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ADMs and crown corporation VPs operate in a more complex, demanding, and ambiguous environment than ever before. A number of factors are redefining the role, the scope, and the accountabilities of senior leaders. These factors include the changing roles of Ministers’ offices and parliamentarians and legislators, the perceived collapse of the knowledge advantage that public services once had, the increase in scrutiny and oversight by third parties, and the shrinkage of budgets. This program theme will assist executives in taking stock of such challenges and developing new leadership strategies to address them. Executives – in addition to being good managers – must lead and inspire. The program will provide senior leaders with tools to assist them in leading their organizations.
Decision making is increasingly afflicted by the curse of short-termism. Given the pressure of time, decisions are made without full information. This program theme focuses on a strategic approach to decision making - both for the long-term direction of public sector organizations and for urgent decisions where unknowns represent strategic risks and authority is unclear. ADMs and crown corporation VPs will develop a strategic perspective on the increasingly frequent situations where action is sought within extraordinarily short time frames, with limited resources and an undefined notion of success.
Public Sector Management
The work of ADMs and crown corporation VPs increasingly includes the need to manage departmental corporate initiatives on issues that span branches and portfolio organizations. For example, arms-length organizations have increasingly come under scrutiny from oversight bodies, the opposition, and the media. Issues of governance accountability between boards and governments continue to be a source of stress. This program theme will assist senior leaders in managing departmental corporate initiatives as well as the relationships between ministers and portfolio organizations.