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Leading Strategic Change Programme - CMI Level 7

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Leading Strategic Change Programme - CMI Level 7

Leading strategic change is a crucial skill for senior business leaders who aim to drive organisational growth and adapt to evolving market dynamics. 

Our Leading Strategic Change CMI Level 7 Course aims to provide leaders with the knowledge and practice of key approaches to lead change effectively.  We will examine the psychological and practical impact of change and introduce research-based models for navigating the organisation through crises, challenge and opportunity, with purpose of ensuring that organisational change can be achieved successfully.  

This is a highly interactive programme which will focus on the practical application of psychologically based theories for real-world impact whilst following Lewin’s 3 step change model which has built the agenda of the programme: Unfreeze – Change – Refreeze.  

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

Course Summary


Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice - Optional


3 Day

Delivery Method and Price:

Virtual Classroom:


About Us

About the Programme

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

The key benefits from attending this course for learners include:  

  • An ability to develop a comprehensive change strategy aligned with organisational objectives. 
  • A clear perspective of how change effects themselves, their teams and their organisations. 
  • A detailed understanding of the most up to date psychological insight into the impact of chance and uncertainty, and how to engage with this. 
  • The skills and knowledge to overcome resistance to change and effectively manage stakeholders. 
  • An ability to recognise how crisis situations can impact on the emotional state and test the technical ability of people in organisations, and how to mitigate the negative impact through communication and emotionally intelligent managerial support. 
  • An ability to draw upon best practice to create a real-world strategy, for your organisation, and have this peer reviewed by fellow participants.   
  • An understanding of how to put in place deliberate steps so that you are able to lead confidently through adversity and build improved resilience in yourself and those around you. 

*Please note that some of the materials and objectives may be subject to change depending on discussions, activities and needs of the cohort upon reflection of delegate responses to the pre-programme questionnaires.*

On completion of this programme, delegates will have:

  • Understand the importance of strategic change and its implications for business leaders
  • Develop and propose a contextualised strategy for leading change in your organisation
  • Examine evidence-based insights into how change impacts individuals, teams, and organisations
  • Analyse internal and external factors that drive the need for strategic change
  • Examine the psychology and neuroscience of change and stress, and how to engage with this as a leader
  • Review strategies to effectively communicate with colleagues and clients during the change process
  • Coach, mentor and communicate strategically, with authenticity and emotional intelligence
  • Foster a change-ready culture that embraces innovation and agility
  • Evaluate and mitigate risks associated with change implementation
  • Sustain change efforts through continuous learning and improvement


Session 1

Vision for Change  

Key Themes Include: 

  • Introductions & icebreaker 
  • Defining strategic change and choice 
  • Behavioural change – neuro logical levels 
  • Kotter’s 8-Step change model 
  • Kubler-Ross change curve 
  • Making the business case for change – the burning platform 
  • Using SWOT and PESTEL  
  • Creating vision for change

Session 2

Creating the Conditions for Success  

Key Themes Include: 

  • Stakeholder engagement 
  • Establishing and monitoring success criteria 
  • Developing resilience to navigate change 
  • Creating the conditions for success – addressing team dysfunction 
  • Building and rebuilding trust 
  • Authentic leadership through change 
  • Transformational leadership 
  • Coaching as an agent of change 
  • Evaluating resistances to change

Session 3

Embedding Change  

Key Themes Include: 

  • Establishing and maintaining motivation 
  • Supporting change agents within the workforce 
  • Embedding change as business as usual (sustaining the change through policy) 
  • Identifying and mitigating risk (Rasmussen) 
  • Developing your draft plan 
  • Group coaching session 

CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice 

Following completion of the Leading Strategic Change Programme, learners can opt to continue their studies by completing a CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership PracticeThis qualification is designed for practising middle managers and leaders at operations, division, departmental or specialist level, who are typically accountable to a senior manager or business owner. 

Learners are required to complete one 4,000-4,500 word written assignment.  Units to be completed include: 

  • 705: Leading Strategic Change 

Benefits of completing the qualification include: 

For learners: 

  • Enables learners to develop the professionalism to deliver impact and behave ethically. 
  • Enables learners to understand the scope, context and complexity of leading strategic change. 
  • Provides the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to continual learning and development.  
  • Accredited management and leadership qualification and certificate on completion. 

For organisations: 

  • Learners will build on their strategic management and leadership skills to focus on the requirements of embedding the organisation’s strategy. 
  • Provides skills and behaviours to drive core business activities. 
  • Optimises an organisation’s ability to remain competitive, react to the needs and expectations of stakeholders and respond to changing national and international markets. 

Learners also receive: 

  • Targeted tutorials run by our CMI-qualified tutors, to help learners complete the assignment writing phase. 
  • Dedicated support from the Quality Assurance Team here at In Professional Development, including regular CMI learner drop-in sessions.  
  • Access to a wealth of CMI online learning resources through their Management Direct website. 

Please take a look at our CMI FAQs to find out more about how the qualification works.  

Pierson Stratford

Pierson Stratford


Pierson has 15 years’ experience as a consultant and facilitator, specialising in leadership, management and coaching. Experienced in the design and delivery of people development, Pierson uses coaching psychology to engage with leaders at all levels, supporting them to; be, have and do more. 

Highly experienced in talent development, from managing large graduate programmes to developing directors and senior leaders for global brands at an international level, Pierson adds value by making learning stick, while turning new knowledge into practical skills.

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.

Stuart Chambers

Stuart Chambers


Stuart has enjoyed a 25-year career in coaching, management and leadership. Stuart's passion for coaching and personal development emerged through a successful career in the health and fitness industry. Beginning as a health & fitness coach, Stuart worked through all levels, including senior leadership roles with various organisations, from small independent businesses to multi-site operators. 

As well as an experienced management and leadership professional Stuart is also qualified in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Strategy and is an NLP Master Practitioner. For the last 10 years of his career, Stuart has worked as a coach and L&D consultant for a diverse range of clients in public and private sectors. He has extensive experience creating and delivering development programmes, workshops and coaching courses for people at all levels.  

Stuart is also a sports mental training coach and has worked with athletes on their cognitive skills achieving success at all levels, from juniors to world championship and international-level competitors. 

Our dedicated In-House Training team can work with you to create a tailored training course that creates an optimal learning experience. Our bespoke built training programmes are designed around your needs and allow you to meet the specific requirements of your business.

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  • Develop a comprehensive change strategy aligned with organisational objectives
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the most up to date psychological insight into the impact of chance and uncertainty
  • Gain the ability to draw upon best practice to create a real-world strategy


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