Daily email challenge

Candidate launchpad:
7-day readiness challenge

Get crystal clear on your readiness to run in the upcoming local government election and set-up yourself for success.
Locale Learning - 7 day candidate challenge

Are you ready to run?

Congratulations on considering to run for local government in NSW in 2024! We understand that taking this leap is a significant personal decision, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

What is it?

A complimentary seven day challenge to help you decide if becoming a councillor is the right fit for you at this point in your life.  

Who is this for?

Community members who want to nominate for their local council election this year, and those thinking about it. 

Why sign up?

Get crystal clear about your motivations, values and vision and gain clarity about how this aligns with local government.

Overview of the challenge

For 7 days you will be guided through six key topics that every candidate should explore before they put their name on the ballot paper. On the final day, we will bring it all together so that you can make an informed decision about your candidacy. This is one week that will impact your whole term in office.

Day 1 - Motivation

Explore your motivations for running for local government and identify the issues that matter most to you and your community. 

Day 2 - Values

Define your leadership values and examine how your values align with civic leadership

Day 3 -Skills 

Take an inventory of your skills, both professional and personal and consider how these skills can be applied to civic leadership.

Day 4 - Time

Consider the time required to serve your community and evaluate how this fits with the rest of your life.

Day 5 -Network 

Understand the importance of having a cheer squad and challenge network to support you through your term in office. 

Day 6 - Knowledge

Familiarise yourself with the legislative framework and the roles and responsibilities of a local councillor.

Day 7 - Decision time 

Make an informed decision about whether standing in the election is the right fit for you in this point of your life.

By the end of the 7 day launchpad you will:

  • Be clear on your motivations to run
  • Understand how your passions align with your communities needs and councils operations
  • Understand how your personal values influence your leadership
  • Know how your values align with council and community values
  • Identify your leadership strengths and more importantly your blind spots
  • Consider the time, energy and financial requirements of being a councillor
  • Create a cheer squad and a challenge network to keep you on track
  • Know the roles, responsibilities and legislative framework a councillor works within
  • Be able to make an informed decision whether becoming a local councillor is the right fit for you in this point in your life

Sign me up!

Your challenge guide

Your guide for this challenge is Emma Broomfield - our Founder & lead facilitator.  Emma is a qualified mediator, lawyer and conflict coach with 20 years experience in the local government industry. Her passion is helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities. As an experienced Code of Conduct reviewer and trainer, Emma brings unique insights into the challenges local councillors face. 

Emma is regularly engaged by local councils across New South Wales to provide candidate information sessions, induction support and professional development for councillors.

What people say about Emma:

"Very professional and astute."
"Informative, knowledgeable, presented well"
"Very engaging – thorough but not overwhelming"

Frequently asked questions

Still not sure if this 7-day candidate launchpad is for you - below are some common questions we get asked about the challenge.

Who should do this challenge?

This challenge is for community members thinking about running in the upcoming local government election in New South Wales. 

Is the challenge free?

Yes - its absolutely free.

Can I do the challenge if I live somewhere else? 

If you live in another State, such as a Queensland or Victoria, you can still do the challenge. Heads up though, some of the content is jurisdiction specific. 

How does the challenge work?

You will receive a daily email with powerful insights into becoming a councillor. Each email includes prompt questions or an activity for you to complete that promotes deeper reflection on this big decision. It is best to work through the activities in order. Once you have finished you have the option to chat to us about your decision.

What do I need?

All you need for this challenge is an internet connection, device and somewhere to write down your reflections. We suggest you take 15 minutes each day to complete the challenge activity.

Can I connect with Emma?

You can connect with Emma during the challenge on Linkedin.

Training for politicians with a difference

We are changing the game in training and support for our elected leaders. Humans first is our motto. Support for the whole leader is our ethos. From ethics, governance, mindset, wellbeing and technical know-how about the local government system, we teach the big and little skills councillors need to effectively lead and govern. The outcome? More impactful leaders for the communities they serve.

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