Foundations of General Management
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Face the challenges of leadership today
General managers are tasked with leading cross-functional teams, defining strategic directions, and making decisions in high-pressure situations.
This six-day, immersive program equips general managers and functional managers ready to step up to a cross-functional role with practical skills across six core areas.
Participants stay at the MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre on Macquarie’s picturesque grounds, which offers four-star accommodation, superb dining, Wi-Fi, recreational facilities, a café and a lounge bar.
Learn from industry experts
Build your strategic leadership role
Coaching before and after the program
Equip yourself with essential skills and knowledge as you learn from some of Asia-Pacific’s leading academics and practitioners, and network with fellow managers from some of Australia’s leading companies.
During this program you will:
- Acquire relevant new skills and knowledge for broad-based general management roles
- Develop the confidence and competence to tackle complex business problems
- Challenge current thinking with exposure to new perspectives, developments and issues
What you'll learn
Day 1: Introduction and Strategic management
After you arrive in the late morning, the program will be introduced.
Strategy is making choices about your organisation’s today and tomorrow. In this session, you will learn how to identify opportunities and challenges in your business, industry and geography. You’ll study successful tools, frameworks and techniques for gaining a sustainable competitive advantage, and creating compelling visions that have your people moving together. This session is facilitated by Andrew Mikhail.
Day 2: Strategy and Marketing
Strategy continues on day 2, facilitated by Andrew Mikhail.
In the Marketing session, you will get to test and practice the latest and most effective marketing techniques being used by startups and leading multinationals alike. Through exercises and real-world cases, the session will shed new light on the ways you can identify viable options for profitable corporate growth based on what customers value. This session, facilitated by Sarah Duffy, shows you how to make better connections between your marketing strategy and bigger picture corporate strategy.
Day 3: Managing and leading change
Managers play a vital role in orchestrating change within an organisation. In this session, you will learn what change is and how to use it beneficially, while preparing people and reducing resistance to change. You’ll also learn how to identify opportunities and challenges in your business, create compelling visions that have your people moving together, and discuss a variety of options for growth and innovation. Helen Campbell facilitates this session.
Day 4: Strategic negotiation skills
Managers increasingly require the ability to negotiate with both internal and external networks. This session will help you identify your individual negotiation style, and how to vary it to effect results in different situations. Drawing on real-world examples, this highly interactive session guides you through all stages of negotiation, examining common mistakes and illustrating best practices. The session is facilitated by Andrew Heys.
Day 5: Finance
Successful general or specialist managers at senior level must understand the language of finance in order to make value-adding decisions and manage risk. This session begins with a thorough primer on the three main financial statements, then shows you how to analyse trends and ratios in profitability, working capital, liquidity and capital structure, asset efficiency and investment returns. You’ll learn how to turn this understanding into value for stakeholders. Jennifer Harrison facilitates this session.
Day 6: Developing as a leader
General managers play a pivotal leadership role in their organisations—but great leaders are not born overnight. In this session you will use advanced psychological research and case studies to investigate what leadership actually is and how it applies to the general manager’s role. You’ll also be given practical ideas on how to develop and cultivate your skills as a leader in the future. Paul Kirkbride facilitates this session.
There will be a farewell lunch before your departure.
Who should attend
- Recently appointed general managers
- Middle managers aiming to proceed to a higher level of management
- Functional managers needing to broaden their skills
- Executives who wish to increase their knowledge and management skills
- Business managers who need to focus on their individual development as they build their career
- All managers who are seeking to build core business skills and expertise