The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

Strategy and Decision Making (EDP event) Event

Date:
9 - 10 November 2017
Venue:
Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton
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For more information regarding this event, please telephone Paul Bennett on 023 8059 6892 or email paul.bennett@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Executive Development Programme Event

Programme Overview

Strategy summary

Business strategy and its development is often thought of as a function or activity whereas in reality it is a leadership tool, part of the tool kit which every Board member and senior manager should be equipped with. How does your organisation view this? Is it a ‘living’ tool that you and your management team refer to regularly or is it a document done once a year and then filed? How market-focused is your business strategy? Can all your employees relate to it?

The integrated sessions will set out to demonstrate that setting goals and choosing strategies that are relevant, customer focused, fact based and in the context of market reality, ensures every employee is engaged and contributing to the achievement of the goals. The aim is to allow participants to reflect and take a critical look at their existing business strategies and challenge them, using provocative tools and techniques, while participating with other participants to share learnings and experiences.

Topical case histories will be visited and forensically investigated to illustrate the impact of strategic decisions informed by facts and insight.

Programme summary

This 2 day residential programme will provide the participants with unique insights and collateral alongside expert input to explore the complex strategy creation and decision making processes that senior managers need to understand to drive successful business performance. Through sharing key challenges, discussing good practice and reflecting on current thinking, this programme will enable the participants to develop effective strategies with a range of techniques that will ensure their input is more influential, effective and impactful.

Key Learning Outcomes

This participative and interactive programme will enable the participants to:

  • Understand what an effective business strategy could mean to the company
  • See the importance of having a common language about strategy within the organisation
  • Decide what practice will be effective in terms of both processes and behaviour
  • Drive the business with fact-based decision making
  • Create engagement within the workforce
  • Understand the customer’s hierarchy of needs and how this can provide insight
  • Critique a business strategy in order to identify opportunities and create value
  • Deliver fact-based decisions

Programme content and learning styles:

The participants will be provided with tools, frameworks and challenge from fellow participants and the tutor to help them better understand strategy creation and implementation and will include many opportunities to apply the real time learning to their current and future workplace challenges.

Cost: £1000 plus overnight accommodation at Chilworth Manor if required

Speaker information

Jeff Callander,EMA Consultancy ,Jeff is an experienced consultant, business school lecturer, facilitator and designer of learning programmes, specialising in strategy development and reviews while also still actively involved in business as a director of an oilfield engineering firm. Jeff has used his expertise to enable major clients improve their commercial results, with particular focus on enabling businesses to develop insight about their operations and customers. He has a unique set of skills to support businesses in change management programmes and provide business leaders with direction for their organisations. Jeff, multi-lingual in Spanish and Portuguese having grown up in Brazil and other Latin American countries, has truly worldwide experience having performed field audits, run workshops and worked in over 50 countries spanning more than 160 assignments. Jeff is currently working on his doctorate at the University of Southampton researching “what are the key elements in goal-setting at a business level and the effects on employee engagement”. He is a member and certified management consultant of the Institute of Consultancy and the Institute of Directors.

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