The Strategic Manager

Practical tools to enable you to think and plan more strategically in the workplace.

Wed 14 Jun 2017 9:30am - 4:30pm London
CCT Venues Barbican

CCT Venues Barbican


  Aldersgate House, 135-137 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4JA


  0207 776 4794

Located next door to Barbican tube station.  


Exit Barbican tube station and turn right.  Barbican CCT Venues is located next door but 1 to the tube station, on the corner of the road.  Download full details here.


There is an NCP car park only minutes away on Aldersgate Street near the Museum of London roundabout, which charges £3.50 per hour or £21 for  a full day.

There is an NCP car park  minutes away on Aldersgate Street near the Museum of London roundabout, which charges £3.50 per hour or £21 for a full day.


The closest hotels are:

Citadines Aparthotel, Barbican (3 minute walk on the same road).

Malmaison (4 minute walk)

Rookery Hote (5 minute walk)


*Two delegates £460.00 per delegate.

Rated by 64 delegates

Rated4.5out of 5


In this highly practical workshop, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the most important and effective strategic processes, ideas, tools and techniques, to help you to contribute successfully to your organisation's future.

You'll leave with a wealth of tools and techniques to enable you to develop your strategic thinking and a practical action plan you will be able you to implement with confidence on your return to work.

What you'll learn

  • The importance of strategy to your organisation's success
  • Key skills for thinking strategically
  • How to identify and analyse the current strategic position
  • Problems with strategic thinking and planning and how to overcome them
  • Defining / refining your strategy – a template to create your strategy
  • Practical models to help develop your strategic insight and vision
  • The important link between strategy and culture
  • Communicating your strategy and gaining buy in
  • Practical framework for implementing your strategy
  • Monitoring success and measuring achievement
  • Next steps and action planning: Where do you go from here?  Putting the theory into practice in your own organisation

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to develop a deeper understanding of strategy and corporate culture, tasked with implementing a strategy or simply wanting to enhance their business skills.  The course offers a wealth of material for the private sector, public sector and third sector.

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Your facilitator

David Cotton

David has worked in training and development for over 20 years, working in four continents and nearly 40 countries.  His work ranges from one to one coaching to managing multinational training programmes and his clients range from small family businesses to the European Commission, United Nations and Middle Eastern petrochemical companies. He is the author of around a dozen books and many journal articles. He is also a qualified and practising hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner.  He spent 21 years with the major professional services firms, Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, before becoming an independent trainer, coach, facilitator and speaker in 2002.  A former professional musician, David still occasionally performs and he collects instruments from around the world on his travels.  He is the author of several books including 'Managing Difficult People At Work' and 'The Business Strategy Toolkit'.

Here's what our delegates are saying about this event…

Surprisingly informative, I thought it might not be relevant, but it was.

Support Manager

Very good, well presented.

Support Manager

Excellent, thought provoking, practical, empowering.

Communications Manager

Informative, well paced, good learning and thought provoking. Good tools to take away.

General Manager

Surprisingly informative, I thought it might not be relevant, but it was.

Support Manager

Very good, well presented.

Support Manager

Excellent, thought provoking, practical, empowering.

Communications Manager

Informative, well paced, good learning and thought provoking. Good tools to take away.

General Manager

Very good and relevant. Worthwhile but needs some thought beforehand to understand what you want from it.

Head of Sourcing and Commercial

Informative day Useful pointers for the things an organisation needs to consider.

Director of Operations

Thought provoking and easy to relate to. Good to think outside the box. Useful for those in a position to make changes and influence strategy.

Managing Director

Very enjoyable. Well worth attending, informative and in depth.


Interesting, lots of memorable anecdotes, good tools to take forward planning and development of strategy.

Director of Operations

A good variety of tools that can be used across a divers group of organisations Not too business heavy, relevant for the voluntary organisations I work in. Well delivered. Interesting and informative.

Support Manager

Useful, but would have preferred a more practical implementation and communication section.

General Manager

Enjoyable and thought provoking. Worthwhile.

Senior Business Manager

Great. Theory behind the practice.

Area Manager

It made me realise just how important strategic planning is within an organisations if it is done in the right way. Food for thought! Fantastic venue.

Managing Co-ordinator

Good, it met expectations. A good introduction to strategic thinking and provided tools and techniques to use.

Fund Manager

Very informative, lots of helpful tools and creat a lot to think about. De-mystifying strategy!

Regional Director

Brilliant, really useful and interesting. Interactive and useful.

