New leadership strategy
Many large global corporations have very sophisticated approaches to talent management, leadership development and performance management. Generally though, this occurs well in businesses that are less diverse than the NSW public sector and where there is a high-performance culture and systems that support it.
At the 2014 NSW Institute of Public Administration Australia conference in July, the NSW Premier announced his vision for the NSW public sector to identify and nurture talent and create future leaders. Notwithstanding the complexity of the NSW public sector, PSC will work with department secretaries to capitalise on the current GSE Act reforms to commit to and invest in good systems. This, it is hoped, will lead to the replication of the best of private sector practice in identifying talent and creating leaders.
Work is underway to create an academy for talent and leadership excellence. Its key objectives are to:
- transparently identify talent and potential at all levels
- actively support the transition of people with leadership aspirations and potential, from their professional roles to leadership roles
- create a succession pipeline of talented mobile leaders ready to take on senior leadership roles across the NSW Government.
The academy will build on best-practice approaches in all sectors, both in Australia and overseas, and will work to complement existing leadership initiatives in public sector agencies. It is anticipated that the academy will be operational in early 2015.