A team from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council walked off with the ultimate prize at this year’s Australasian Management Challenge. Their win was announced at the LG Professionals Australia National Congress 2018 in Canberra, Australia.
The Australasian Management Challenge provides real-life problem-solving experiences for local government professionals, as well as opportunities to develop leadership, communication and analytical skills.
Teams must tackle a quick-fire series of real-life scenarios based on the kinds of management challenges that may arise day-to-day in the local government environment.
NZ Local Government Magazine has twice been invited to observe, and play a small part in, the Kiwi leg of the challenge and has seen first-hand how tasks are designed to push buttons and test the stress limits of participants.
(For more on this year’s local challenge read the article
Management Challenge: the best – and worst – of days in the May 2018 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.)
Bay of Plenty Regional Council won the Kiwi leg of the challenge in February this year when they competed against 14 other councils from around the country. Following on from that win, Bay of Plenty Regional Council represented New Zealand in Canberra, competing against seven teams from Australia.
Lead facilitators of the 2018 Australian Management Challenge, Jim Myhill and Jane Trotter, commented on the winning team: “The teams that competed in the final of the Australasian Management Challenge in Canberra were the eight regional challenge winners. These teams were the best of the best, so we expected a high standard.
“Even against such high-calibre competition the Bay of Plenty team shone through. They displayed outstanding professionalism, problem-solving, attention to detail and teamwork. They were very worthy winners.”
Bay of Plenty Regional Council also won the best ‘Risk Task’ award. This task was a component of the Management Challenge and was developed and judged by the principal partner of the National Congress and Management Challenge, JLT.
Over the years, Kiwi teams have won a disproportionate number of times at the Australasian Management Challenge.
This article was first published in the October 2018 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.