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Schulich Executive Learning Centre

Strategic Leadership (Masters Certificate in Public Sector Leadership)

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Feb 3—7, 2020
5 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 4150 ≈USD 3161
CAD 830 per day

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About the course

Understand and respond effectively to the broader context of public sector management

Global Trends in Public Sector Management

The public sector is under great pressure to change. The economic, social, demographic, environmental and technological drivers and trends that propel these changes are global in nature. Governments and public-sector organizations must develop innovative practices to adapt to and deal with these changes.

  • Understand how public service is evolving in Canada
  • Obtain an overview of the global drivers and trends that propel changes in the public sector
  • Identify examples of innovative practices used by government and public sector organizations to deal effectively with these global drivers and trends.

Developing a Strategic Mindset

Strategy is challenging in the government and the broader public sector due to changes in political leadership, external factors, stakeholder advocacy and scrutiny by the media. Exceptional leaders recognize that only when strategic thinking becomes a part of everyday working life will it strengthen options to take actions today that position the organization effectively in the future.

  • Understand why a “systems” approach is critical to effective strategic thinking and planning
  • Cultivate a “growth” mindset versus a “fixed mindset” to improve your personal and strategic leadership abilities
  • Foster a strategic thinking mindset within your teams and culture

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Gain new critical thinking skills; improve your ability to examine issues from new perspectives, reframe them, and resolve them with creative problem-solving techniques.

  • Improve competence in anticipating and preventing problems before they occur
  • Determine the causes of problems using root cause analysis
  • Develop new approaches to decision making, problem solving and managing public policy dilemmas

Stakeholder Relations, Strategic Alliances and Political Acuity

Successful policy, program design and delivery require effective stakeholder relations, strategic alliances and partnerships. Political acuity is an essential competence to managing stakeholder relations and realizing your goals.

Who should attend

The program has been designed for:

  • Executives and senior managers at the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government, as well as the broader public sector, who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their department or agency
  • High-potential professionals in the public sector who wish to develop their skills to the next level and aspire to senior level leadership in the government or not-for-profit sectors
  • Public-sector leaders who will be succeeding to higher levels as current senior personnel retire
  • Professionals in the private sector who interface with government

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Alex Lowy

Alex Lowy consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations around the world address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontari...

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Michelle Chambers

Biography Michelle brings more than 25 years of proven and successful leadership, coaching, training and consulting experience, including work with three of Canada’s Top-50 employers, a Financial Post Top-100 organization and a Greater Toronto 2011 and 2013 Top-50 Employer. Michelle is an organi...

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Gail Levitt

Biography Gail is one of Canada’s most experienced negotiators and professional instructors in the field of business negotiating and innovative negotiated solutions. She is a Harvard University trained specialist in both collaborative and competitive bargaining methods, and facilitates negotiati...

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Peter Constantinou

Peter is one of Canada’s leading practitioner-academics in the area of public policy and administration. He has worked as a senior civil servant, chief of staff to a cabinet minister, lobbyist and international consultant. As a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, his rese...

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Lee-Anne McAlear

Lee-Anne McAlear is Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Applied Innovation Management for the Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University. Lee-Anne is an experienced facilitator, writer, consultant and speaker with a background in innovation, leadership development, strategic plann...

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Atipol Bhanich Supapol

Atipol is a highly rated professor at the Shulich School of Business at York University. He specializes in alternative financial arrangements, international technology transfer, multinational corporations as well as economic development of South East Asia.

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John R. Allen

Biography John is one of the leading experts and specialists in performance measurement for public sector organizations. He has instructed thousands of public sector leaders on how to effectively develop and implement performance measurement in their organizations. John has more than 30 years’ e...

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JP Gedeon

Biography JP Gedeon is a nationally recognized, published expert in leadership, leadership psychology, corporate transformation and cultural change. Over the past 20 years, he has held executive level positions in the private, public, academic and association sectors, having developed many of th...

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H. Ian Macdonald

Biography Ian Macdonald is President Emeritus, York University; Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Schulich School of Business. Prior to his time at York University, Ian has held positions as Chief Economist, Deputy Treasurer a...

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