Wisdom is more than the sum of our experiences. It can be taught – and just like any other skill, it must be nurtured. The aim of the Cranlana Programme's Executive Colloquium is to provide the space for leaders to do just that.
As a leader, you are expected to make the right decision every time, even in the face of diffuse and urgent pressures. You understand that the astute and judicious exercise of power bolsters value and reputation but, more than ever, that failures of judgement can have far-reaching and unforeseen consequences.
Every decision that reaches your desk has an ethical component. How do you weigh the consequences? How do you know what’s right?
Experience, intelligence and good judgement are characteristics of leadership, but they alone don’t make a great leader. It is wisdom, that elusive but indispensable quality, that sets good leaders apart. It can, and should, be nurtured. And therein lies the core mission of the Cranlana Programme.
We invite you to examine the values and preconceptions that shape your decisions, and investigate them through candid dialogue with peers. By revisiting key texts from the Western canon and reflecting on ideas from history’s great thinkers, our programmes offer a source of inspiration for leaders seeking to gain fortitude, acuity and insight.
In essence, we ask you to contemplate this question: what kind of leader – what kind of citizen – should I be?
‘Since the Cranlana Programme I have spoken often to colleagues and friends about the quality and depth of the intellectual and moral experience it offers. The principles and precepts we struggled with are those I continue to encounter in my daily life. The programme resonates with me still.’
The Honourable Megan Latham Commissioner, New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Executive 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? It is a process of creative exploration, purposefully designed to stimulate new and adaptive thinking among attendees.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle believed that the source of good decision-making stems from a strong ethical foundation. Practical wisdom is impossible, he wrote, without moral virtue. In other words, in order to exercise sound judgement in an environment of increasing ambiguity and uncertainty, a strong and clearly defined ethical framework must be in place. Leaders need opportunities to reinforce and replenish this resource.
Participating in the Colloquium is a personal and professional investment. Alumni regularly report a heightened clarity around their own beliefs and a strengthened sense of purpose and resilience. This flows on professionally through enhanced strategic thinking, a more critical and informed approach to decision-making, improved relationships with stakeholders, staff and boards, and a better understanding of their organisation and industry’s role in the good society.
The objectives of the Colloquium are to:
Comprehensively reflect on the role of leadership and ethics in a confidential and respectful environment
Consider the values and principles underpinning Australia’s liberal democracy and the practical application of these in a public policy context
Examine the tensions and trade-offs between notions of community, prosperity, liberty, equality and sustainability in decision-making, and
Enhance the capability of leaders to exercise informed, ethical and effective judgement.
Central to our methodology is Cranlana’s distinct model of shared enquiry. Using a carefully selected set of readings as a foundation, our skilled moderators guide in-depth discussions, exploring the notions raised and tensions that exist between them. It is an intense and immersive experience, both in terms of preparation and participation. Groups are limited to 20 executives, allowing extensive engagement in the exploration of ideas and beliefs as the conversation evolves throughout the duration of each programme.
The Executive Colloquium is a significant undertaking. The programme packs a substantial amount into its six-day duration. In preparation, participants are given the collection of edited texts for reading ahead of the course. These are delivered four weeks prior to commencement of the Colloquium and take approximately 30 hours to complete.
Day One: The Good Society Day Two: Power and Self Interest Day Three: The Nature and Origin of Justice Day Four: Economic Justice Day Five: Freedom and Dissent Day Six: Ethics and the Individual
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
The Executive Colloquium is open to senior executives and leaders from across the private, public and community sectors.
The cost of the Executive Colloquium is $8360 (incl. GST). This includes evening activities, morning and afternoon teas, lunches, opening and closing dinners and the course materials.
26–31 March 2017 (Melbourne) – Two places remaining
21–26 May 2017 (Melbourne) – Four places remaining
23–28 July 2017 (Melbourne)
27 August – 1 September 2017 (Perth)
10–15 September 2017 (Melbourne)
29 October – 3 November 2017 (Melbourne)
18–23 March 2018 (Melbourne) 20–25 May 2018 (Melbourne)
‘Justice is the power that makes it
possible for people to grow in society
and that preserves them for as long
as it remains there.’
(ca 428–348 BCE)
‘It seems to me that good philosophy will
always have a place in the investigation of any
matter of deep human importance, because of
its commitment to clarity, to carefully drawn
distinctions, to calm argument rather than
prejudice and dogmatic assertion.’
‘The free promulgation of ideas – good and bad – is a defining factor of a civilised society. Cranlana enables ideas to be examined properly. You test and clarify your opinions and beliefs, leaving you confident and able either 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
Since launching in 1993, some 3500 leaders from business, government and the community have participated in the Cranlana Programme's courses.
‘The human soul has need of disciplined
participation in a common task of
public value, and it has need of personal
initiative within this participation.’
‘Always ask about your own social
and cultural order what it needs
you and others not to know.’
‘I think about the conversations I had at Cranlana every day.’