Transition to Leadership Program

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Today, I completed a training course at La Trobe called: “Transition to Leadership” (along with about 25 other participants), designed for those who have a potential view to future leadership positions in the university sector. It was quite intensive – started back in February, with four full days of workshops and a group assignment thrown in, the purpose of which was to identify a significant University challenge and develop a strategy to tackle it (via report and presentation to the relevant Committee). My group’s issue was student residential service provision in the wake of future likely expansion.

I found it to be a most worthwhile experience. Moreover, upon reflection, it’s easy enough to sit back and bag senior administrators relentlessly for their decisions and performance, but it’s another thing to be able to develop the skills do a better job yourself. To this end, the course gave me a bit more empathy towards these administrators, and I have learned enough such that I will no doubt be less critical ‘purely for the sake of it’ hereafter.

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Teaching in Bendigo

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I have the pleasure of teaching at La Trobe’s Bendigo Campus in my first-year macro subject over the next three Thursdays (1, 8 and 15 May). The Campus is beautiful – set on the edge of town, near a state forest, and occasionally attracts kangaroos to Campus grounds.

I am originally from the Bendigo region (just as famous theorist, Frank Milne), so I look forward to seeing a bit a family while up there. Despite both this, and that I have been at La Trobe since 1997, however, this is my inaugural sojourn to our Bendigo Campus. Very much looking forward to the experience!