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A 5-month programme. All the skills you want.
Over 600 businesses have been transformed by The ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme. With the right tools, confidence and renewed focus, we completely change your profitability, growth, employment opportunities and market penetration.
You’ll develop your skills through sessions with ICEHOUSE coaches, external experts and fellow owner-managers.
Throughout the five-month programme you’ll gain a better understanding of yourself as an individual and business owner, along with a clearer sense of where you’re going and how to get there.
The programme runs in blocks of three days per month. This is followed by two single-day implementation workshops three months apart. The five blocks start at 9.30am on the Thursday and run through to 3.30pm on the Saturday.
- You are a successful business owner whose business has evolved alongside you
- You need to transition the business in some way
- You are too busy working in your business, rather than on your business
- You see greater potential and opportunity for your business
- You have worked without mentors or a close support network
- You suffer from high stress levels or loss of excitement and motivation
- You work long hours, and have poor work / life balance
- Block 1 (Auckland) 4- 6 July
- Block 2 (Nelson) 8 – 10 August
- Block 3 (Auckland) 12- 14 September
- Block 4 (Queenstown) 17- 19 October
- Block 5 (Auckland) 21- 24 November
- Block 1 (Auckland) 3- 5 October
- Block 2 (Auckland) 7 – 9 November
- Block 3 (Auckland) 12- 14 December
- Block 4 (Auckland) 17- 19 January
- Block 5 (Auckland) 20- 23 February
The ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme leaves owner-managers with a heightened awareness of what drives business growth. You will acquire new skills and techniques to add to your existing tool kit. Benefits include:
- Step outside the day-to-day functions of your business
- Identify your changing leadership role
- Formulate a business plan that better addresses higher growth and profitability
- Explore new ideas with like-minded people in similar situations
- Implement your learnings and compare notes with the group
- Learn how to build your business off-shore
- Develop your people-management skills
- Build strong networks with attendees as well as an ongoing relationship with The ICEHOUSE
- Discover a renewed passion for your business
Block 1: Audit ‘State of Play’
- Reviewing key fundamentals of running and growing a business
- Analysing your current business systems and results
- Understanding personal learning styles and working in teams
- Fundamentals of marketing
- Finance simulation
Block 2: Fine Tuning
- Working on the leverage points for productivity and efficiency
- Mining the current business for extra performance
- Personal health audit – medical check up and health care challenge
- Leveraging the business model
- Process/systems thinking
Block 3: Opportunity
- Panel review of ‘current state’ business plans
- Identifying growth opportunities
- Identifying constraints associated with growth opportunities
- Personal issues in handling change
- Leadership profile assessment
Block 4: Platforms for Growth
- Managing growth transitions for owner and business
- Managing capacity and resources through the growth phase
- Role of technology
- People management and developing teams
Block 5: The Future
- Panel review of plans for significant growth
- Exploring a global perspective
- Vision and communication
- Employment law
- Intellectual property
David retired from a successful business career in 1997, having been CEO and area director Australasia of Heinz‐Wattie. David was co‐founder of The ICEHOUSE and, among several governance roles for small New Zealand businesses, is chairman and major shareholder in Cable Bay Vineyards. David also holds an appointment as Honorary Professor of Enterprise and Management at the University of Auckland Business School. Of specific note, David led the establishment of The ICEHOUSE and the ICE Bridge Business Growth Programmes for the University of Auckland Business School.
He was the inaugural Sir John Logan Campbell executive in residence at the University of Auckland from 1997 to 1998. In his role as Honorary Professor, David is uniquely placed to contribute to the Business School’s development as New Zealand’s leading business learning and research centre. David has been a critical influence in enhancing the focus around the integration between the teaching, learning and research activities of the Business School and the business community.
Darl is the Associate Professor of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School., He has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and Executive MBAs since 1992. Darl’s theory and research on ‘connectivity’ (social and technical communication) in organisations is internationally recognised. Darl is a faculty facilitator in the ICEHOUSE business growth programmes and co-author of the best selling book, Changing Gears: How to take your Kiwi business from the kitchen table to the board room (2009, Auckland University Press).
He holds a BSc (Illinois State) in sociology, an MA (Colorado) in education, and a PhD in organisational behaviour from Cornell University.
Deb is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School and Founding Director of Coal Spud Group and Director of several other enterprises. She is a founding faculty member of The ICEHOUSE Growth Programmes and has facilitated Business Growth programmes since 2001.
Deb’s research and consultancy with SMEs specializes in entrepreneurial strategy, leadership, team development, change management and family business. She is a member of the Family Firm Institute and co-author of the best selling book, Changing Gears: How to take your Kiwi business from the kitchen table to the board room (2009, Auckland University Press).
She holds a BA (Otago) in psychology, an MA (Hons) in psychology and management, and a PhD in management from the University of Auckland.
Kiwi born and bred, Chris’s interests in entrepreneurship and the small to medium business sector were sparked after working in Malawi as a business advisor. Instead of catching malaria she caught the entrepreneur bug, becoming “hooked” on the passion and energy entrepreneurs bring to what they do.
Today, Chris teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Auckland. In 2003, she was instrumental in establishing the Spark Entrepreneurship Challenge. Chris has been involved with The ICEHOUSE Business Growth Programmes since their inception in 2001. Her consultancy work is with SMEs and Family Businesses in strategy development, learning and business growth. She is also a Member of the Family Firm Institute.
“All in all, The ICEHOUSE is a fantastic success story. We have always had a good relationship, and we are huge advocates of it. The ICEHOUSE is a great combination of academia and entrepreneurship mixed into one. The people who came along to speak and teach us actually had a corporate understanding, and they were inspirational. It also gave us some much needed discipline. It made us write a business plan and look at our business from a helicopter view. The ICEHOUSE helped me to step back and reassess Jucy from the outside. I definitely came out of there fizzing.”
~ Tim Alpe, JUCY
“Through the programme I have learned to make that essential space in my work life to do the thinking and planning I need to do to help develop the business. I also have the tool kit now – in particular the strategic, operational and financial analysis skills.”
~ Heather Kean, Pohlen Kean
“Our business is unrecognisable from what it was 10 years ago,” he says. “We’ve gone from 23 employees to 45. We now have two New Zealand branches and recently opened one in Melbourne, which was a great achievement. There have been massive changes and massive growth. Much of that is attributable to The ICEHOUSE.” Click here for a full case study.
~ Richard Krebs, Hydraulic Specialties Ltd
To view in-depth Owner Manager Programme case studies, click here.
- $22,750 + GST (including meals and accommodation)
This is a programme for high-caliber owner-managers with energy and a passion for success. You’ll need:
- A significant equity stake in your current business
- Management control
- Revenue over $3m
Or for more information, contact Mike Stokes on 09 308 6221 or email@example.com