Water Journal : Water Journal September 2012-1
awa news WICD Skills Workshop The WICD Skills Workshop was held from 14--15 August in Darwin. The two-day workshop included a number of presentations on workforce planning and capacity development. There were also interactive sessions on leadership capacity, consultation on AWA's proposed Accreditation Scheme and a workshop to direct the goals and ambitions for the Water Industry Capacity Development (WICD) Network. On the first day, Dr Martin Challis, from Performance Frontiers, led delegates through a range of leadership approaches. Martin stressed the importance of conversation in leadership with "The role of the conversation as the vehicle that delivers leadership". Martin stated that he sees the principal focus of leadership as being: "the ability to recognise, take responsibility for, and respond to what is needed". Drawing from knowledge located in the fields of neuroscience and clear communication, as part of his session Martin introduced delegates to the concept of 'above and below the line' conversations (see Figure 1). This tool encourages leaders to examine their intentions and the quality of their thinking on a given subject or person prior to starting a conversation, the premise being that if you stay above the line in your thinking you can influence from a positive place. Paul Scott, Training Specialist at Power & Water, spoke about Power & Water's learning philosophy, strategy and traineeship program. The philosophy for training within the water services division of Power & Water is based on the 70/20/10 Learning Philosophy (Figure 2). It acknowledges that the training that individuals most require is on-the-job experience and feedback. As part of its training strategy, Power & Water has begun to bed down the essential compliances, competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities for career streams within the water services division. Paul showed delegates a screen shot from their database that tracks staff training requirements against those sets. Paul also spoke about Power & Water's trainee rotation and development program 'Water -- Learn It, Live It', which guides trainees through rotations within the division, providing a structured workplace learning experience that links to the formal training under the National Water Training Package. ACTION BLAME ACCOUNT Optimal Thinking Responsive Decisions Reactive Decisions Focus on Solution Focus on Problem Optimism RESPONSIBILITY OPENNESS ABOVE BELOW EXCUSE DENIAL DEFENSIVENESS Sub-Optimal Thinking Pessimism Figure 1. 20% Relationships and Feedback 10% Formal Training 70% On-the-job Experience Figure 2. ISO 9001 Certiﬁed ApprovalMark TM We manufacture and distribute high density smooth walled Polyethylene Pipe from 20mm to 800mm. Capabilities include co-extruding (inner and outer walls) and special colours in solid or striped. We also manufacture and stock HDPE ﬂexi pipe from 50mm, 65mm, 100mm and 160mm and PVC Flexi pipe in 100mm and 160mm diameters. Visit our website at www.cromford.com.au or contact our sales team on 1300 739 830 or email@example.com Cromford Pipe, a division of Cromford Group are proudly Australian owned and operated.
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