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Community Placemaking Strategic Leadership Program

Strategic leadership for social and economic infrastructure
Delivering our next generation of precinct focused multi-service projects will require different mindsets from both central and infrastructure agencies. We need to align strategies and collaborate across organisational boundaries with different stakeholders and timeframes.

The Community Placemaking Strategic Leadership Program provides an immersive learning experience that  allows leaders to experience this complex environment and successfully build capabilities required to manage the “wicked problems” that arise in the practice of placemaking.

  • This is a three month process that will enable you to learn alongside senior leaders across NSW central planning and infrastructure agencies
  • You will develop a whole of system perspective whilst understanding the different measures of success and planning horizons of the various stakeholders.
  • Outcomes will require a shared vision and collaboration in adopting an agile and adaptive process to planning and delivery
  • This experience will include mentoring and coaching from recognised industry experts from both the client and delivery side.

Who is it for

This program is designed for senior leaders in government/ social and economic infrastructure agencies who are responsible in conceiving, planning and designing integrated community placemaking initiatives.

Capabilities you will develop

Develop perspectives on how to plan, design, deliver and maintain social and economic infrastructure. You will develop:

  • political intelligence
  • stakeholder engagement
  • structured thinking & decision making
  • influential & boundary spanning leadership
  • strategic alignment
  • communications & negotiations.
Simulation was an engrossing experience for me, and it accelerated the process of understanding the individual working styles of my team and the team dynamics.
Participant feedback on our programs

Your learning journey


The program runs across three months commencing with a 2-day initial scenario learning workshop which includes the identification of an individual real workplace focused adaptive challenge. This workshop is then followed by small group facilitated peer mentoring sessions which run throughout the program  concluding with a 1/2-day capstone event.

Real-life scenario
The Parklands Precinct of Western Sydney Metropolis and new airport acts as a live scenario. Key subject matter experts share their insights and collaborative solutions.

Adaptive challenge
Insights from the first workshop are embedded in the participant’s own organisation through a workplace adaptive challenge.

Peer mentoring
Scenario insights are transferred to your real world challenges over a three month period supported by facilitated peer mentoring.

The group reconvenes in a capstone event to continue the process of networking and developing the capacity to deliver collaborative solutions.

During dinner we offer a chance to discuss iconic projects with experienced executives from government and private sector.


Our delivery team is comprised of experienced learning development professionals.

Malcolm Dunn

Robert Rust

Julian Frecklington

Peter Duncan

Guest speakers

Learning from the lessons of those who have worked extensively on infrastructure and planning projects across NSW is key to the program. Highly experienced executives join the first two days of the workshop to share their insights.

Contact us

Speak to our Program Director Malcolm Dunn +61 2 8627 4914

Program dates - Nov 2019 to Feb 2020

Workshop: 19-20 November 2019
Coaching: December - January
Capstone: 20 February 2020

Tuesday 19 November 2019 - Wednesday 20 November 2019
9.00am - 5.00pm
$8,000 plus GST. Residential costs on request
Speak to our team +61 2 8627 4914
The program gives me ideas at how to look at a problem in a different way. It’s given me more time to plan the program of works at a strategic level.
Participant feedback on our programs
Utilising stakeholder management tools to resolve a key issue on my project. This issue is an adaptive challenge and not a technical issue.
Participant feedback on our programs