“I’m really proud about how the management team have formed professional and respectful relationships that were perhaps not there is the past. The Colloquium brought everyone together and made everyone realise that we are all in the same boat. We are not rowing our own race and we all have something to contribute, even if in the past we may thought that it was not relevant to the other person.”  

Chris Eddy, Chief Executive Officer - Hobsons Bay City Council

 

What were the expectations going into the program?

Hobsons Bay City Council wanted a program that challenged individuals to consider their everyday behaviours and actions in the context of the broader organisation, its values and responsibilities. A key driver for the program was to focus on how council leaders could operate more effectively as one team and not a whole group of small units working is silos. Chief Executive Officer, Chris Eddy was aiming to build a leadership team that communicated more effectively and understood that they had to work strategically and collaboratively in order for the council to operate optimally.

What have been the key impact areas?

Once of the most compelling outcomes that the program delivered for the management group was the recognition that Hobsons Bay City Council is one team and not a whole group of small units. Moreover, each participant was challenged to think about their role and how they as a leader contribute to the creation of a high performance team. Another compelling outcome has been the willingness and openness to have difficult conversations at all levels. Indeed, it has allowed the council to have the conversations that directly challenge the way that it performs.

What feedback did participants give?

During the program, participants were asked to provide feedback on various elements of the program including the impact it was having on their performance as a leader. A snapshot of the aggregated feedback is included below.

Hobsons Bay City Council

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“Great course which I feel will benefit myself, the team and the organisation” ​

“Excellent program. A lot to take away. Great tools to assist in leadership.” ​

The program content was useful

The facilitators were knowledgeable & engaging

The program was at the right level for me

The program is stimulating & engaging

I would recommend the program to others

AVERAGE SCORE

4.68 / 5

4.78 / 5

4.89 / 5

4.84 / 5

4.84/ 5

“The Colloquium has allowed us to have the conversations that we need to have, in the right way, to challenge the way we perform as a team and recognise that we can always improve. It has brought a real sense of how we can do better as a leadership team.”​

In March 2014, led by Chief Executive Officer, Chris Eddy, Hobsons Bay City Council began a significant project to enhance leadership and collaboration across the organisation. To assist in this journey the council opted to undertake the Australian Local Government Leadership Colloquium. The program commenced in May 2014, with an intensive workshop for Councilors and the Executive team. Following this introductory workshop, Mr Eddy conducted an executive workshop for the council’s divisional directors before bringing the whole council leadership team together for the Colloquium in July 2014.​

In March 2014, led by Chief Executive Officer, Chris Eddy, Hobsons Bay City Council began a significant project to enhance leadership and collaboration across the organisation. To assist in this journey the council opted to undertake the Australian Local Government Leadership Colloquium. The program commenced in May 2014, with an intensive workshop for Councillors and the Executive team. Following this introductory workshop, Mr Eddy conducted an executive workshop for the council’s divisional directors before bringing the whole council leadership team together for the Colloquium in July 2014.​​

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