NLCP staff begins Oxford varsity training

MUSCAT: The National Leadership and Competitiveness Programme (NLCP) participants started the first module of their learning journey last week.
The module, delivered in partnership with the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, took place in the state-of-the-art learning facilities in Oxford, UK, with 35 leaders from the Oman public sector.
The national programme’s team is delighted to be partnering with the University of Oxford, which has just been ranked the number one University in 2018’s World University Rankings (Times Higher Education) and is one of the oldest and most respected academic institutions in the world.
This first module is designed to broaden participant perspectives about the international and regional trends and their impact on the Sultanate as well as its economy now and into the future.
This then catalysed the conversation around national competitiveness and the key developments upon which Oman should focus to improve the ‘ease of doing business’ with the country.
The learning was supported both by case examples of governments facing similar challenges and their responses as well as by discovery visits to UK government entities and initiatives in order to understand better how public-private partnership works in the UK.
The first module also plays an important personal development role for the government participants — they were introduced to the coaching process and to their leadership coaches. In today’s time-poor environment, coaching provides essential time and space in which leaders can explore their opportunities and challenges in a secure, confidential environment.
The NLCP participants will work with their coaches throughout the course of the learning journey. A secondary but fundamental benefit of the module was to start the process of building cross-government ministry networks and close leader relationships. The modules also introduced the Project Application process, designed and delivered by one of the best-reputed professional services firms, PwC.