National programme for CEOs launched

MUSCAT: With the blessings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Public Private Partnership Committee, yesterday announced the launch of the National CEO Programme (NCP) under the supervision of the Institute of Capability Development at the Diwan of Royal Court.

It also calls for applicants from the private sector to apply online. The NCP is a unique six module programme designed to deliver a transformational learning experience for senior Omani private sector executives. This is a strategic initiative aimed at identifying and developing a community of world-class competitive Omani CEOs as to help maximise the performance of the private sector and the nation’s economy.

The National CEO Programme provides a powerful learning experience built on three key methodologies: six-module 12 month programme, delivering latest leadership thinking and research and including individual one-on-one and team leadership coaching; a powerful application process that focuses on developing strategic projects for the country; the creation of a cross-sector, cross-region community of senior private sector leaders. Applications for the first cohort (30 participants from the private sector) will be open from March 17 to April 11, 2015.

The selection process for the programme has been designed to be transparent, rigorous and fair. Potential candidates will apply and be assessed online prior to being invited for both a competency-based and a panel interview.

This transformational learning journey is built on strategic partnerships with IMD, one of the world’s premier international business schools, and McKinsey and Company, the leading global management consulting firm. IMD will be leading the knowledge sessions. On this occasion Professor Michael Wade, Professor of Innovation and Strategic Information Management, said: “At IMD, we are proud to be a part of the transformational journey to develop a cadre of inspiring global leaders within Oman. The participants in the programme will learn about the latest thinking on traditional management topics such as market growth, finance, communications, and strategy.

“In addition, they will cover cutting edge topics like digital business transformation, board effectiveness, and managing in an environment of disruptive innovation.

They will also develop a deep understanding of their leadership skills and embark on a journey to become more inspirational and effective leaders”. The programme is not only designed to improve the leadership capabilities of next-generation Omani CEOs through knowledge sessions. In addition, it includes a fundamental component of inter-modular project work. In small groups, participants will embark on developing ambitious projects designed to enhance Oman’s status as a global leader, both present and in the future.

This programme will serve to shape a community of future Omani CEOs as part of the programme; participants will be joining a very talented and diverse group of high performing individuals from different organisations throughout the Sultanate. Participants will build new relationships, develop new capabilities, experience innovative ways of thinking and executing ideas, and experiment with new approaches to leading industry, organisations and oneself.


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