Developing the Strategic Manager

Development Programme
Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Do more than just ‘manage’ – think and act strategically. Explore how to better integrate organisation strategy into your operational responsibilities to improve focus and productivity.

Designed for middle to senior managers, this course will give you practical tools and techniques to think strategically and how to apply them to your business context.

This programme consists of three elements to give you a blended learning experience. We recommend that you attend and complete all the elements as they are designed to embed the skills and knowledge you gain at the workshop.


Start dates and how to enrol

  • First module start date: 24 October 2017
  • Non-Member:
    + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £790.00 + VAT
    • Location: London
    • Availability: Spaces
  • First module start date: 19 December 2017
  • Non-Member:
    + VAT [About membership]
  • Member: £790.00 + VAT
    • Location: London
    • Availability: Spaces
This blended learning programme consists of:
A one-day face-to-face workshop, covering the definitions of strategic thinking and barriers to strategic management.

Online activities that should be completed one and two weeks after the workshop. Tasks include an individual research activity on the subject of strategic management, as well as the creation of a video/ podcast/ presentation on your company strategy.

An online webinar, one month after the workshop, which will review the programme theory covered and your progress.
Please note it is your responsibility to attend all elements of the programme, and any missed are non-refundable.
This programme can be run as it features here, or in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; a cost effective solution if a number of people require training. Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.
Length of Programme
One day face-to-face workshop, plus online activities to be completed one and two weeks after. You are also expected to attend a one-hour online webinar one month after the workshop to maximise and consolidate your blended learning.
Who is it for

This programme is for middle to senior managers with operational background looking to explore how to better integrate their organisation’s strategy into their operational responsibilities. This will enable a strategic overview in everyday activities, thus creating better focus for improved productivity.

  • Define ‘strategy’ in your organisational context
  • Define the concept of strategic thinking and explain how to apply it to your business context
  • Identify the barriers to a successful application of your organisational strategy
  • Explain how to influence change in approach to strategy
  • Apply practical tools and techniques to deploy strategic thinking for operational excellence.

This programme is made up of four elements:

1 day face to face workshop


  • Definitions around strategy
  • What is strategic thinking?
  • Strategic management in times of change
  • Acknowledging barriers to implementing strategic management
  • Practical solutions to overcoming barriers
  • Build your personal development plan


One week after the workshop: Individual Research Activity


Research on the subject of strategic management. Test some of your thinking against the models and ideas.  Record your research in the form of a short report, blog, or business magazine article that critically assesses factual points and outlines your opinion and point of view.


Two weeks after the workshop: Individual Reflective Activity

Make a short video / presentation / podcast / image / picture / drawing / animation to articulate your company strategy and what you will do differently with your team, customers or other relevant stakeholders as a result of this programme.


One month after the workshop: one hour Webinar

Delegates come together for a one hour live webinar to review the theory they have researched and discuss progress, as well as offering support and feedback to each other.


Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure you attend all elements of this programme including the research and reflection activities on the VLE and the follow up webinar. 

It is not compulsory that you attend all elements but they make the learning experience more richer and meaningful.  All dates are listed within your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which you will be given access to on the day of the course.  There is no refund or discount for non-attendance and additional elements are not transferable.

Course Tutors

Mrs Michelle Parry-Slater

  • Michelle has over 15 years’ experience largely in the Global Mobility sector, as a Senior Learning and Development business strategist & people manager, with proven results. She is a double award winning modern learning specialist with areas of interest including blended learning, social learning, digital learning, company culture and leadership.
  • Using her years of management experience alongside delivery of leadership programmes, Michelle brings a practical approach to writing and delivering leadership & management programmes which focus on strategy, culture and productivity.
  • She is a self-motivated, energetic, enthusiastic trainer via all mediums from face to face to live online delivery.  A strong people manager with the skills to engage and encourage people, Michelle is an honest and plain speaker who leads by example, living by values of challenge, excellence and transparency.
  • Michelle, a Masters graduate, maintains a fresh approach to Learning and Development in continuing her professional development by regularly and actively engaging with social media, webinars, industry events, and conferences as delegate, tweeter, blogger and speaker. Michelle also appears monthly on Learning Now TV and on a variety of podcasts.
  • A Fellow of the LPI and Chartered Member of CIPD, she is part of the CIPD L&D team, writing and delivering on several leadership CIPD programmes, including the award winning Level 5 L&D qualification.
  • Having worked in global organisations for many years, including living and working in Japan, as Global Head of L&D, and having delivered a variety of learning programmes all across Europe, Michelle is sensitive to the intricacies of cultural differences and working within them respectfully.
  • Michelle currently works with a wide variety of clients, from corporates, universities, small training providers and industry bodies. Her focus is always very practical, with a hands-on approach to creating effective, efficient, enjoyable and engaging workplace learning experiences with her clients that really impact on improving both the learning experience for employees and the productivity of those employees. Michelle works practically via audits, workshops, strategy days, on-going support, interim or contract roles and project management. She specialises in all things leadership, culture, and L&D. 
Dates and fees

Full Up-front Qualification Fee £880 + VAT, Member fees: £790 + VAT

  • 1ˢᵗ Module: 24 October 2017
  • 2ⁿᵈ Module: 21 November 2017
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces
  • 1ˢᵗ Module: 19 December 2017
  • 2ⁿᵈ Module: 16 January 2018
  • Location: London
  • Availability: Spaces

People who have been on this course say

“I found the format of the course refreshing. The classroom really set the scene and the timed research activities allowed me to focus and practice what I’d learnt. This blended format has certainly led to a more powerful learning experience.” Sarah Smith, Chartered MCIPD