The Challenge is open to teams from across all sectors - don’t worry if you are not a local authority team as full background briefs will be provided!
Delegates, in teams of six, will spend the day as the interim management team of a fictional unitary authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with. Whilst the scenario is based on a local authority organisation, the skills being developed and tested are generic management skills that are applicable to all workplaces – even political awareness which, in its broadest sense (and certainly in the sense in which it is used when considering emotional intelligence) is about understanding the ‘currents’, or hidden agendas, in an organisation, and particularly the power relationships. Used wisely and well, political awareness is a force for good, and for getting things done in organisations, and it is an essential skill in life.
The delegates will have to work as a team, with both neighbouring councils and partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. They’ll have to choose which areas to prioritise, deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources. The Challenge will offer a rare opportunity for aspiring managers across all sectors to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and give them a taste of what senior management may be like!
We are also looking for volunteers to act as stakeholders and meet with competing teams throughout the day. Please follow the link below for more information.