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Strategic Decision Making for Leaders - CMI Level 7

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Strategic Decision Making for Leaders - CMI Level 7

Our dynamic and consultative Strategic Decision Making for Leaders Programme has been designed for senior leaders, who are responsible for engaging with complex organisational decisions, and have a role in deciding upon, defining or presenting organisational strategy. This programme develops your capacity and confidence to make well-thought-out, informed and comprehensive decisions.

Making good, evidence-based decisions under pressure is a vital leadership skill, especially in times of change or challenge. The programme is designed to assist leaders in putting together and implementing organisational strategy or dealing with other complex decisions. It is a dynamic and consultative programme which encourages reflection, sharing of best practice and application of theory into the work context.

Throughout the course we consider questions of strategic alignment, inclusion and engagement. Participants will gain competence and confidence in implementing effective strategy which helps the organisation meet its objectives.

The programme is practitioner led. Our tutors are experienced company directors who hold, at a minimum, Masters level qualifications in their field. Underpinning theory has been carefully selected from current academic research, and best practice has been selected from a combination of business and public sector insights.

Course Summary


CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership - Optional


2 Day

Delivery Method and Price:

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About Us

About the Programme

The Strategic Decision Making programme is perfect for those who are involved in and/or responsible for making senior decisions that have a strategic impact on your business.

This programme is designed to support:

  • Directors and C level executives
  • Heads of Department
  • Senior Leaders
  • Business owners

*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.*

After attending the Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving Programme, delegates will have the knowledge to:

  • Consider how personality and bias influences our decisions
  • Refine your working definition of strategy
  • Understand different approaches to formulating effective organisational vision
  • Understand different approaches to formulating effective organisational values
  • Understand options for strategic analysis
  • Define organisational culture and its impact on strategic decision making
  • Understand some of the challenges to developing and implementing strategy
  • Understand how to prioritise strategic options and decide on your course of action
  • Understand approaches to implement change in the organisation
  • Be able to identify key activities, projects, processes, milestones which measure success
  • Be able to comprise and critically evaluate a strategy
  • Define wicked problems and understand approaches to working with them
  • Understand how to develop individual and organisational resiliency


Session 1

Day 1: Vision and Strategy

Key Themes:

  • Organisational Vision & Values​
  • Define strategy​
  • Analyse strategy​
  • Analysis & Decision​
  • Use strategic planning tools​

Session 2

Day 2: Culture and Implementation

Key Themes:

  • Implementation​
  • Culture
  • Stakeholder engagement​
  • Evaluation​
  • Wicked Problems​
  • Problem Solving for Strategic Issues

The CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Leadership and Management


The CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership is designed for Directors and Senior Managers who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective performance.

This qualification requires senior and aspiring senior leaders to build on their skills in strategic management and leadership and to focus on the requirements of inter-organisational strategy. You will be required to take the theory, thought leadership and research discussed on the programme, and implement it in your professional life by focusing on your own leadership development, and positively challenging organisational strategy.

Delegates will be required to complete one 3000 - 4000 word written assignment that requires taught theory to be applied to the strategic organisational context:

  • Unit 704: Developing organisational strategy


As part of your course fee, you are given free and unlimited access to post-classroom tutorials. These are organised monthly and run by CMI qualified tutors to help guide learners through the assignment writing phase.

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.

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.

Alex Firmin

Alex Firmin


Alex is an experienced and dedicated education consultant and trainer. His core skillset is the design and delivery of engaging personal and professional development programmes. He is adaptable and comfortable working at any level in the organisation, from front line leaders to the Board.

Prior to working in consultancy Alex was an army officer (making it to Major). A natural diplomat, Alex studied Pashto (the language of Southern Afghanistan) and held a leadership role in supporting reconstruction and development, primarily in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Alex supported the development and delivery of the army’s global Security, Leadership and Strategy programme, and later worked to establish the curriculum for Afghanistan’s Officer Training Academy, in Kabul.

Alex has built a consultancy business and delivered a diverse portfolio of organisational development projects. He works across all sectors and his clients include the NHS, NATO, Barnardo’s, Home Bargains, a variety of Academy Trusts and schools, and many smaller businesses and charities. Alex has worked closely with the Chartered Management Institute, and routinely lectures on MBA and Director Development programmes for the Universities of York, Chester, and East London. Alex maintains a high level of currency and is currently developing programmes focussing on Distributed Leadership, and Managing Neurodivergent Colleagues.

Alex holds three Master’s degrees: Educational Innovation, Psychology, and Occupational Psychology. He is married to Katherine and has two children and two Labradors.

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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Is this course right for you?

  • Learn the principles of strategic decision making
  • Apply proven strategic processes to your organisational context
  • Develop a strategic decision-making framework for your organisation
  • Identify your own personality type and working preferences
  • Improve your ability to make complex decisions
  • Learn how to evaluate and manage associated risks and uncertainty


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