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A Message from Mark Ogston

A Message from Mark Ogston

26 April 2024

Mark 1

Dear Valued Clients,

I hope this message finds you well. 

In this newsletter we’re contemplating leadership, transformation, change and performance, and following the elections across Queensland, this is clearly on the minds of our newly elected community leaders.

Firstly, I extend a warm welcome to the new Mayors and Councillors, and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to those who have been re-elected. Your commitment to public service is commendable, and I look forward to collaborating with you for the betterment of our communities.

At Leading Roles, we understand that high performing Councils create high performing communities, and I’ve recently been working with several councils in the establishment of clear and robust performance plans for their Chief Executive Officers and General Managers. 

Effective performance planning and management is essential for driving organisational excellence and achieving strategic objectives. There is no room for a 'cookie cutter’ approach to these plans, and we work closely with councils to ensure that these plans are tailored to your unique needs and objectives.

At Leading Roles, our approach to executive performance planning and management incorporates the 'whole person' and the 'whole-of-council' business, and includes:

  • Adherence to Council's values, 

  • the leader’s performance against the competencies of Executive Leadership, 

  • time-bound agreement to the Council’s strategic and operational delivery program, 

  • the CEO/GM’s statutory responsibilities, and

  • secures commitment to personal and professional development.

By fostering a culture of excellence, strategic alignment, transparency and accountability, we can enhance the delivery of essential services to our communities.

In this edition of our newsletter, I invite you to explore two articles that delve deeper into topics crucial to achieving high performance in local government. The first article discusses the importance of creating a high-performing executive team as a fundamental driver of innovation, efficiency, and service excellence.

The second article highlights the significance of appointing an interim CEO or executives following an election. Transitions in leadership can be challenging, but with careful planning and strategic interim appointments, councils can ensure stability and continuity in their operations.

As we navigate the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, rest assured that Leading Roles is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can transform local government through high performing people.

Warm regards,

Mark Ogston CEO, Leading Roles