“In this moment, we need leaders more than ever. But as Alicia McKay helps us understand, waiting two years for a piece of paper isn’t required to make a difference. Start where you are and start now.”
SETH GODIN
Founder of altMBA
LIVE GROUP PROGRAMME

You Don't Need An MBA.

But you do need relevant, practical skills and support to become an incredible leader. Most leadership programmes are long, expensive and boring - but not this one.

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October 2021 Intake - Key Dates

Learning sprints held from 9AM - 12PM NZST on Zoom on the following dates:
  • Tuesday 19 October
  • Tuesday 26 October
  • Tuesday 2 November
  • Tuesday 9 November
  • Tuesday 16 November
  • Tuesday 23 November
  • Tuesday 30 November
  • Tuesday 7 December
Business education needs to change.

The average MBA student forks out close to $50,000 by the time they're done - not counting the cost of travel, opportunity cost at work and home, and the toll on their physical and mental health.
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IT'S TIME FOR SOMETHING BETTER

naMBA is an accelerated leadership programme for ambitious, frustrated professionals

Together with a group of motivated peers, you'll learn practical, applicable skills that you can use in life and at work to get on the inside track. 

...is this YOU?

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Easily
bored

You get frustrated waiting for others to catch up and like to do things at your own pace - which is often faster than everyone else.

10+ years
experience

You've been in senior roles for a while and you certainly know a bit about what doesn't work at the top table.

Planning your next step

You've been looking for your next development opportunity to work out how to break through to the next step in your career.

Hard to
impress

You're, frankly, unimpressed by most of what's out there. You often think you could do a better job yourself.

naMBA Students

Our students have an average of 20 years experience in their field.
Joining us from business, government, iwi and not-for-profit, they're all senior managers with a passion for development.

13+ years

Work experience

38+

Age

500+

Organisation size

Tier 2 - 4

Seniority
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Everything they don't teach you at business school!

FLEXIBILITY
DECISIONS
SYSTEMS
PERFORMANCE
INFLUENCE
HOW TO COPE WITH CONSTANT CHANGE

Flexible leaders respond to change, giving them a sustainable advantage. We don’t become flexible by accident though. Unless we intentionally stretch, we stiffen over time and end up out of touch.

In Not An MBA, you'll learn about:
 AWARENESS - How to be more self-aware and attuned to changes in your environment.
 AGENCY- How to take control and back yourself.
 RESILIENCE - How to thrive through - and because of - disaster.

SIGNS YOU NEED TO BE MORE FLEXIBLE
• You’re facing change or transition
 • You’re feeling stuck or out of your depth
 • Your normal response isn’t working anymore.
HOW TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES

Decisive leaders set direction, converting uncertainty into action. Judgement and decision-making is not a personality trait - it's a learned skill that's all about how we think, and the process we use to make choices.

In Not An MBA, you'll learn about:

  FRAMING - How to understand the choice you're making
  SPACES - How to think out loud and with others to shape choices and build understanding
  ACTION - How to incorporate experimentation and iteration into a decision process.
SIGNS YOU NEED TO BE MORE DECISIVE
• You waste time going around in circles
• Your decisions don’t stick
• Your teams feel uncertain and don’t know what to focus on.
HOW TO SOLVE TRICKY PROBLEMS

A systems leader takes nothing at at face value – instead they learn to ask better questions every time they’re faced with a tricky problem. Rather than blaming people, systems leaders see the bigger picture as a collection of relationships, and try to understand how all fits together.

In Not An MBA, you'll learn about:
 BREAKING DOWN SILOES - How to take a systems-view in your team or organisation so you can get to the root cause.
 OPTIMISING RELATIONSHIPS - How to improve the way different people, functions and processes work together.
 CHALLENGING ASSUMPTIONS - How to unearth and shift an unhelpful status quo.

SIGNS YOU NEED TO TACKLE SYSTEMS:
• You keep finding the same problems in different places
• Performance depends on the efforts of individuals
• Things take longer or feel harder than they should.
HOW TO GET MORE DONE WITH LESS EFFORT

Performance leadership isn’t about working harder than  anyone else – it’s about clarity on where we focus, coherence in how we align our effort and commitment to quality and accountability. Performance leaders are calm, focused and empathetic. They’re clear on what really matters and they live and work accordingly.

