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Southampton Business School

Challenging Strategies with Insight (EDP event) Event

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25 - 26 October 2018
Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Paul Bennett on 023 8059 6892 or email .

Event details

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.


Challenging Strategies with Insight equips leaders and strategy developers to create, critique and execute their own world-class strategies. With the application of forensic insight, your tutor’s experience and expertise and input from the other participants, your ideas will be constructively challenged from every angle.

Strategy is one of the key leadership tools and this programme provides you with the opportunity to explore the effectiveness of strategy development within your organisation. In a safe and supportive environment, you will be able to discuss and work on the real strategic issues facing your organisation while sharing experiences with others from other organisations. You will also be able to explore concepts and test ideas and understand how to externalise your organisation. Ultimately the goal is to enable you to add to your executive toolkit the ability to critique and create more successful business strategies while building your confidence to interact and influence other board members, fellow executives and stakeholders.  Each participant should leave with practical output that they can act on.

Designed for board members, current and future leaders, and senior executives from all disciplines with responsibility for – or a role in – strategy setting and review. This programme also works well for teams developing, or about to execute, their own business strategy.

Key Learning Outcomes

An intensive course with interesting discussions, exploration of concepts and development of techniques on key learnings, including:

  • Why strategy matters
  • Business Strategy Critiques
  • Strategic Perspective on Customers & Stakeholders
  • Leading with Insight
  • Formulating Strategy
  • Capturing  and Delivering Value

Content and Learning Styles

The session will combine research findings with unique insights and thought provoking presentations to stimulate in-depth discussions. Peer learning is a big part of the days and you will be given every opportunity to share ideas and learn not only from the speakers but also from others in the group. The sessions will include practical group work to benchmark current practices within your organisation.

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Speaker information

Jeff Callander, EMA Consultancy Group, Jeff Callander is an Executive Faculty Member of Southampton Business School. He has delivered strategic outputs through the Executive Learning Partnership over the last few years and will be extending his collaboration with Southampton Business School through our Executive Development programmes.

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