Making Strategies Work in Disruptive Times

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Date of event: 7 March 2019
Event ends: 7 March 2019
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:30
Price: Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership. *Up to 4 Places*
Making Strategies Work in Disruptive Times


Although many different rates are quoted for failures in strategy implementation (a meta-analysis in the Journal of Management & Organisation shows a range of 28% to 90%!), most senior management agree that it’s often problematic to achieve the goals that are set out in their business strategies. This is highlighted by staff engagement surveys showing that fewer than 4 in 10 feel they have clarity about the direction of the business and the contribution of their role.

Why is this? Mostly it’s because ever-increasing disruption is changing the game and the environment in which we work - necessitating a clean look at how the business operates. How do you respond? If you’re feeling the pressure from disruptive innovation, and the constant pressure for the business to reinvent itself, then join this practical and pragmatic strategy session.

Key Learning Outcomes

Does your business strategy have what it takes to succeed in a market place where there are talent shortages, AI and automation, information overload and a multi-generational workforce, among other disruptive forces? During this event, we will show you how to:

  • apply strategy to create new solutions to disruptors
  • deal with conflicting and fast-changing priorities
  • create an organisation that is agile enough to deal with constant change
  • enable your staff to maximise their contributions and increase engagement
  • adapt and deploy strategies to better respond to challenges
  • develop different strategic scenarios
  • understand the value of insight
  • use strategy as a leadership tool

Event Content and Delivery Style

The session is run as a workshop, providing you with the opportunity to explore your own issues and learn from colleagues. This includes leveraging the session with pre-work that you will be asked to do.

To this end, we will discuss real-world situations and talk about examples of good and bad practice.

The real message is that everyone in the organisation has a role to play in business strategy and we will seek to understand how to engage everyone in this thought process.

Who Should Attend?

The session is ideally suited for those involved in strategy development and execution who’s senior roles dictate that they have to be more strategic in their thinking about the business, providing more focused leadership for the rest of the organisation.


The primary theme is STRATEGY and the secondary theme is LEADERSHIP.

It is relevant to the development of Strategy, Disruption, Change, Planning, Organisation, Adaptation, Trends.

THP, The Henley Partnership

Jeff Callander

Jeff Callander

As an Executive Fellow and Programme Director, Jeff Callander brings practical solutions and real-world experience to his work at Henley, where he lectures in business strategy and leadership.

Jeff initially worked in oil exploration, before then doing an MBA and subsequently working for Abbott Laboratories. For the past 25 years, Jeff has been a business strategy consultant, working across many industries and with many blue-chip companies and is an active director of an engineering company.

Having worked in over 50 countries, Jeff has truly worldwide experience. He is an IOC Certified Management Consultant, and a member of the IOD.

*Per member organisation. “Up to” indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of nomination. Nomination Forms are dealt with on a first come first served basis and a place cannot be booked or held without a fully completed and approved Nomination Form.

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For more information please contact The Henley Partnership Team by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418 855.

Getting There

Henley Business School, Greenlands Campus

Henley Business School,Greenlands,Henley-on-ThamesOxfordshire