Understand effective business strategy and the fundamental skills needed to formulate, implement and review it in the context of your organisation.


Boards and Executives are charged with determining the future focused, big-picture strategy for an organisation. The true value of this directive is not in the theoretical paper-based strategy but in the effectiveness of the delivery - the implementation and execution. Often we end up with diluted Business Plans and to-do lists rather than robust organisation strategies that can deliver an organisations vision (i.e. misguided focus on tactics).

The facilitator of Strategy, Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, has worked with numerous organisations within and beyond New Zealand on Strategy and Foresight and will help you understand the key components to its success.

By the end of Strategy you will have a clear understanding of:

  • What is Strategy
  • Why Strategy fails
  • How to use Strategy daily
  • How to handle emergent strategies and business as usual
  • How to communicate Strategy
  • When a Strategy is no longer working

Melissa has developed an effective "Strategy on a Page" tool that is invaluable to organisations of any size wanting to nail their true purpose and provide an effective framework to deliver it. You will be able to download, take away and customise this "Strategy on a Page" for your organisation.

What to expect during the programme

The participant of Strategy would usually:

  • Have strategic imperatives to deliver
  • Be the business owner or a high level decision maker
  • Own a key performance area budget
  • Lead a middle to senior management team
  • Be seeking a framework to delivering the organisations vision

Strategy will be a highly interactive combination of workshopping on learning. There will be some pre-work, which will help with focusing on how to embed foresight into your Leadership Practice.

You will also receive a suggested reading and resource list should you wish to further your strategy journey following the workshop.


  • Why have a Strategy?
  • What type of Strategy will work for us?
  • Preparing for Strategy - Foresight and Insight
  • The difference between Purpose and Role
  • The Programme Logic of your Strategy
  • Communicating the Strategy
  • Effectively Executing Strategy
  • What approach to Innovation is best for us - Sustaining or Disruptive?
  • Aligning People, Culture, Processes and Strategy
  • Monitoring the Strategy
  • When is it time to change our Strategy?
  • Innovation verse current business demands

Return for your investment

You will approach the programmes with a clear and personal objective, often based on a current situation or environment. Our role is to assess it and support you to take a learning journey that goes far beyond where you are today.

Your fee covers tuition, materials, programme catering and activities. No payment is required until you have been accepted onto the programme.


Our faculty are leaders in their field and deliver best practice in leadership frameworks. They will draw upon personal and professional success and leverage global research to help you develop new skills and capabilities that make an immediate visible difference when you return to your organisation.

Additional details

To apply

Complete the application form online or contact for a printable copy. The application form must be completed in full for your application to be considered.

Payment is not required until you have been accepted into the programme.

Please contact us for further information on how to book on 03 341 7700 or email

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Please see full terms and conditions and cancellation and refund policy for this programme.

For further information or assistance, phone People Leaders on 03 341 7700 or email


The programme will be held at Leadership House, 245 Blenheim Rd, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

No travel or accommodation is included in the programme investment.