LGMA Management Challenge


What is the Challenge?

The LGMA Management Challenge is a sophisticated developmental program that produces outcomes that are relevant, tangible and enduring benefits for your people, your teams and your organisation.

It's also good fun, great value and highly effective training.  Your Council could join the many Australian and New Zealand Councils that have made it part of their HR Development Program.

Teams of five or six members, with the aid of an in house mentor and a detailed Mentor's kit, spend a few hours in the weeks preceding the Challenge to develop team skills, get to know each others strengths and plan their strategies. The professional development has already begun and they will be engaging real issues in their own authority.

The Challenge Day is held in each capital city and some regional centres. Teams come together in March to apply their skills to tasks that typify management in the local government environment. The tasks are crafted to develop individual and team competencies in predetermined areas.

Detailed and targeted reports from professional facilitators provide the basis for workplace debriefing and application of learning outcomes to the workplace. The team even gets a personal debrief from the facilitator.

The best performed team in each State and New Zealand will contest the Australasian final.

The LGMA Management Challenge is designed to deliver personal, team and organisational development. It is based on relevant material suggested by practitioners, effective management practices and translation of outcomes into the workplace.

More than any seminar or traditional training program, The Challenge provides effective staff development through participative learning. And the investment required for this quality training program, translates into extraordinarily good value.

Who Should Enter?

Every Council in Australia and New Zealand should have at least one team in the Challenge.  The Challenge is designed to provide relevant learning for all participants and it does!

Ask for a participant's evaluation summary, or better still the name of a Council nearby that has taken part.

And don't be concerned about competitiveness, as this would overlook the essential purpose of the Challenge.  It is a competitive event, but that is just a design construct.  The Challenge is designed to ensure your team members will develop new/improved skills in effective team processes, issue resolution and situational leadership.  Teams are also assisted by the provision of sample tasks from past Challenge events.    

So make up a team with people from any discipline or hierarchy. Everyone in every team comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management.

The LGMA Challenge in 2004

The Challenge has always been highly outcome focused and is strongly premised on ten critical management competencies. In 2004, the three competencies that will be targeted are in bold:   

Negotiation Skills    


Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Planning and Project Management 

Effective Team Skills      

Presentation and Expression Skills             

Advocacy and Influencing Skills

Interpretive and Analytical Skills

Culture, Ethics & Values

Financial Awareness

These competencies represent essential aptitudes for success in any position of responsibility in any organisation, in any sector. They are life skills, which will enhance individual performance in any circumstance.

Feedback -  The critical link in learning is feedback. Easy to read team scores can be compared with all-team averages. Expert commentary based on process observation underscores team strengths and how to be even more effective.

Observers -  Professional facilitators will be supported by experienced local government practitioners chosen from an observers panel. This means even better feedback and learning outcomes for your team.

So, What's Next?

Some simple steps get you started.

CHOOSE A TEAM Team members will soon create their own momentum, but initially somebody needs to provide the stimulus. It is sometimes (but not always) the CEO/GM. Certainly the project will have his/her support. Team members don't have to be senior personnel - they can and often do come from throughout the organisation. (Read Getting Started which you can down loadable booklet on the LGMA web site which offers practical advice on team formation.)

By mid December, you will probably have chosen your team and a team mentor. Around then your mentor  will receive the comprehensive Mentor Kit and the work/fun begins!

When?   All regional Challenges will be held in mid March.  The Australasian final will be held in conjunction with the LGMA National Congress in May.

How much?  The fee in 2004 is $A3,050 (GST incl.) per team ($NZ 3,450). Compare that to sending six people to a "sit and listen" seminar!  The fee for teams entered after the early bird close date is $A3,3500 (GST incl.) per team ($NZ 3,750). 

Rural Australian Councils may be entitled to a reduced entry fee.  Click on the links below to read about this, composite teams, conditions of entry and other aspects of the Challenge.


Getting Started kit

Entering a Composite Team

Rural Grants Scheme Guidelines and Application



2004 Outcomes

2003 Outcomes

2002 Outcomes

2001 Outcomes