Supporting small agencies 

Through consultation with agency representatives, LDC has created common development for new people leaders (first-time managers), which is available to public service agencies to support their new people leaders' transition.

LDC-facilitated Workouts for small agencies

LDC recognises that small agencies need support to provide development to its new people leaders, so in 2020 we are offering six facilitated Workouts for small agency new people leaders (that is, people in the first 12 months of their first management role).

The Workouts are one of the components of the overall new people leader development programme. They are three-hour facilitated sessions where new people leaders can practise skills and use the learning they’ve gained from working through the new people leader Development and Action Guides*.

*7 Development and Action (D & A) Guides: New people leaders can work through the development material independently at their own pace. The D & A Guides can be downloaded from LDC's website.

Each guide includes readings, videos, reflection questions and other development activities and takes about five hours to complete. Completing a D & A Guide will help ensure participants gain real value from attending a Workout. The Workouts provide plenty of opportunity for discussing and learning about development in new roles, along with other new people leaders.

2020 Workouts 

LDC is offering small agency new people leaders six Workouts on the topics that correspond to the D & A Guides.

Seven development priorities

We identified the seven most important development priorities for new people leaders to focus on in the first 12 months of transition: Mindset, Connect, Purpose, Achieve, Feedback, Develop, and Processes. These priorities, which build on leadership characteristics and are aligned to the Leadership Success Profile (LSP), are the D & A Guides topics.



The Workouts provide an opportunity for participants to discuss, learn and develop in their new roles, with other new people leaders.  

A guide to new people leader development in public sector small agencies

New people leader Workouts - prepare first

Workouts - learning in a safe environment

The Workouts are designed as stand-alone learning sessions. A new people leader can register for some or all the Workouts, and it doesn't matter which one they start with. It will depend on when they begin their new role and how their transition progresses. Participants should choose the Workouts that match the D & A Guides they've completed.

Workout participants must:

  • be a new people leader from an eligible small agency (check the list of small agencies below)
  • complete the corresponding D & A Guide before they attend a Workout
  • gain their manager's approval to attend a Workout
  • register early for all or some of the Workouts by completing the enrolment form (link below).


Participants must complete the following enrolment form, including their manager's approval, choosing some or all of the Workouts: Enrolment form

Each Workout is $250 + GST for LDC members from small agencies.

2020 Workout dates

All Workouts will be held at LDC, Level 13, Prime Propety Tower, 88 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6011.

Mindset iconMindset: 11 March 2020, 9.00am-12:30pm

Connect iconConnect: 8 April 2020, 9.00am-12:30pm

PPurpose icomurpose: 30 April 2020, 9.00am-12:30pm

Achieve iconAchieve: 21 May 2020, 9.00am-12:30pm

Feedback iconFeedback: 17 June 2020, 9.00am-12:30pm

Develop iconDevelop: 14 July 2020, 9.00am-12:30pm

HR/OD staff:

  • Agencies will be invoiced quarterly. Cancellations within two weeks of a Workout will not be refunded.
  • Email if you have any queries about the LDC-facilitated Workouts.
  • Learn more about the New People Leader Development Programme, including the D & A Guides and the online assessment, My Development Tracker on the HR/OD Resource Hub.
  • HR/OD staff will need a login and permission to access the HR/OD Resource Hub. Please sign-up for a login online, then contact us at to arrange access.

New people leaders:

  • Cancellations within two weeks of a Workout will not be refunded.
  • Email if you have any queries about the LDC-facilitated Workouts, or contact your HR lead.
  • Learn more about and download the D & A Guides. 
  • New people leaders will need a website login to access the D & A Guides, and can sign up for one online.

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