FOR LEADERS SEEKING NEW WAYS OF THINKING
A Different Approach To Today's Challenges. The Cranlana Programme exists to help leaders sharpen their thinking, bring clarity to their reasoning and strengthen their convictions.
The programmes engage with the ideas of some of history's greatest thinkers - not for the abstract purpose of philosophical discourse, but as a practical way of bringing that insight and wisdom into their professional and personal lives.
Our Approach. All Cranlana courses deploy a distinct model of shared inquiry, where our moderators guide the discussion of ideas raised in selected philosophical, economic and cultural texts. It is an intense and immersive experience.
Groups are limited to 20, allowing for extensive engagement in the exploration of ideas and beliefs as the conversation evolves throughout the duration of each programme. The goal is not to provide a blueprint for right action. Rather, participants come to their own conclusions and, through dialogue, access new ways of thinking about their challenges.
Since 1993, over 3500 leaders from across the Australian community have undertaken this process.
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Words from our Alumni
'Because of my participation in Cranlana's Executive Colloquium, I have a much greater appreciation of the broader issues
influencing decision-making and will be able to make better judgements.'
Major General Rick Burr DSC AM MVO, Deputy Chief of Army Australian Army
‘I’ve participated in a number of excellent leadership programs. Only Cranlana got to the core of our humanity, our
leadership purpose. It changed my perspective, what I tolerate and how I act.’
Suzette Corr, General Manager Human Resources, Institutional ANZ Banking Group
‘Cranlana gave me the opportunity for deep reflection on my prejudices and assumptions, thought patterns and actions.
It was one of the most rewarding and intellectually stimulating things I have ever done.’
Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt University
‘This is the only setting where I have been able to explore the “idea” rather than simply the “process/solution”.
In this way, Cranlana fills a very important gap in any public servant’s training.’
Geoff Purvis-Smith, General Counsel, Clean Energy Regulator
‘Good leaders help us balance care for self and service to others. Good leaders do this with humility. Cranlana is
for people who strive to be good leaders.’
Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney
‘Cranlana allows participants to step aside from daily demands, peel back layers of assumption, be disarmed, confused and
challenged and, through all this, commit to tangible actions toward building a better future.’
Romlie Mokak, Chief Executive Officer, The Lowitja Institute
‘We all have a sense of what is just and right. This is even more the case when it comes to ageing, where our
assumptions lead to actions that have such impact on older Australians. Cranlana offers the time to stop, think, listen and speak.’
Nick Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
‘Cranlana enables ideas to be examined properly. You test and clarify your opinions and beliefs, leaving you confident and
either able to defend them with certainty or with a new respect for alternatives you had not previously explored.’
Steven Skala AO, Vice Chairman, Australia & New Zealand Deutsche Bank
‘I think about the conversations I had at Cranlana every day.’
Julian Burnside AO, QC Barrister
‘The quality of the readings, facilitation, participant contributions and the organisation were exceptional.’
Associate Professor Leslie Reti, Director, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
‘Cranlana was the most inspiring and stimulating time of my life. It left me with a renewed interest in the importance of
the discussion of ethics in our society and how that relates to our individual lives.’
Caecilia Potter, Design Director, Atticus & Milo