In Not An MBA, you'll learn about:
DELEGATION - How to empower others to own outcomes and deliver results.
FOCUS - How to direct your energy into the things that make the most difference.
 CRISIS MANAGEMENT - How to plan for, and respond to, risk and disaster.

SIGNS YOU NEED TO LIFT PERFORMANCE:
• You aren’t getting sh*t done
• Your team makes stupid mistakes
• You feel unfocused and hurried.
HOW TO HAVE MORE IMPACT THROUGH OTHERS

Being great at your job isn’t enough to get you  noticed or bring people along with you. Embracing and understanding politics is a non-negotiable  skillset for strategic leaders who want to make a real difference.

In Not An MBA, you'll learn about:
 COMMUNICATION - How to connect with others.
 REPUTATION - How to have integrity and build trust.
 COMMUNITY - How to build tribes around new ideas and change.

SIGNS YOU NEED TO BUILD INFLUENCE:
• Your work doesn’t get the attention it should
• You’re not getting traction with important projects
• You’d like to manage difficult people more easily.

What makes
naMBA different?

Interactive
connection

Most universities rely on lectures. Students yawn through lengthy Powerpoint presentations and juggle a huge courseload with their jobs, families and lives. 

naMBA is fully interactive, so you form new relationships and learn - in just 5-8 hours each week.

Immediate
application

Many MBA programmes schedule a consulting or investigative project as a final assignment - when everything you’ve learned along the way has been forgotten.

naMBA gives you projects every week, to apply what you’ve learned immediately.

Real-world
relevance

Twenty years ago, an MBA was the ticket to success. But today, employers want to know about your experience, not your qualifications.

naMBA isn't an expensive piece of paper. It gives you skills to apply today… and use forever.

What's included?

Book

A signed copy of You Don't Need An MBA: required reading for all students.

Tools and downloads

Templates, worksheets and practical guides you can use forever.

Live sessions

Eight three-hour fully interactive online sessions with a group of learners.

Practical assignments

Weekly assignments to ensure you apply everything you've learned - we hold you accountable here.

Videos

Fun and engaging video lessons to watch before each learning sprint - and again whenever you like!

Community

Access to an incredible tribe of like-minded leaders and learners who like the do things a little differently.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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DON'T MISS OUT

Our next intake starts 19 October.
Learning sprints run every Tuesday via Zoom from 9am - 12pm NZST.
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Frequently asked questions

How long is Not An MBA?

Each Not An MBA intake runs for 8 weeks. You can access the curriculum for another three months after the programme closes.

How much time will I need to invest?

Around 5-8 hours a week. You will need 3 hours a week for attending the sprint, and an additional 2-5 hours for watching video content, reading the book chapter, talking to your team and completing your assignment.

How do I convince my boss to pay?

Excellent question. Download a detailed programme information guide - and receive a bonus email template for convincing your boss, too!

What will I learn?

Not An MBA is all about teaching strategic leadership. That means focusing on core skills that are important to moving up the organisational ladder and adding value at a higher level. We learn about leading with and through change, making great decisions in uncertainty, influencing others, performing at your best and how to design incredible systems and environments. 

What happens in a learning sprint?

We’re online for three hours, and most of that time is spent in interactive discussion – sharing progress and ideas, learning from peers, discussing points of view and (hopefully) having some challenging debates.

In each sprint, Alicia recaps the content and focus for this part of the programme, and provide guidance and conversation prompts. You will discuss the results of your last assignment, and get prepared for your next one.

What do the assignments involve?

We can’t give all our secrets away! naMBA includes a variety of short, interesting assignments. Some of these will be things you publish, some will be things you’ll say (conversations to have with others) and some will be things you make. There’s considerable scope to interpret each assignment with your own creativity and to inspire (and be inspired by!) others..

Does naMBA replace an MBA?

That’s up to you! There’s lots of theory and subject matter knowledge that you’ll get from an MBA that naMBA won’t help you with. For more information, check out this helpful comparison.