Housing Policy and Strategy Manager

Excellent. Entertaining, very thought provoking. A lot of new information for me. Great.

QA Officer

Very informative. I would recommend the course as there was so much varied information and tips.

HR Administrator

Excellent, very informative and enjoyable. Informative, relevant and enjoyable with interesting views from other attendees.

ICT Service Delivery

Really useful insight, worthwhile even if you don't set strategy.

Regional Manager

Excellent, the trainer is very knowledgeable and is able to explain complex terms in a pragmatic and practical way.

HR Manager

Very interesting and informative, input into strategy and how it affects the broader business.


Very good and captivating.

Group Brand Organiser

Well delivered by an insightful and experienced course leader, I enjoyed that it was quite informal.

Facilities Manager

It helped me to think more about strategic management. It is a course that provides practical solutions that can be implemented across various sectors.

Head of Department

Refreshing to hear points of view which are different to standard management training. Very entertaining.

Commercial Director

Very good overview of strategy theory, what it is and isn't.

Facilities Manager

Very interesting and informative. Useful as we are currently business planning. Fun, not boring.

Head of Marketing

Great. Go on it, you will learn something new.

Purchasing Manager

Thought provoking and engaging. Worthwhile for setting the scene on strategy.

Head of Business Analysis

Very good liked the practical elements to the day. Good insight as to what factors needed to be taken when writing strategies.

HR Manager

Good insight interesting discussions. Good fun, thought provoking ideas to take back with me.

Regional Services Manager

Overall very wide ranging but relevant. Great introduction to strategic thinking and managing.


Very well presented and enjoyable. Professional and understanding how to incorporate strategic thinking into a business.

OEM National Sales Manager

Very good. Highly detailed and useful. Well worth attending. Great introduction to strategy.

National Specifications Manager

Really good. Fun, interesting, thought provoking.

Finance Manager, Altecnic

Really enjoyed it, well worth attending. Thought provoking

Facilities Manager

Useful models and templates to use. Good venue. Useful introduction to creating a strategy.

ICT Training Manager

Very thought-provoking - good culture diagnostic tool. Sold introduction to strategic thinking and how to plan effective strategy.

Head of HR

Excellent, the trainer had a very strong knowledge base and working history.

Business Manager

Well delivered and engaging, particularly liked the interactive elements. Gives a well rounded view of how to think strategically with some relevant example that you can apply to your own organisation.

Head of Pension Administration

It was insightful. I feel energised and that I have the right tools.

Head of Marketing

Enjoyable, knowledgeable trainer, good atmosphere. Good training facility. Worthwhile.

Team Leader

Very informative. Good practical examples very entertaining. Very engaging and practical.

HR Director

Excellent course, thank you. Clearly put strategic thinking into context. Useful for all individuals across a range of businesses to hep develop and move that business forward.

Staff Trainer

Really good, informative and challenging. Really constructive with good discussions.

Research Manager

Really good, engaging trainer, interesting, good mix of theory and practical thinking time.

Strategy Manager

Enlightening and informative. Excellent delivery.

Operations Manager

Excellent, really high standard of material and teaching. Great mix of attendees to learn from too. Excellent pointers for further study and practical appication.


Key building blocks of strategic thinking, clear interesting and thought provoking. Highly engaging.

Customer Management

Excellent, fun and highly informative, very practical.

Housing Strategy and Development Programme

Included a lot of content, good mix of practice and examples. Will definitely share ideas with colleagues. I would recommend it.

Strategic Communications Manager

Great course, lots of information, very interesting.


Excellent! Took away at least 3 things to implement. Worthwhile taking the time to attend. Relevant, clear and practical session.

Assistant Principal

Great, engaging and useful.

Project Manager

It was engaging very tangible for a theory course. Felt a little slow at certain points.

Revenue Strategy Advisor

Well paced, expertly delivered. Interesting and helpful, focuses your thoughts on what you are really meant to be doing and why.

Finance Advisor

Good examples, good food for thought. Well presented. Informative and stimulating.

Head of IT

Excellent - good content.

Service Manager

Really useful, helpful to have time out to think about these things an focus on strategy. A practical course to help forumulate strategic thought an to review the purpose of why this is important.

Service Manager, London Borough of Camden

Very useful. Good to have a chance to think about how and what we communicate to the team. Interesting and informative.

Business Support Service Manager, London Borough of Camden


Senior Surveyor

Really good, enjoyed spending time thinking about strategic thinking and relating this to my service

Head of Business Support

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