Certificate Program Info
Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program
*NEW PROGRAM DESIGN*
The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is an interactive learning experience which brings together managers and leaders from a variety of government departments, crown corporations and agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Participants learn practical skills and theory from the facilitators and gain valuable insight from their professional exchange with key partners and colleagues.
The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program is a custom program developed by Gardiner Centre in conjunction with a steering committee comprised of Federal and Provincial government representatives. The program is designed to build core competencies within the provincial and federal public service of Newfoundland and Labrador. The program addresses leadership and management theory and practice relevant to all public service organizations. The interactive nature of the program provides participants with a unique forum for professional exchange, learning, and relationship building.
Gardiner Centre is committed to delivering courses which are current and relevant in todays environment. The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Programis reviewed annually by the steering committee to make revisions that reflect the changing needs of the public service.
The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program has been modified to be more flexible and relevant - focused on your needs. The 10 module program has undergone changes in topic areas, instructors, electives, and pricing.
Graduation from the Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program requires participants to complete the following 10 modules: 8 required modules and two elective modules.
Performance Coaching & Development September 24-25, 2018
Leading Organizational Change (formerly Developing a Strategic Change Plan) November 5, 2018
Managing Your Workload December 4, 2018
The Critical Thinking Approach for Better Problem Solving (formerly Problem Solving and Decision Making) Winter 2019
Fundamentals of Project Management Winter 2019
Leadership Fundamentals Winter 2019
2 Elective Seminars - To be selected from any of Gardiner Centre's professional development seminar offerings.
Applied Learning Report: a two to four page submission outlining the benefits of the application of the program in your workplace.
This certificate is structured to be flexible and self-directed so that it can be completed within one year or over several years.
- Understand and define your personal leadership and management style
- Learn to adapt your leadership and management style to meet the need of your workplace
- Become a more competent and confident decision maker
- Expand your knowledge of the political, economic and social factors which impact the process of government
- Improve project management skills
- Enhance communication skills
- Network with leaders from a variety of public sector organizations
- Learn the principles of individual and collective wellness
- Gain knowledge in employee and team coaching techniques
- Build competency of organizational leaders
- Improve organizational effectiveness
- Improve change management processes
- Manage the interface between ethics, values and government regulations
- Motivate teams to achieve higher productivity and performance
- Foster trust among stakeholders
- Improve decision making processes
- Enhance work management techniques
- Build high performing teams
- Use job coaching to improve productivity, motivation and morale
- Share best practices and strategies
- Build consistent management practices across the organization
Who Should Attend
The Public Sector Leadership and Management Development Program provides training for public sector Managers, Directors, Assistant Deputy Ministers, supervisors and other professionals who wish to develop their core competencies in these areas. Participants will benefit from targeted training to develop their core leadership and management competencies.
Dianne Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) honours degree in psychology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Saskatchewan. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in management (organizational behaviour and management information systems) from Queens School of Business, Queens University.
Dianne taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior (OB), human resource management (HRM), statistics, international business (focused on Japan), and management information systems (MIS) at the University of Saskatchewan, Queen's University and Nipissing University before Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she now teaches OB and HRM classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level as a tenured Associate Professor.
Dianne has experience as a private consultant in healthcare and education services in Saskatchewan and Ontario, various non-profit organizations in Ontario, and has served as president and vice-president (finance) for not-for-profit volunteer organizations in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. She has also spent some time studying, consulting and researching in the manufacturing industry (e.g., from power industry to consumer products) and provided guidance to start-up businesses in business planning. She coaches individuals nationally and internationally on personal and dog-sports-related skills.
Kara Arnold, PhD is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Memorial Universitys Faculty of Business Administration. During her tenure at the Faculty of Business she has served as Associate Dean of Research, Director of the PhD and MSc Programs, and Area Group Coordinator. Karas research focuses on leadership, diversity and employee well-being, and she integrates this in her work with clients in the areas of leadership, interpersonal skills and team building, helping them through organizational issues and challenges.
Dr. Tom Cooper is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University.
As a facilitator and consultant, Tom has worked extensively with most of the major private sector employers in Newfoundland and Labrador including mining, technology, forestry, fisheries as well as oil and gas. He has also done extensive work with small and emerging businesses throughout the province and Atlantic Canada. Tom was recognized for his efforts with small and emerging businesses by being a two-time national finalist for mentor of the year through BDC/Futurpreneur. Tom has also worked with all levels of government in the province and sits on a number of private sector and not-for-profit boards.
Prior to taking his position at Memorial, Tom was a Senior Manager in PwCs consulting practice in London, United Kingdom for seven years. At PwC he worked with major international companies in the area of process improvement, governance, and risk. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and undergraduate degrees from Memorial University. He is also a Certified Management Consultant.
Travor Brown is Associate Dean (Research), Director, Master of Science (M.Sc.) & PhD Programs, and a Professor of Labour Relations and Human Resource Management, with the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. He has taught at Memorial University, the University of Toronto and University of Ulster. Since joining Memorial University, he has been Director of the Master of Employment Relations program and has won both teaching and research awards.
An accomplished academic, Travor has authored over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, a textbook and over 70 conference presentations. He has also been the sole investigator on two national, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants. Much of his research examines issues concerning goal setting and training effectiveness, with special focus on management and leadership development.
Travors academic background is coupled with extensive industry experience. He worked in the telecommunications and manufacturing sectors prior to completing his PhD at the University of Toronto and remains active in the practitioner community. Given this background, Travor is well known for his ability to engage both practitioner and academic audiences and to show the real world implications of his research.