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The AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership will deliver world’s best approaches to learning and development to invoke discussion, transformation and practical applied solutions to frontline performance coaching and leadership challenges. The ‘Centre’ will improve and formalise pathways for performance coaches and leaders and drive research and innovation relative to their development.

Who is it for?

The Performance Leader Program is tailored to performance leaders in the high performance sports sector, including National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), the National Institute Network (NIN) and high performance partner organisations who have the capacity and capability to deliver outstanding results for Australia over the next decade.

The Performance Leader Program will fund a maximum of 20 performance leaders each year, with successful placements determined through a rigorous application and selection process.

Program overview

The program will be delivered over a two year period through a series of face-to-face residential labs, immersive experiences, project work, executive coaching, individual assessment and regular feedback and reflection.

Key Dates

121-24 May, 2018
217-20 September, 2018
326-29 November, 2018
420-23 May, 2019
516-19 September, 2019
625-28 November, 2019

Note: AIS Centre for Performance Coaching and Leadership programs are subject to final budget approval in February 2018.

A high level overview of program themes is provided below:

Theme 1: Leadership

This theme will focus on leading adaptively in a complex networked environment. Key topics include complex adaptive systems, adaptive leadership and organisation power and systems with a focus on developing the following capability sets:

  • ability to leverage the whole system – drawing upon expertise in all areas of the team
  • shift from an operational to a ‘leaderful’ mindset
  • high level influencing and negotiation skills
  • readiness to adapt and encourage continuous change
  • complexity of mind; developing the ability to hold the paradoxes (e.g. competition and collaboration)

Theme 2: Strategy

This theme will focus on strategic thinking and execution including planning for the future: setting a vision. Key topics include values and organising principles, holding multiple perspectives and questioning underpinning assumptions, strategic approaches and business models with a focus on developing the following capability sets

  • strategic thinking, planning and articulation
  • setting a vision and clearly defining a pathway to get there
  • high level accountability and alignment
  • processes and systems to support the strategy
  • the ability to hold the ‘whole’ in mind and constantly assess and adjust

Theme 3: Innovation

This theme will focus on dealing with ambiguity and continuous change. Key topics include the role of ‘change agents’, working emergently and creative thinking with a focus on developing the following capability sets:

  • complexity of mind to match complex systems
  • capacity to challenge own and system’s assumptions and paradigms
  • commitment to continuous review and improvement
  • readiness to adapt and encourage continuous change, recognising the ‘competing commitments’ which might need to be assessed and challenged.

2017/18 Performance Leader Program

Scott BowenPerformance Manager, Rugby 7sAustralian Rugby Union
Lasse BundgaardHigh Performance DirectorBadminton Australia
Alison CampbellHigh Performance Director (Acting)Athletics Australia
Joelie ChisholmChief Executive OfficerAustralian Taekwondo
Tegan ColganPerformance Team DirectorWestern Australia Institute of Sport
Ramone CooperNational Pathway and Programs ManagerSki and Snowboard Australia
Nicky FreyNASS Transition ManagerAthletics Australia
Adrienne GlancyNational Performance Director (Acting)Gymnastics Australia
Nick GreenChief Executive OfficerCycling Australia
Richard McInnesGeneral Manager, High PerformanceNetball Queensland
Mark OsborneHigh Performance Programs ManagerSwimming Australia
Kathryn PeriacNational Manager, ParatriathlonTriathlon Australia
Brenda TierneyPerformance Manager, Wheelchair TennisTennis Australia
Alex VallentineChief Executive OfficerJudo Federation of Australia
Chris WebbHigh Performance ManagerEquestrian Australia

2016/17 Performance Leader Program

Melissa BackhouseGeneral Manager Participation and DevelopmentSwimming Australia
Barnaby EatonNational Talent Pathways ManagerRowing Australia
Leigh GoodingNational Wheelchair Program ManagerBasketball Australia
Ben HartungGeneral ManagerHockey Australia
Ashley MerkurMedical Services and Rehabilitation ManagerOlympic Winter Institute of Australia
Alexandr OsadchukHigh Performance Manager - Water PoloQueensland Academy of Sport
Joanne RichardsNational Pathways ManagerGymnastics Australia
Lorinda RuglessHigh Performance ManagerArchery Australia
Jamie SalterHigh Performance Pathway ManagerSwimming Australia
Carl SaunderManager, Sports ProgramsTasmanian Institute of Sport
Joshua SearAthlete and Coach Pathways ManagerCycling Australia
Tony SherwillGeneral Manager Bowls OperationsBowls Australia
Richard VaughanCEOSquash Australia
Stacey WestNational High Performance Pathway ManagerNetball Australia
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