanding of the roles of public servants and elected officials in the strategic planning and execution process
- Demonstrate the importance of ensuring comprehension of the impact of government decisions
- Understand the power of the media and learn how to manage the message
Benefits for you and your organization
Queen's Public Executive Program is designed to enhance the strategic thinking, policy-making and decision-making skills of public-sector managers.
- Broaden your public policy perspective by interacting with a diverse group of session leaders and public-sector executives
- Sharpen your management and leadership skills by working with a world-class instructor team
- Bring in new ideas from respected session leaders and fellow public-sector executives
- Benefit from a proven executive development process used by thousands of Canadian organizations, including public-sector organizations from all levels of government and all jurisdictions in Canada
- Learn along with federal, provincial, and municipal public-sector managers from across Canada
- Improve performance in the most efficient way possible, at a cost much lower than that charged by consultants
- Establish an ongoing relationship with Smith School of Business and create a culture of lifelong learning within your organization
The program focuses on five key themes:
The fundamentals of leadership excellence and program management in government
- Review the increasing diversity of Canadian society and the changing role of government
- Learn how to manage change in government and impact on stakeholders
- Challenge conventional wisdom
- Create champions and coalitions to drive change
- Manage resistance to change and build commitment
Public-sector ethics and accountability
- Understand responsibility and accountability in government
- Increase accountability by pre-committing to performance indicators
- Discuss guidelines for interfacing with business and government procurement
- Discuss how broadly private-sector business concepts should be applied in government
The relationship between public servants and elected officials
- Identify the “make-or-break” issues
- Understand the role of political staff assistants
- Judge the appropriateness and legitimacy of various policy instruments
- Review many aspects of the current political landscape and their ramifications for regional, national, and international public policy
Speaking truth to power
- Focus on key policy outcomes for stakeholders
- Develop the ability to balance considerations for those impacted by political decisions
- Understand expectations of elected officials
- Understand the “politics of difference” and sharpening divisions in Canadian society
The media and government
- Understand the role of the media
- Develop key communication points that must be delivered
- Evaluate opportunities for delivering key messages
- Prepare for “damage control” when issues arise
Dynamic Remote Learning
Participate in the program from anywhere. Queen’s Executive Education remote learning programs combine live, dynamic video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.
Our learning platform is fully encrypted, allowing you to connect securely from home, office or anywhere in between.
Remote programs are designed to fit within your schedule, allowing you to learn new skills and immediately put them to work.
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