The non-accredited mini MBA course provides the opportunity to develop a comprehensive business skill set in a targeted, efficient, and practical setting. Complete in just five weeks through 90-minute online sessions, one day per week.

6 x 90 minute virtual classroom sessions, plus 2 x 1 hour coaching sessions
Five weeks commencing: August 1 (3pm - 4.30pm) or November 1 (8.30am - 10am)


Professional development at this level requires participants to understand complexity, to analyse, synthesise and interpret information, before applying the knowledge and expertise to their real world circumstances. The mini MBA is an online non-accredited course, aimed to support you with your professional development plan and achieving your goals. Completing the mini MBA means you can take the next steps in enhancing your career progression, adding the mini MBA to your resume.

Individually, the topics of Strategy, Finance, Operations and People are critical to organisational success. However, they don’t work in isolation and it is the intersection of these elements, The Performance Hot Spot, where each aligns and enables sustained high performance. Throughout the online mini MBA program, participants will be challenged to consider how the topic might best be managed to bring their organisation closer to the Hot Spot.

  • To what extent do our financials, operational decisions and the make-up of our workforce align with the ambitions outlined in our Strategy?
  • Is our performance being helped or hindered by our operational systems and processes?
  • Are we being too ambitious or too conservative based on our current financial position?
  • Do we have the right people, with the right skills in the right roles to succeed?

Please note that the Mini MBA is not accredited or recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Dates and Times

  Date Time
Week 1 Nov 1 8.30am - 10am
Week 2 Nov 8 & 10 8.30am - 10am
Week 3 Nov 15 8.30am - 10am
Week 4 Nov 22 8.30am - 10am
Week 5 Nov 29 8.30am - 10am

Mini MBA Online Topics


  • Learn the language of finance
  • Determine the essential financial knowledge required of all senior leaders
  • Consider the financial implications of strategic challenges faced by several high profile organisations
  • Consider what questions you might ask of your finance department in order to make better decisions.


  • Determine why and how strategy is developed in organisations
  • Review the steps for developing a strategy that can respond to changes in the external environment
  • Apply this knowledge to relevant case studies and your own organisation
  • Consider the implications of their organisation’s strategy on your role as a business unit leader.


  • Examine existing systems and processes in your workplace
  • Evaluate two or three quality assurance models for operational excellence
  • Unpack the pre-conditions for operational excellence and implementing change in workplaces
  • Discuss the implementation of the Australian Business Excellence Framework in workplaces.


  • Explore what it means to be a leader of a contemporary organisation
  • Discuss how the concept of a leader as coach can be implemented
  • Examine how leaders can foster a culture of innovation whilst still driving performance and accountability
  • Consider the implications of this new style of leadership on how they might change your own style.

How the mini MBA unfolds over just 5 weeks

Week 1


On Demand Pre Reading
90 min Live Stream Seminar
Week 2

Strategy & Finance

On Demand Pre Reading
Financial Analysis
2 x 90 min Live Stream Seminars
Strategy & Financial Framework, Financial Drivers & Breakeven Analysis
Week 3


On Demand Pre Reading
Operational Improvement
90 min Live Stream Seminar
Business Excellence Frameworks, Systems & Processes
Week 4

Operations & People

On Demand Pre Reading
90 min Live Stream Seminar
Driving Change, Self-Awareness Diagnostic
Week 5


90 min Live Stream Seminar
Leading Others, Developing a Growth Mindset

One-on-One Coaching

Following Week 5, each participant will receive 2 x 1 hour, one-on-one virtual coaching sessions via an online Platform with an experienced coach to apply the learnings and develop a Professional Development Plan.

Who Will Benefit From The Mini MBA Course?

The mini MBA is ideal for self-motivated leaders and managers who want to take their career to the next level.  

The content has been designed for those looking for immediate results, and don’t want to invest the time needed for traditional higher education degrees that take years to attain.


Mini MBA Learning Outcomes

Participants should be able to:

  • Apply high level decision analysis and judgement to complex organisational issues
  • Adapt a strategy framework to their own organisation
  • Identify relevant operational drivers and break even analysis
  • Select the right questions to ask about the financial performance of their organisation
  • Unpack a range of business excellence and quality frameworks
  • Understand the subtleties of organisational change and the pre-conditions for success
  • Gain greater awareness of their leadership style through a diagnostic survey
  • Apply appropriate techniques for getting the best from their people
  • Prepare a personal development plan via one-on-one coaching.

Dates and Times

  Date Time
Week 1 Nov 1 8.30am - 10am
Week 2 Nov 8 & 10 8.30am - 10am
Week 3 Nov 15 8.30am - 10am
Week 4 Nov 22 8.30am - 10am
Week 5 Nov 29 8.30am - 10am
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