Great Managers. Great Teams. Great Results.

Frontline managers play a critical role in driving a high performing public sector. That is why we are intentionally and systemically investing in developing our managers – so that we achieve great results for our great State.

The Manager Essentials program is a four-month development program for frontline managers that focuses on three essential areas for effectively managing in the South Australia Public Sector: Manage Self, Manage the Team and Manage the Business.

Manage Self, the team and business

It offers:

  • A dynamic learning program featuring contemporary approaches and practical tools delivered by sought-after experts
  • Contextualised learning to the South Australian Public Sector
  • Opportunities to connect and collaborate with peers across different agencies.

Manager Essentials resources:

  • Program brochure
  • Department/agency nomination form
  • Multiple participant enrolment form
  • Individual enrolment form.

Manager Essentials Program Portal

This program gives managers the support, encouragement and structure to ramp up their leadership impact. Whether participants are new to managing, or experienced managers, some of the areas managers will master include:

  • Understanding the four key success factors of emotional intelligence and using this powerful framework to create a personalised action plan.
  • Discovering personal strengths and blind spots, and how they support and undermine management impact.
  • Selecting the right team members and cultivating their skills to drive high performance.
  • Learning how to get the job done by keeping the team focused and motivated while holding them accountable.
  • Understanding why fostering camaraderie, collaboration and inclusion are key to cultural transformation.
  • Discovering ways to tackle challenging behaviours and situations before they escalate.
  • Exploring why planning, goal setting and managing time effectively can shift the odds in your favour.
  • Gaining robust strategies for leveraging your operational success during times of change.

Manager Essentials Learning Journey Wheel

The Intake 2 Virtual Manager Essentials program is delivered over a four-month period and consists of:

  • A half-day high impact Kick-Off Summit with inspiring keynote speakers
  • Individualised SEI leadership profile to build self-awareness and support your leadership development
  • Six core interactive webinars and four optional interactive webinars delivered by expert facilitators helping managers to manage self, manage the team and manage the business
  • Regular line manager briefings covering your key learnings on the program and tips for connecting with you
  • Access self-paced, online modules that deliver key messages on the essential HR responsibilities of managers
  • Online micro-learning activities (e.g. articles, short video clips, our portal)
  • Celebrate your success with a Program Close with engaging keynote speakers
  • Alumni events in 2021 to re-connect with your public sector colleagues.

The Manager Essentials program is designed for South Australian public sector frontline managers who are responsible for directly managing staff. Participants can be new managers or existing managers seeking to re-calibrate their skills.

This is a practising leadership and management program and is not suitable for aspiring managers. While executives may attend, specific executive development opportunities are provided through the South Australian Leadership Academy.

Opening Launch

Virtual Kick-Off SummitWed 5 Aug

Module 1

TypeWebinarOption 1Option 2Option 3
CoreMaking the Impact you ChooseThurs 6 AugTues 11 AugTues 18 Aug
OptionalPutting EQ into ActionTues 18 AugThurs 20 Augnil

Module 2

TypeWebinarOption 1Option 2Option 3
CoreBuilding Effective TeamsTues 25 AugTues 1 SeptWed 9 Sept
OptionalFostering Positive Team Culture, Collaboration and InclusionTues 1 SeptThurs 10 Septnil

Module 3

TypeWebinarOption 1Option 2Option 3
CoreGiving Feedback and Navigating Courageous ConversationsTues 15 SeptTues 22 SeptThurs 24 Sept
CoreUnlocking MotivationThurs 24 SeptTues 29 SeptTues 13 Oct
OptionalCommunication and Coaching to Unlock PotentialTues 22 SeptThurs 15 Octnil

Module 4

TypeWebinarOption 1Option 2Option 3
CoreFundamentals of Operational PlanningFri 16 OctWed 21 OctTues 27 Oct
CoreManaging your Operations for Maximum ResultsThurs 5 NovWed 11 NovWed 18 Nov
OptionalFinancial ManagementThurs 29 OctTues 17 Novnil

Manager Essentials Participant Portal

For agencies wanting to enrol multiple participants, please complete the  Department / Agency Enrolment Form and Participant Enrolment List – multiple enrolments.

For individual enrolment, please see below. Note, individuals directly enrolling are required to indicate on the registration form that they have endorsement from their line manager and agency or department.

Register your interest for upcoming intakes

For agencies interested in future intakes of the Manager Essentials program, please add your name to our waitlist for Intake 3 and Intake 4.

For any program or date enquiries for Manager Essentials, please email Amanda Moody or OCPSEManagerEssentials@sa.gov.au.

Participants are expected to attend ALL learning activities offered in the program. The program will run over four months and there will be a choice of webinar dates to suit different schedules.

Investment: $1,750 (before GST)

Investment includes:

  • Comprehensive learner guides and program aides
  • Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence self-assessment profile
  • Pre and post micro-learning activities
  • Online HR Essentials modules
  • Key learning summits with guest speakers
  • Interactive online core and optional webinars
  • Virtual networking groups
  • Certificate of completion.

We value your questions and feedback. Please direct any enquiries to the Manager Essentials project team via email: OCPSEManagerEssentials@sa.gov.au
Amanda Moody


Amanda Moody
Principal Leadership Development Consultant
(w) 8204 2273 (m) 0490 049 993 (e) Amanda.Moody2@sa.gov.au

Kirsten Hansen



Kristen Hansen

CEO EnHansen Performance Pty Ltd



Kristen is a pioneer in the field of neuroleadership through executive coaching, training, keynote presentations and blended digital learning. Kristen focusses on “transforming managers into agile leaders of change and performance”.


Richard Dore



Richard Dore

Co-CEO Proteus Leadership Richard Dore is recognised as one of the most effective Leadership, People and Workplace Culture Change facilitators in Australia. People love his engaging facilitation style – he’s fun, irreverent, a great storyteller and more importantly, he cuts through the hype

Angela Giacoumis



Angela Giacoumis

Co-CEO of Emotous


Angela is a sought-after leadership and emotional intelligence master trainer and coach operating at the nexus of business and neuroscience. She transforms lives by unlocking the power of brave leadership.


John Dare



John Dare

Co-CEO of Emotous



John brings over 25 years’ of experience transforming and building businesses and cultures to thrive through accelerating change, including deep expertise in emotional intelligence and neuroscience.


Steven Nayda



Steven Nayda

Executive Director of ZED Management Consulting


Steven has a unique ability to engage clients from all backgrounds at all levels. Steven has an extensive background in working in the South Australian Public Sector. He is very insightful and can draw on the collective wisdom of a group of leaders. He is a very passionate facilitator and seeks a shared vision and pathway to success.

The Manager Essentials Alumni Program will be commencing in 2021. It will enable past Manager Essentials participants to continue to develop, connect and inspire through training and development sessions, peer support, networking and information sharing.

Topics will focus on Manage Self, Manage the Team, and Manage the Business.

A list of events will be distributed next year.

We look forward to seeing you all there!