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CMI Level 7 - Leading Through Change Programme

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CMI Level 7 - Leading Through Change Programme

The CMI Level 7 Leading Through Change Programme aims to provide leaders with the knowledge and practice of key approaches to lead change effectively through crises and challenge.

During times of change, the leader’s personal and professional resilience is stress-tested.  Relationships can be lost.  Systems and processes of organisations can break down.  The leader is often faced with wicked problems and diminishing resources to deal with them. However, change always brings opportunity for those with a creative and entrepreneurial Growth Mindset.  Leaders who thrive under challenging circumstances have:

  • The resilience, mindset and skills to identify opportunities that new situations bring
  • The ability to effectively communicate new plans
  • The emotional intelligence to re-orientate and motivate their colleagues to achieve new goals, and let go of old ones that are no longer relevant

Through attendance on this course, we will examine the psychological and practical impact of change and uncertainty.  We will introduce research-based models for navigating the organisation through the fog, and which will increase the chances of coming out the other side stronger and with new competitive advantages.  This is a highly interactive Programme which will focus on the practical application of psychologically based theories for real-world impact.

Learners will feel empowered to return to their organisations with a structured plan to overcome adversity and the confidence to apply and communicate strategies for success.

Course Summary


3 Day

Delivery Method and Price:

Virtual Classroom:


About the Programme

Designed for those with a minimum 3 years senior management experience including managers, senior leaders, business owners, Board Members, CEOs and trustees.

There are currently no dates available for this course.
However, we can tailor this course to your company via the virtual classroom or at a location of your choice.

Contact us and we'll get in touch to discuss your bespoke group training needs.

  • Examine evidence-based insights into how change impacts individuals, teams, and organisations
  • Examine the psychology and neuroscience of change and stress, and how to engage with this as a manager
  • Coach, mentor and communicate strategically, with authenticity and emotional intelligence
  • Learn to apply a range of tools and frameworks to orientate yourself, and the organisation, to the current situation, and quickly establish new objectives
  • Review strategies to effectively communicate with colleagues and clients during the change process
  • Propose a contextualised strategy for leading change in your organisation
  • Understand how to build personal, team and organisational resilience for the longer term

Session 1


Facilitated group session to set the context and objectives for the course.

  • Introductions
  • Overview of key concepts
    and format of the programme

Session 2

Self-Management in Adversity

  • Neurological levels of Communication
  • Determinism theory and practice
  • Personal resilience and how this can be developed
  • Growth mindset and ‘Grit’
  • Case study and exercise; application of theory to the real world

Session 3

Leading Your Team

  • Introduction to coaching communication
  • Understanding and applying Goleman’s model of Emotional Intelligence
  • Transactional and transformational leadership
  • Authentic leadership and establishing trust with teams during change
  • Exercise and application

Session 4

Leading Change

  • Kotter 8-steps of change updated to include recent organisational research
  • The Change Curve, grief, loss and trauma, and the relationship to change
  • Motivation in tough times; getting out of the ‘pit of despair’

Session 5

Organisational Resilience

  • Introduction to Agile management principles
  • Agile exercise: develop a simple solution to a problem and iterate fast
  • Understanding organisational culture, and identifying how this shapes strategy
  • Horizon scanning and strategy tools

Session 6

Making Your Plan

  • Dealing with wicked problems and decision making
  • Managing risk using the Rasmussen risk management concept
  • Communicating change to stakeholders
  • Presenting your strategic change plan

Completion of this course and the related completion of 1 3000 - 4000 word written assignment results in a CMI Level 7 award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.

This course is mapped to CMI Unit 705 – Leading Strategic Change.

You can read more about the available qualification on our qualifications page.

James Willerton

James Willerton


With more than 10 years of business consulting and professional service experience, James has developed a well-rounded and practical perspective on strategic development and human capital development at all levels and cross-industries both nationally and internationally.  With a focus on innovation in strategy development, James is a certified 'exceptional trainer’.  He has a diverse background in business management, innovation, strategy development, organisational development, recruitment and operations. 

During his role in recruitment, James applied advanced psychometric techniques and personally assessed over 1,000 candidates for client’s businesses, as well as his own. Combined with coaching, this has given him an advanced experience of dealing with the human psyche and obtaining optimal results for human capital and organisational development. 

James has a very approachable manner, with valuable real-world experience as an employer and a senior consultant to a wide-range of industries and organisations.

Alex Firmin

Alex Firmin


Alex is a qualified occupational psychologist and specialises in leadership development.  He is also a highly experienced educational consultant and executive coach.  Alex is the Associate Director for Programmes at In Professional Development, and routinely teaches on MBA programmes for York, Chester, and Robert Gordon Universities.

For 12 years, Alex was an army officer (Major) and undertook several tours of Afghanistan. He supported the development and delivery of the Army’s Global Security, Leadership and Strategy programme at Sandhurst. Alex's hard work led to him successfully establishing the first Afghan officer training academy, in Kabul.

Alex has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering strategic training programmes as well as being a business consultant and manager. Making him an accomplished Leadership Consultant with cross-cultural experience and the ability to succeed in the most challenging environments. He has become well respected for delivering high impact, strategic Leadership and Management training for large scale commercial corporations. He uses proven techniques combined with innovation to provide creative and successful solutions for businesses.

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Is this course right for you?

  • Understand how change impacts individuals, teams, and organisations
  • Lead change effectively through times of challenge and crisis
  • Coach, mentor and communicate strategically
  • Learn to re-orientate and motivate colleagues to achieve new goals
  • Understand how to build personal, team and organisational resilience


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