OML Program

An innovative leadership program designed specifically for managers and senior staff of privately owned companies to develop practical personal and business leadership skills.

The Owner Manager Leadership Program (OML) is a unique residential course designed specifically to address the challenges, opportunities and unique circumstances of leading and managing within a privately owned business.

Facilitated by industry leaders the course was designed to empower senior managers to play a greater role in business growth and direction. While undertaking the program they will further develop practical business leadership skills, build a strong netwok of other senior leaders from a range of industries and complete a project that adds real value to the business.

Return to the business with a fresh perspective that invigorates you, your team and your staff. Get excited about the possibilities and become empowered to play a greater role in the growth and direction of the business.

Cultivate a network of leaders in privately owned businesses throughout Australia. Our alumni stay in touch with each other long after the course. They have formed a bond of understanding and support. It’s the most valuable network of its kind.

Australian Owner Manager programs opens doors of opportunity. It teaches you to open your mind and see your work through an entirely different prism – giving you the chance to step away from it for a small period of time and see the potential. 

Highly skilled facilitators challenge every aspect of your business, maintaining focus on the core issues, teasing out the solutions with the assistance of the group. 

Return to the business with a fresh perspective that invigorates you, your team and your staff. Get excited about the possibilities and become empowered to play a greater role in the growth and direction of the business.

Cultivate a network of leaders in privately owned businesses throughout Australia. Our alumni stay in touch with each other long after the course. They have formed a bond of understanding and support. It’s the most valuable network of its kind.

Australian Owner Manager programs opens doors of opportunity. It teaches you to open your mind and see your work through an entirely different prism – giving you the chance to step away from it for a small period of time and see the potential. 

Highly skilled facilitators challenge every aspect of your business, maintaining focus on the core issues, teasing out the solutions with the assistance of the group. 

THE COURSE

The program grew out of the highly successful Australian Owner Manager Program (OMP) with a recognition that business owners need senior managers with the capabilities to drive the business forward.

Many existing leadership programs are designed for middle or senior managers within large corporate and government organisations. The reality is that leading or managing within an owner managed business is generally completely different.

Historically corporate leadership programs have been heavily focused on theoretical personal and people leadership conceps which give participants a framework, while they are left to work out the day-to-day application. The Owner Manager Leadership Program is the opposite – it focuses on leading the business and the everyday application of practical leadership principles.

Participants therefore gain a better understanding of the challenges of an owner manager, and how to think strategically to contribute to growing a business.


Who is it for?

The Owner Manager Leadership Program (OML) is designed specifically for managers in privately owned businesses who want to refine their leadership skills and contribute to the success of the business.


What is it?

It's a seven day residential leadership program structured in three day blocks over a three month period, allowing you to reflect, learn and apply business leadership principles.

In a unique, practical learning environment you'll develop yourself, refine your skills as a leader and focus on what drives success in your role, your team and the business.

You'll develop your personal and business skills and become empowered to play a greater role in the growth and direction of the business in which you are working.

On the program you'll refine your leadership style, complete a project to add real value to the business and build a strong network of other senior leaders from a range of industries.


Course Modules

The Owner Manager Leadership Program is conducted in three day blocks, once a month, over a two month period. During each block, participants are immersed in facilitated sessions that include exposure to subject experts, guest speakers and business mentors. A one day workshop is conducted six weeks after the last block as a recap and follow up.


Block 1 - Driving and Leading Business Success (3 days)

  • Business planning and execution
  • Lean thinking – driving productivity and efficiency
  • Understanding the business model – key performance indicators, balanced scorecard, leverage opportunities
  • Principles of marketing – understanding your customer
  • Knowing the numbers – key principles of accounting and finance
  • Communication skills and development
  • Building successful teams

Block 2 - Managing and Measuring Performance (3 days)

  • Performance effectivness
  • Employment relations
  • Management skills, interpersonal skills
  • Sound people practices
  • Managing change and transition
  • Leadership feedback
  • Resilience

Block 3 - Systems Thinking Workshop (1 day)

  • Systems thinking
  • Project presentation
  • Values and culture in action

Outcomes

  • Techniques to improve leadership, communication and management skills
  • A better understanding of the challenges of an owner manager, and how to think strategically to contribute to growing a business
  • A better fundamental understanding of systems, marketing, finance and operations
  • A project focused on a tangible challenge within your business
  • A strong network of other successful senior leaders, facilitators and business experts
  • A unique learning environment which combines practical learning, academic expertise and real world experience

How is it different from other programs?

  • It is specifically designed for senior managers in owner-managed businesses (as opposed to people in government or corporate organisations)
  • It is based on concepts to help you lead the business rather than just lead people
  • It is applied, participants apply the learning over time and report back, rather than a “one hit wonder” day or week course
  • It’s practical, all the facilitators and presenters focus on the practical application of knowledge, not just knowledge itself

Facilitators and Presenters

The Owner Manager Leadership Program uses many of the same facilitators and presenters that are used as part of the Owner Manager Program. This approach ensures participants are gaining practical knowledge from experts and that their learning is aligned with the outcomes of the OMP. 

 

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OUR FOUNDATION PARTNERS

Australian Owner Manager grew out of work undertaken within the University of Queensland Business School and the icehouse - Australasia's leading business accelerator.

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