Activate Report - Week 7 - Building Networks & Supports
Participant: Marnie Broad
Networks & Supports
As we entered week 7 of 8, we were all acutely aware that the
program is coming to a conclusion. Whilst we can already appreciate
how much we have gained from the program to date, Cynthia and
Rosemary's common quote "you will finish this program with more
questions than answers" is starting to resonate with many of
Our first presenter of the day was Kerri Erler, who is the
Manager of Economic Development for the Barwon South West Region.
Kerri's leadership journey began in her hometown of Queenscliff and
has now spanned three decades in the political sector. Her role has
diversified throughout that time due to government changes but also
due to her commitment to further education. Coming from such a
different background to some of our previous presenters, it was
very interesting to learn about Kerri's political journey and how
she has been able to adapt in such a reactive industry.
Her insights into leadership were invaluable and often came back
to some of the key topics that past presenters have touched on.
Check in with your core values
Rely on your team and don't try to micro-manage
Take the team with you
The importance of transformation leadership
Her final words of wisdom were that there is no set view or
standard on leadership - we have to find that for ourselves.
Next up we were also fortunate to have Robin Miles from the
Geelong Consulting Group join us. Robin demonstrated some very
simple tools that would allow us to drive outcomes, prepare
strategies and create growth in our workplace, in our community and
in ourselves. He stressed the importance of taking on achievable
goals and using actions to do this. The actions, he said, are there
to create momentum but do not necessarily create the change or
achieve the goal in themselves. He encouraged us to use the GROW
model to start driving some achievable goals.
Robin allowed us to gain some valuable tools for our future as
leaders which I think we all appreciated greatly.
After this, we split into groups to reflect on a leadership
challenge. For many of us, this activity demonstrated the valuable
skills and knowledge this program has provided to us and also
confirmed that our fellow Activate program participants are a
resource that we can rely on in the future.