Training program helps senior execs at career crossroads

by L&D19 Jul 2017
A unique course is giving senior executives the space to examine themselves and their professional journey through art, cooking, history and nature.

Following a successful pilot program, the University of Sydney Business School, announced it will launch the ‘Metamorphosis’ program in Tasmania this November.

The five-day course is for executives who find themselves at a career crossroads for any reason, including redundancy.

Associate Professor Robin Stonecash, director of executive education at the University of Sydney’s Business School, said the idea is that when they have completed the program and leave for home, they will have a plan for the future.

“These are people who have already done interesting and challenging things and are now transitioning to something else and need to address basis questions in an environment that encourages self-discovery,” Stonecash said in a statement.

“In a world of constant change often driven by disruptive technology, senior executives should be thinking about where they are going and how they are going to get there”.

Stonecash added that the course helps participants “determine what their legacy will be”.

Brian Bissaker, a former CEO of Colonial First State and of Virgin Money, said the program had been a “real light-bulb moment”.

“This process allows you to communicate at a really different level with people you haven’t met before,” Bissaker said.

The pilot program also included a lesson in Mindfulness delivered in the Mount Field National Park where participants were taught to “slow down, to be self-aware and to be comfortable with silence”.

The experience provided “a beautiful moment of clarity,” commented a senior Canberra- based public servant who joined the program in search of answers to questions about his level of success.

By the end of the pilot, the group had also visited a cooking school for a lesson in teamwork, leadership and what sustains them. 

They also visit the historic Port Arthur prison for a discussion about the influence of the past on the present and how the past might constrain your choices for the future.

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