Taking Your Business Forward

Plan for the future across the core business functions of planning, leadership and communication, customers and offering, financial readiness and technology and digital adoption.

Benefit from real-time, discussion-based sessions with an Icehouse facilitator and fellow business owners. As with all Icehouse programmes, this is a uniquely intimate, small-group programme set in a secure and stimulating digital environment.

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What is included?


Interactive E-learning


90-Day Plan


Subject Matter Experts

This is an interactive 3-month e-learning programme for business owners – where you’ll have the opportunity to rethink aspects of your business and reset for the future. The programme is perfect for owners of businesses with revenue between $500,000 and $3Million and employing between 5 and 25 people.

The programme combines online content, facilitated sessions and self-moderated peer group discussions, giving owners from around New Zealand practical sessions with a highly skilled and experienced Icehouse facilitator, subject-matter experts and owner-manager guest speakers.

The programme acknowledges the unprecedented nature of the current environment and it recognises the need for owners to challenge traditional assumptions and think differently about what their business may need to look like in the future. It incorporates relevant elements of our flagship Owner Manager Programme.

Sessions are interactive and inclusive and will at times be deliberately provocative and challenging. Each element of the programme has been designed to keep participants interested and engaged as they think about what they need to do to retool and refocus their business.

You’ll complete the programme more prepared for the challenging business conditions we are currently facing. Moreover, the ‘best practice’ skills and disciplines you learn can be applied now and far into the future.

In the final session of Taking Your Business Forward you will develop and present a clear 90-day plan with goals based on where you see the business going and what is required to execute.

The follow-up 1:1 coaching session is a check-in session to help ensure you are on track to implement your 90-day plan and the goals you set. This time with an Icehouse coach provides the opportunity to track your progress and identify and discuss any challenges you are experiencing or road-blocks to your success.


Digital Sample Download


Gearing Up: Leading Your Kiwi Business into the Future is a completely revised and updated primer of business school wisdom, grounded in real Kiwi examples, for New Zealand’s owner-­manager businesses. 
Throughout, the authors focus – through real examples – on the opportunities and challenges faced by the Kiwi men and women running our owner-operated businesses.

It had been adopted and used as a strong supporting text in The Icehouse's development programmes, including Taking Your Business Forward

How will this impact my business?

Understand your customers and align your product/service
Improve your leadership and communication
Resilience in your business and personal life
Understand accounting and finance better
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Understand and explore digital technologies


Supported by an unrivalled group of subject matter experts, presenters and guest speakers, the facilitators for each Taking Your Business Forward programme combine decades of experience and their advice and knowledge have helped many of New Zealand’s most recognisable and successful businesses.  

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