The 19th One Stop Update for the Accountant in the Public Sector

Supporting government action to influence outcomes

26 - 27 Mar 2018Te Papa, Wellington
Event Details
separately bookable workshops
Get Your Priorities Straight! - The finance professional’s guide to time and priority management
28 MARCH 2018: 9.00am - 12.30pm

In today’s complicated financial landscape we’re faced with multiple tasks that often ‘demand’ our attention, leaving us little time to focus on becoming a true business partner and thinking about growth and the ‘big picture’.  This workshop will provide you with tools and strategies to support you to manage multiple projects and deadlines while still making time for you to proactively focus on adding value to your organisation from a big picture perspective.

  • Self-introspection - work to your individual strengths and let go of your weaknesses
  • Science-backed approach to collaborating WITH your brain to be more effective
  • Exploring time-blocking for managing multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Learning to assess urgency vs importance
  • How to schedule for the unexpected
  • Developing the art of setting boundaries - how to say ‘no’!
  • Communication is key - learn to listen and set expectations
  • A bit of inspiration to go out and achieve more!

Jennifer Myers MBA

Managing Director

Catalyst For Positive Change

Coach & Trainer

Jennifer gets her clients focused, gets them into action and gets them results. Jennifer’s mission in life is to positively impact as many people as possible, and she feels truly honoured to be able to live out this mission on a daily basis through her role as a Business Coach, Trainer and Speaker. Jennifer brings 26 years’ worth of business experience as well as an international perspective to the table. She grew up in the U.S. where she spent eight years as a financial advisor, worked in management within multi-national corporations and taught an introductory marketing course at university, among other things. Over the last 6 ½ years in NZ, Jennifer has helped hundreds of organisations to improve their performance and has recently launched a new business called JFDI which is geared toward goal achievement.

Embarking on your continuous improvement journey - The finance leader’s perspective
28 MARCH 2018: 1.30pm - 5.00pm

This half-day workshop offers you practical insights into implementing or honing the continuous improvement programme across your organisation from the finance leader’s point of view. Interwoven with case studies and anecdotes, this session helps for you to realise how to start you continuous improvement journey, or hone and assure the initiatives your organisation has already started.

  • Creating and setting your organisation-wide and department-wide continuous improvement strategy
  • Defining elements of the role of the finance leader in the continuous improvement programme
  • Supporting people, communication and process on organisation-wide change management to help continuous improvement strategy
  • Setting up a performance framework across the departments and driving the right behaviours with the right measures
  • Blending continuous improvement as part of organisational culture - practical aspects
  • Setting up the right benefit realisation framework and assessing a continuous improvement programme cost-benefit analysis

Darcy Mellsop


ci lab

Darcy is a process and continuous improvement senior consultant experienced across Lean Six Sigma, Systems Thinking and the State Services Commission’s better every day methodology for the public sector. Darcy has a proven record of building continuous improvement and customer focused capability in organisations to produce significantly better outcomes for customers. Complementing his continuous improvement specialisation, he has a broad business background which includes roles as a Capability Manager, Change Manager and Project Manager. Highlights of Darcy’s most recent engagements include consulting teams at Immigration New Zealand, New Zealand Post, Aviation Security Services, Victoria University of Wellington, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Customs Service.

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