Bridging the Gap: From Management to Executive

Bridging the Gap: From Management to Executive

Designed to enhance the skills and broaden the knowledge of new executive leaders by building a framework to connect their past strengths with their future roles.

Who should attend?

  • Superintendents and Commanders from State police, fire, emergency services and public safety organisations
  • Executive level 2 and SES 1 officers from Commonwealth agencies

Learning outcomes

  • Enhance your readiness for executive advancement
  • Increase your skills and knowledge base to drive personal executive performance
  • Understand how to participate, motivate and lead high-performing teams for greater organisational performance
  • Elevate your understanding of current and emerging issues for public safety organisations
  • Expand professional networks and strategic alliances promoting personal development, mentoring and inter-agency liaison.

“The program reinforced the definition of authentic leadership. Learning to give something up with such close peers allowed me to go back to my own team and build stronger trusting relationships.”

David Baker, Country Fire Authority

Why do Bridging the Gap?

The journey between management and executive is one of the most challenging for emerging leaders.

Bridging the Gap is designed to build those capabilities identified as factors for generating high performance from senior executives. The program provides a personal architecture to creating a successful transition between management and executive.

Participants will examine how they can meet high performance expectations and survive public scrutiny in a frequently sub-optimal operating environment.

Each component of the program is designed to challenge participant’s readiness to move forward while delivering a plank by plank framework for effective career progression and executive leadership. Throughout each stage, participants will face and consider ways to overcome challenges, as an individual and as part of an executive team.

As an individual, participants will analyse which behaviours and attitudes are stopping them from achieving successful outcomes.

As a member of an executive team, participants will investigate the difference between authority and leadership and the strategies for influencing team members through situations of ambiguity and change.

Underpinning the program will be an exploration of the increasing complexity of the current public safety environment.

“I thought the course would provide me with the ‘academic’ learning for Executive Leadership instead it provided me with much more. I was given the opportunity to get a better understanding of myself and how I need to change in order to work at the Executive level. Very confronting but the course was developed and conducted to support this type of learning.”

Andrea Heath, Tasmania State Emergency Service

What does the program cover?

Operating in high performance executive teams
The main competitive advantage for any business is teamwork. This program provides an understanding of what it takes to be a member of a high performing executive team and the responsibilities and obligations attached to this role.

Effective communication
The use of language can create and shape new possibilities, reframe perspectives and influence the level of commitment in others. This program explores how relationships can be shaped through effective communication strategies.

Practical collaboration
Gain a deeper understanding of the engagement strategies and problem solving know-how needed to build more meaningful stakeholder relationships, and generate more lasting and innovative outcomes.

Psychology of group interaction
The size of a group dictates which strategy can enhance intercommunication. The program will explore the social dynamics of group behaviour and the different types of dialogue available to influence group interaction and achieve outcomes.

Story telling
Story telling is an extremely effective method of communicating; it creates shared meaning and a sense of empathy and poignancy. Delivered as an outdoor experiential exercise it promotes higher levels of interpersonal communication, stimulates strategic thinking and reflection of self.

Immunity to change
Organisations are full of examples of change processes that didn’t “stick”. Much of this can be explained by both organisational and individual resistance to change. This program will examine the complexities of individual and organisational change and expose those drivers that inhibit organisational change.

Building adaptive capacity
Being adaptive refers to the ability to anticipate problems or unexpected challenges and constantly consider new methods of continually achieving the desired outcome. This program examines how critical thinking, emotional awareness of both self and in others, and the organisational structure combine to build capacity through individuals being metacognitive and collaborative.

Real world lessons
Participants explore contemporary case studies in strategic governance failure in a public safety organisation and examine the implications of dysfunction in an executive team.

Industry visits
This activity exposes participants to the strategic and competing demands of private sector organisations. The aim is to generate discussion about the contrasts in strategic and operational performance, with the aim of gaining a better appreciation of the importance of executive leadership, regardless of industry.

Leading strategically
The need to ‘step up’ to strategic leadership, when confronted with the complexity of the operating environment at executive level, is explored. The application of systems thinking is examined as a toolkit for enhancing executive performance.

“My ability to lead was absolutely enhanced by my experience with the program and this has resulted in being asked to move to Canberra and expand my scope of influence.”

Darren Boyd-Skinner, Australian Federal Police

How is the program structured?

Bridging the Gap is a condensed 8 day program, running Friday to Friday (minimising time away from work).

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Travel Mobilising Executive Leadership Leading Strategically in a Complex Environment Strategic and Operational Performance Spanning the Executive Space Relationship building Effective Communication Reflection
Introductions — Thinking about Leadership Building adaptive capacity in others and self From stagnation to innovation High Performance Executive Teams Thinking for a living Practical collaboration The power of storytelling Where to from here…
The power of reflection Personal Leadership Pathways Leadership Case Study Leadership Case Study Immunity to Change Strategic Governance Learning from peers Travel


The AIPM’s executive management programs are internationally recognised for their effectiveness in developing superior leadership skills that drive organisational performance in the public safety sector.


8 day residential program


AIPM, Manly, NSW, Australia

More information

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