Greg Doyle, General Manager of Wollongong City Council, led a lively, interactive and thought-provoking continuum exercise in the Council Chambers. We were on our feet for the entire 2 hours at Council! A clear demonstration of how Greg lives his values, delivers on his promises and meets the expectations of people was played out in the continuum exercise. We moved from one side of the council chambers to the other, literally, while Greg unpacked many life-long lessons learnt.
Greg shared his experiences, including how every single day is a learning opportunity and how he seeks to improve what he knows each day. People are important to Greg, and they make organisations tick. Council employs around 1,300 people directly and 700 contractors, so that’s over 2,000 people. Council are currently embarking on a culture program and resetting values, challenging thinking and questioning how people live their organisation’s values as well as measure the outcomes. The alignment of personal and organisational values was also discussed in depth.
The LIP were challenged to join a board within the next 12 months. Greg suggested the LIP volunteer, get involved and contribute – there are lots of organisations who would love to have LIP participants on their board. The value of being on boards and contributing to community outcomes was a big part of Greg’s career journey, having been a director of a board at the young age of 22. Greg shared his career journey and inspired the LIP to challenge their own thinking.
Bailey Bond, Acting President JCI Illawarra and his team, presented a stellar event at SmartSpace last night, facilitating the coming together of the Leadership Illawarra Program MentorMe cohort with their own group of young leaders and their mentors. JCII and LIP run concurrent programs, and the Mid way and graduation events are therefore combined.
Nicki Bowman, facilitator and leadership expert kindly accepted the call to inspire and educate as our guest speaker for the evening. Nicki has developed a 7 part leadership framework based on her two decades of leadership roles at Board and executive level, as well as extensive research into what makes a leader great. Last night Nicki focused on one of the key elements of the framework - the need for leaders to convey purpose. You can read more about Nicki here https://www.nickibowman.com/ https://www.nickibowman.com/
Matt Bailey closed out the event with a vote of thanks on behalf of the mentees, giving thanks for the time and knowledge being shared by the mentors, and sharing his own personal appreciation of the success of his mentoring partnership at this mid-way stage, and encouraging the cohort to continue along their own.
Blog posts written by the Leadership Illawarra Program Cohort.