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Senior Management Virtual Challenge

The challenge is an all-day (09:00 – 17:00), non-stop, high intensity virtual simulation exercise that gives a rare opportunity for aspiring managers to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and give them a taste of what senior management is like.

14th October 2021
09:00 - 17:00
Virtual Event – Microsoft Teams
Entry Fees

The Senior Manager challenge sees teams act as “the management” of a fictional council fraught with issues and opportunities. The ultimate in development for new or aspiring senior staff.

You’ll face real life challenges and scenarios that senior teams might encounter but in a safe learning and developmental environment.
There will be opportunities to collaborate with “other” councils and partners, to develop new skills and hone your craft as you work your way through a day like no other.

The challenge is designed for teams of 6 people (maximum size) from any area of work. Delegates will spend the day as the management team of a fictional authority, taking on the many tasks and challenges that a senior team would.

Teams can be drawn from any level of management where there is an aspiration to develop and grow. The event is open to any team involved in local government delivery; councils, police, fire, health, housing, etc.

Benefits of taking part include:

  • Increased understanding of political “political environment” to develop “political acumen” and a real-life experience of face to face councillor interaction in a pressurised environment
  • Exposure to tasks and situations that senior managers face daily and some that luckily only occur occasionally
  • An opportunity to put analytical and problem solving skills and tools to the test
  • To better understand the need to build partnerships with relevant organisations and how to do it by having the opportunity to practise these skills
  • To develop and practise media handling, including press releases, social media management and direct media interaction
  • An opportunity to practice communication and presentation skills when under deep scrutiny
  • Exposure to intense time management constraints
  • An opportunity to develop resilience to rapidly changing priorities, demands and timescales.

Every person taking part in the challenge (both delegates and role players) do so from home, or wherever they locate themselves during working hours.
All communication between the teams and the people contacting them takes place over Teams.

Feedback and development:

As well as the experience of taking part this event is a competition. Who will be crowned the best “Chief Executive”, “Communications lead”, “Collaborator” or the best overall team?

It’s fun as well as interactive but you’ll also get feedback on the day and a development report to show what you did well (and should do more of) and where you might want to develop further.

Cost: The cost of the day is £ 1,999 plus VAT per team of six.

To secure your places, please complete the booking form and return to jayne.cole@eelga.gov.uk 

Please note: There will be a mandatory 30 minute briefing session for participants on the 7 October. This will take place at 10:00 – 10:30 via MS Teams.

If you have any queries please contact Jayne Cole, Events Manager, East of England LGA, email: jayne.cole@eelga.gov.uk 

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