Developing Management Practice

Key facts

Programme fee:

£6,150 + VAT (including residential costs)

Programme length:

Module 1: 3 days

Module 2: 2 days

Upcoming dates

Programme Overview

Positioning you to get results with your team…

Over two short intense modules at Henley you will gain tools and strategies to manage your team to achieve more. You will cover team management skills such as:

  • Motivating individuals
  • Change management & supporting others through change
  • Performance management
  • Understanding people and relationships.

…Whilst not forgetting your own development

Recognising that managers need to simultaneously practice good team management whilst delivering on their own objectives and progression, this programme addresses personal development topics such as:

  • Self-awareness
  • Time management
  • Personal branding and networking
  • Inspirational leadership.

At every step the focus is on practical application. Pre-programme psychometrics, practical exercises and 1:1 coaching ensures individual relevance and impact throughout.

Who is Developing Management Practice for?

Managers at all levels who work with teams or projects:

  • Experienced senior managers with little/no previous management development
  • New managers transitioning from a technical or functional role.

Gain perspective, gain confidence

To achieve great results an organisation requires every employee to work hard, and to continually develop their skills, to push the business forward; managers obviously play a crucial role in making this happen, with responsibility not only for their own performance but also for that of their team.

Management is a valuable and often under-developed skill. When exceptional functional performers are promoted to management roles they are immediately required to draw on new and very different skills, including a mind-set shift from self to team. Yet it is often assumed that excellence in a functional role will directly translate to excellence in a management role, without any additional support or development.

Managing your team, managing your own progression

Time is limited and you may often feel you need to juggle your own productivity with spending time with your team. You are also balancing requirements from your manager and senior team, keeping your own motivation high and ideally planning your own next steps in the organisation.

Managing a team is an art and one quite different to the functional role you may have begun in. But this programme will give you more than management skills; this is also about fulfilling your own potential and positioning you with the confidence and resilience for your own next steps.

Programme content

This modular programme is a joint process of developing practical management skills and realising leadership soft-skills. Specifically, this programme will cover:

  • Team performance and performance management
  • Using time effectively
  • Conflict management
  • Motivating individuals
  • Understanding change and supporting others through change
  • Self-awareness
  • Personal branding and networking
  • Understanding people and relationships
  • Inspirational leadership.

Developing Management Practice is delivered through:

  • A pre-programme psychometric questionnaire (analysed during the modules)
  • Access to resources from the online learning portal
  • Evaluation and discussion of current skills/mind-set
  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Group discussion
  • Experiential techniques
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Culminating in development of a strategic personal plan.


Benefit from ongoing contact with Henley Business School through:

  • Access to resources from the online learning portal for up to 12 months
  • Henley alumni status.


For participants

You will develop essential management skills and benefit from the confidence and clarity that comes from understanding your own strengths.

See the Henley Open Programmes brochure for more learning points and outcomes.

For your organisation

Whether you elect to send one participant or make this programme an intrinsic part of your management development approach, this programme will deliver real results to your organisation.

Outcomes include:

  • More confident, self-aware, and effective managers, better able to identify personality traits within their team members and use these to successfully respond to performance management issues
  • Results-focused managers who understand the impact of their own and their team’s performance on the whole organisation
  • Engaged employees, positioned to manage their own development, and with the skills and focus to take on more responsibility successfully.

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School Greenlands

When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Offers & Discounts

Alumni discount

  • 10% discount on programme fee for Henley alumni*
  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for members of The Henley Partnership

For more information please contact

Multiple bookings

When booking multiple open programmes which are paid for upfront, the following discount structure may apply. Please enquire to discuss eligibility.

2-4 people = 10% reduction

5-9 people = 15% reduction

10+ people = 20% reduction

A 50% discount is available to employees of registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion and to confirm eligibility please contact

Please note: Only one discount can apply.

One-day HR Masterclasses do not qualify for this multiple bookings fee reduction.

* 10% discount applies only to alumni graduates of the University of Reading (not to graduates of Henley Management College)



The Henley Experience

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Experience is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.


  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Experience is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.


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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors by email at or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.