CULTIVATING WISDOM IN LEADERSHIP
A six-day programme for senior leaders - by application only
The central activity of the Cranlana Programme is the Colloquium, an intensive six-day experience designed for Australia's most senior executives from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Colloquium offers a rare opportunity for leaders to deeply reflect upon the wider consequences of their decisions and actions and to ponder the question, 'what is a good society?' and the issues critical to the theory and practice of effective leadership.
The Colloquium is held in Melbourne, Perth and Canberra and the position you hold and the level of influence you have will dictate which Colloquium venue is suited to you. The event is strictly limited to 20 participants and the peer level of the room is an important facet.
Not everyone can attend the Colloquium. The programme is by application and approval only. The list of our Alumni will show you why.
If you seek a space where deep, reflective and challenging thought about the responsibility and impact of your work can be discussed in a judgement-free zone with leadership peers and intelligent moderated guidance, we encourage you to apply to attend.
The Colloquium aims to enhance leadership capabilities and provide frameworks for complex decision-making. It does this by tackling the vital question that has captured thinkers and philosophers for millennia: how should we live together?
Participants who attend Cranlana have usually completed many technical leadership courses and are equipped with organisational process and policy to support their leadership decisions. Cranlana is more interested in the criteria leaders access when they are faced with those sticky moral dilemmas where policy doesn't fit.
Our participants engage with ideas raised by the critical philosophical and economic texts that have influenced society from Classical to contemporary times. Guided by two skilled moderators, the powerful concepts contained within these writings are teased out and debated, in an evolving round-table discussion. It is a process of creative exploration, purposefully designed to stimulate new and adaptive thinking among attendees. This thinking stays with you, long after the Colloquium ends, as does access to your Alumni cohort who are there as your go-to thought leaders.
- To comprehensively reflect upon your leadership and its impact upon individuals and society.
- To discuss leadership ethics in a confidential and judgement-free environment.
- To consider the values and principles underpinning Australia’s liberal democracy and the practical application of these values and principles in a public policy context.
- To take time away from process, policy and meetings, to deeply think and converse with like-minded peers.
- To examine the tensions and trade-offs between notions of community, prosperity, liberty, equality and sustainability in decision-making.
- To enhance the capability of leaders to exercise informed, ethical and effective judgement.
- To expand your own thinking and perhaps alter the base from which your decisions are being made, by reviewing the thoughts of key influencers from times past.
- To reflect upon your own leadership legacy.
'The Colloquium 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
The Colloquium packs a substantial amount into its six-day duration.
In preparation, participants are given a collection of edited texts to read, approximately 4 weeks prior to commencing their programme. The texts are gathered from influential writers of philosophers, novelists, economists, political figures and more. As a guide, one pass of the readings takes approximately 30-40 hours to complete. Participants often comment that a second passing of the text is both useful and enjoyable, before attending the Colloquium. These texts are the foundation upon which the room questions, debates and creates advanced moderated discussion.
A common tip from those who have gone before aka our Alumni - 'get to your readings as soon as they arrive and daily, it is not material one can skim through quickly and your Colloquium experience will be richer for the digestion of the material and how each writer juxtaposes the other.'
Participating in the Colloquium is both a personal and professional growth investment. Alumni regularly report a heightened clarity around their own beliefs and a strengthened sense of purpose and resilience in their decision making and action strategies. In an independent survey review of our Alumni (2017), Cranlana sought to prove that Colloquium was indeed creating meaningful outcomes for our participants. A few key outcomes were:
- 100% reported they are doing things differently, three months after the Colloquium – because of the Colloquium.
- 9 out of 10 said the Colloquium improved the knowledge they needed to do their job more effectively.
- 94% rated the Programme as excellent and the rest rated it very good.
There are 4 iterations of the Colloquium offered throughout the year and around the country. In addition to the Executive Colloquim, held in Melbourne and Perth, which draw together leaders from a cross section of industries, the Cranlana Programme also provides tailored Colloquium Programmes for Executives within the public service in Canberra and Melbourne (with peers from appropriate levels). We also create and deliver Colloquium Programmes for organisations and government departments upon request.
Executive Colloquium - Melbourne & Perth
Australian Public Sector Colloquium - Canberra
Future Public Sector Leaders Colloquium (4&5) and (6&7) - Melbourne
The Executive Colloquium is hosted (VIC) at the former Myer family home 'Cranlana' in Toorak, Melbourne and (WA) Mt Eliza House in King's Park, Perth. It is the Cranlana Programme’s most established course, designed for people of influence, operating in environments of competing priorities and time pressures and under intense scrutiny. Participants come from a variety of sectors of society (corporate, government and not-for-profit) and bring their diverse experiences and informed perspectives to the moderated conversation.
Australian Public Sector Colloquium
This Colloquium is tailored for public sector executives involved in navigating complex, multifaceted challenges with varied and competing stakeholders. Hosted in Canberra, this programme offers participants an opportunity to engage with peers in further developing their capacities for good governance and the ethical decision-making, critical to Australia’s future.
$7579 incl. GST
Future Public Sector Leaders - Levels 4 & 5 Colloquium
The Future Public Sector Leaders Colloquium is held at Gardens House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. It is designed for high performing individuals from both the private and public sector, in the early stages of their career as a leader. Public servants can be from all federal, state and local government departments and agencies, equivalent to level 4 or 5.
$7579 incl. GST
Future Public Sector Leaders - Levels 6 & 7 Colloquium
The Future Public Sector Leaders Colloquium is held at Gardens House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. It is designed for high performing individuals from both the private and public sector, in the early stages of their career as a leader. Public servants can be from all federal, state and local government departments and agencies, equivalent to level 6 or 7.
$7579 incl. GST
'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