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National CEO Program Inspired by Diwan of Royal Court Completes First Chapter with World Leading Business School

National CEO Program Inspired by Diwan of Royal Court Completes First Chapter with World Leading Business School

Oct 03, 2016

Returning from Switzerland from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), one of the world’s leading independent business schools, 35 Omani executives participating in the National CEO Program (NCP) marked the completion of Module 1. Delivered by IMD’s globally expert faculty, the NCP’s learning sessions focused on the drivers to create competitive advantage including strategic thinking, personal leadership skills, creative thinking, marketing and future trends in consumer behavior.

Participants in the NCP are drawn from industries of current and future economic importance to Oman. Participants commit to the NCP’s requirements alongside the demands of their very busy careers. The upcoming NCP modules focus in detail on ‘Strategy and Finance’, ‘Leading in a Global Context’, ‘Leading Organisations and Change’, ‘Inspirational Leadership’, and ‘Competing for the Future’. The Institute for Capability Development (ICD) co-created this learning and leadership development journey with the faculty of IMD as part of its role to establish world-class CEOs for the future of Oman.

Commenting on the first phase of the learning journey, Dr Khamis Al Tobi, Director-General of Administration Development and Acting Director-General of its Institute of Capability Development, commented, “The calibre of participants in the second cohort builds upon the strength and spirit of their predecessors, reflecting the unique diversity of Omani talent from all age groups, originating from small, medium and large-scale businesses across the nation. Participants of this second cohort are engaged in rigorous learning pathway at IMD that is set to raise their business leadership capabilities to the world-class standard.”

Al Tobi added, “Now charged with delivering live breakthrough projects of strategic importance to key sectors of the Omani economy, the nature of Cohort 2’s teamwork allows participants to practice what they have learned in a manner that furthers their personal and organisational development. Our aim is to create a connected community of business leaders centered on competencies that bring a competitive advantage to Oman and deliver sustainable socio-economic benefits for future generations.”

Reflecting on her time at IMD in Switzerland, NCP participant Hanaa Al Hinai said, “Being surrounded by a pool of talented Omani’s and brilliant academic professors helped evoke a stream of innovative ideas and strategies. I feel it pushed my peers and I to think outside the box in relation to each aspect of our working lives. I believe the coming modules will provide us leadership capabilities and the mindset to take on the challenges that we face in either our own industries or the country as a whole.”

Fellow participant Baha Al Lawati offered his perspective, "Module 1 has brought the challenges and opportunities facing the future of the Omani economy into sharp focus; one in particular relating to our national vision for becoming a digital hub for the knowledge-based businesses of tomorrow. We must seek to maximise Oman's strategic location and ongoing investment and work towards establishing a cutting-edge digital infrastructure for both the country and the region. The NCP's focus on personal leadership has given me preliminary strategic insight, practical tools and experiences that will help deliver success in short, medium and long-term goals."

Three educational modules of the total Programme plan that includes six educational modules will take place in Muscat, with the second module taking place in Muscat end of October. There are also practical projects conducted by participants, which will be presented and evaluated at the end of the program. Two further international fieldtrips are planned, with one module set for continued learning at the IMD’s campus in Switzerland, as well as a visit to Singapore, an emerging economy whose exponential growth offers lessons for many others worldwide.