Defining creative management through the development of organisations and teams that enables leadership to provide vision, direction and the skilful allocation of human and material resources.
Our approach to management consulting incorporates core military values; courage, discipline, respect, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment.
Project and programme management
Oakas has a wide variety of experience in Programme and Project Management. We have staff qualified as Advanced PRINCE 2 Practitioners, OGC Managing Successful Programmes, and ISEB Project Managers, and we understand and can leverage the differences between these two disciplines. We have experience of managing projects and programmes in both the public and private sector, with particular experience around HR and IT systems.
Change is inevitable, however it can cause unease and disruption. The pace and enormity of change that business and governments are facing today can make it difficult to keep everyone and everything moving ahead together. At Oakas we work with organisations, focussing on process and people enabling a comfortable adjustment to to change.
Whether it is a technology system that requires training, processes that need integrating into existing work habits, or a strategic direction that depends on the understanding and support of stakeholders.
Training strategy and delivery
Oakas can provide individual training, group workshops and organisational exercises tailored to your company's requirements. We really enjoy helping to develop teams and help build cohesion. We have developed our own model for high performing teams and are keen to provide feedback as required, including detailed reports. We liaise very closely with Training Directors to ensure we deliver bespoke programs suited to the requirement at realistic cost.
We can offer:
- Specialist leadership training
- Team building / team cohesion training
- Specific team simulation - for example crisis management / crisis communications
- Multiple team simulation - for example crisis management / crisis communications
- Complex multilevel, interagency exercises
- Communications and media training
- Crisis management training
We provide integrated risk based solutions, management and due diligence services to organisations seeking to identify, assess, mitigate, transfer and monitor operational risk to reduce uncertainty and improve corporate governance. Our solutions can form part of the client's code of business ethics and to demonstrate compliance, both to investors and the Board.
Has your organisation assessed the risk of energy and environmental price fluctuations which can have an impact and the potential to leave organisations more exposed.
- Policy - we work with our clients to establish the correct corporate policy and standards to adhere to
- Planning - we produce solutions that allow clients to exploit opportunities and enable business whilst ensuring strategic, operational and personal risks are mitigated
- Implementation - we deliver our integrated solution and ensure the company has a working process which it can take forward
- Management - we provide ongoing management and audit services to ensure that chosen standards are adhered to and where necessary updated to reflect changing operational conditions
When a crisis occurs, your organisation must be able to handle the situation efficiently and without detriment to normal business activities. There is often a critical moment which will impact upon the outcome and it is at this point that your key leaders need to be able to take the appropriate actions. Decisions taken after a crisis will determine the effect to your organisation and your ability to recover 'business as usual'.
Understand complexity, deliver simplicity: Preparation is the key and we work together with the client to understand the business, develop measurable plans, assist with implementing and communicating the plan, and then rehearsing, training and exercising.
Dealing with a crisis can be an overwhelming requirement. Preparing for this needs to be broken down into manageable portions so that departments can react, identify and carry out their tasks in any given situation.
The Oakas Crisis Management Tool Box will provide you with the necessary framework to ensure that you can deal with any given situation. The Tool Box Comprises:
- Pre Planning - risk analysis risk assessment
- Plan development
- Crisis documentation and information management
- Crisis management integration
- Crisis Centre development and design
- Crisis Training
- Crisis Exercising
- Media and Communications training and exercising
It is better to have a plan and not need it, than need a plan and not have it.
Increasingly organisations find investors, partners and customers asking to see documented details of their business continuity systems, which are required to be integrated into a company's organisational structure. They should be implemented, tested and ready for use whenever necessary.
Preparing a Business Continuity Plan from scratch can seem daunting but Oakas Ltd can help by advising on the full lifecycle or implement parts of the business continuity plan, including:
Our consultants work in partnership with your staff throughout the process in order to identify the most cost-effective solutions for your organisation.
- Business Impact Analysis
- Risk evaluation and control
- Determining the strategy (governance and organisational structure)
- Program management / plan development
- Developing and implementing a BCM response.
- Incident or crisis procedure development
- Training and exercising
Personal Safety and Security
Business travel abroad can bring its own challenges and risks to the individual and the organisation. Ensuring that personnel are well prepared is part of the corporate responsibility. As well as training the organisation to deal with a crisis, Oakas prepares the individuals for the environments that they will work in.
Rehearsal builds confidence, reinforces strengths and helps highlight areas where work is required. The ability to practice in a safe and controlled environment is invaluable, whether preparing for a war-zone or operating in a boardroom.
- Individual personal Safety training (before traveling abroad)
- Hostile Environment Awareness Training (for higher risk environments abroad)
In order to help you fulfill your duty of care to employees, Oakas can assist you with plans and procedures for staff before traveling outside of their host country, including:
- country-specific risk assessments
- medical risk assessments
- journey management planning
- personal safety guidelines
- emergency response guidelines and evacuation procedures
Media and Communication
The most dangerous problem in communication, is the illusion that it has taken place.
Communication skills are essential to organisations that understand the impact media can have on their reputation. Much can ride on the way we present a message - a reputation can be won or lost within a sound-bite. Training for anyone that might have cause to speak to the media is key.
Whether in the event of a crisis or simply needing to impart information, the way we transmit our intentions requires skills that need to be rehearsed and practiced. Training is an investment in the individual that will pay dividends.
When faced with a crisis often a negative can be converted into a positive message. It is about identifying the messages, rehearsing and gaining confidence in how to deal with the media.
Whether it is assistance with devising key messages for the organisation in a collaborative forum, or working with an individual who might find themselves in the spotlight; Oakas draws on the experience of personnel who have worked in the most demanding environments to help deliver support to your organisation.
Oakas works closely with some of the finest media and communications specialists in the world with experience delivering expertise at the very highest levels both in boardrooms and in the highest echelons of the military. An exceptional ability to plan and deliver highly demanding, enjoyable and educational simulation training will certainly ensure that the lessons can be learnt in a friendly yet demanding environment.