Oman Oil staff complete London School training
Dubai, February 10, 2013
The first group of Oman Oil Company’s business leaders has successfully completed its initial training with London Business School for its Takatuf Leadership Programme.
The School is working in partnership with Oman Oil Company’s Takatuf unit, which supports and develops human capital and talent management across the organisation, to deliver two leadership programmes for high potential executives over two years.
The programme covers themes of leadership, business skills, strategy and implementation and will help to unlock future business opportunities for the company.
It was launched in June 2012 and is being fully delivered in Oman. Participants are taught by the School’s world-leading academics, including Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, and Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Oman Oil Company’s head of Human Capital, Khalid Al Jashmi, said: "The dedication and hard work that has gone into the programme by our participants is obvious and we are already seeing the benefits. It is very pleasing to see so many strong business ideas coming forward from our own people."
"It demonstrates how, through developing and nurturing our talent, we can deliver innovative commercial solutions to facilitate our growth," he noted.
Split into two components, ‘Lead with Impact’ and ‘Emerging Leaders’, the programme trains motivated future business leaders and equips them with the necessary skills and expertise to drive the company’s growth.
The programme’s ‘Lead with Impact’ first cohort now re-enter senior level management positions across Oman Oil Company and its associated group companies with an enhanced understanding of how to increase efficiencies and drive business growth.
“The programme has contributed directly to my career advancement,” said participant Hussain Al Balushi. “Having demonstrated that my leadership skills had developed considerably, I was promoted after the programmes’ second module,” he stated.
Increased confidence amongst participants is a common theme, and something that Yousif Al Aowisi, a Business Development Manager with Gulf Steel Specialty Industry Company (GSSI), has found.
“I feel I have really developed my negotiation skills and also my leadership skills,” reamrked Al Aowisi. "I now feel much more confident about leading people and also about delegating authority to allow those in my team to be successful in their roles. This has freed up more of my time to deal with strategic issues," he added.
Leading sessions on the ‘Emerging Leaders’ programme was Gillian Ku, London Business School’s Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour.
“The Emerging Leaders group showed a lively interest in our leadership discussions and were open to learning more about their impact on others,” she said.
“They understood the value of building effective teams and of developing their negotiation skills. The participants certainly have the potential to drive through the ambitions of Oman Oil Company and its partner companies,” said Ku.
The School works with several other prominent companies in the Middle East delivering executive education to corporates in leadership and management. Faculty taking part in the programmes are international thought-leaders, many of whom regularly consult to some of the world’s largest corporations and government agencies.
The School opened the doors to its Middle East campus, based in Dubai, in December 2006, in response to the growing demand for business education in the region.-TradeArabia News Service
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