Systemic Strategic Leadership Practice – November 2017


Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PH

Concepts and practices for designing, facilitating and sustaining systemic strategic change - for managers, leaders and consultants

From 9:30 until 16:30

At Elm Grove Conference Centre, Roehampton University

Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PH

£590. For registrations prior to September 30, 2017, the early bird fee of £490 applies.

The Systemic Development Partnership /


Conventional approaches to strategic development are informed by linear reasoning, emphasising the formulation of goals, the development of strategic plans and clear communication of the plan to the organisation.  Strategic decision making and change is consequently often associated with power, control and resistance.  However the word ‘strategy’ originally relates to the words ‘act’ and ‘agent’. How might strategic change processes facilitate coordinated action, positioning organisational and team members for successmaximising potential for creative collective agency?

With an aim to make strategy development more inclusive, robust, effective and humane, this workshop on Strategic Systemic Leadership Practice is for managers, leaders and consultants who

  • appreciate that work with strategic change and development requires both, mastery of analytical tasks and linear processes, as well as dialogic skills and sensibilities for engagement, coordination, communication design and shared meaning making.
  • are interested to leverage strategic challenges as opportunities to facilitate collective agency, through inclusive engagement of organisational members and their interests, abilities and resources.
  • wish to learn of practical frameworks that link up conventional knowledge of strategic development with dialogical wisdom, systemic leadership sensibilities and participatory practices.
  • are interested in practice related learning, including learning from case vignettes presented by facilitators, working with their own work situation and with the cases of other participants in the workshop.

Learning aims

In this three day workshop participants will

  • Engage with strategic challenges relevant to their management and consultancy contexts
  • Appreciate living strategy as a moral context for coordination and action
  • Understand strategic development as a collaborative, dialogical, ethical and imaginative achievement
  • Experience a strategic planning framework inclusive of modern and post-modern perspectives
  • Develop specific actions for strategic leadership in management and consultancy contexts
  • Develop specific reflections and actions for their leadership situations in relation to relevant practice contexts

There will be a pre-workshop questionnaire for participants to explore systemic strategic challenges in their leadership or consulting context.

To facilitate dialogue and learning the number of participants is limited to 16.


Day 1

  • Strategic planning introduced in the wider context of an inclusive systemic leadership model
  • Participant inquiry into own system, purposes, network of communication, strategic challenge (based on pre-workshop questionnaire)
  • Development of a reflexive and appreciative critique of strategic planning and positioning in participants organisations
  • Participant aim formulation [Define]

Day 2

  • Mapping of resources available and useful to participants [Discover]
  • Domains theory and leadership
  • The 6D Strategy Process and resources
  • Participants map opportunities and dilemmas for strategic development or strategic consulting [Dream]

Day 3

  • Ethical decision making
  • Determining contexts and relationships relevant to participants’ decision making [Decide]
  • Progression in connection with aims – emergent learning to be developed [Design & Deliver]
  • Developing a consultation system for closing the gap on learning

Theoretical foundations

  • Systemic and social constructionist theory of communication (CMM)
  • Dialogic organisational development approaches
  • Classical theory of strategic decision making and process design
  • Appreciative and reflexive inquiry
  • Social learning theory
  • Ethical frameworks for decision making


Dr. Christine Oliver and Dr. Martin Miksits


Elm Grove Conference Centre - Systemic Strategic Leadership Practice - Workshop, April 24-26, 2017, London

The Elm Grove Conference Centre is situated at the main campus of the University of Roehampton, just a five minute bus ride from Barnes mainline station and minutes from the A3. There are also regular bus services from Putney, Wimbledon and Hammersmith which all have underground stations direct to central London. This location is within easy reach of Heathrow airport and has a number of car parking spaces available on site.

Location Map – Elm Grove Conference Centre, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PH

Elm Grove Conference Centre - Systemic Strategic Leadership Practice



Please note that Elm Grove is a 15 minute walk from Barnes train
station or if you prefer :

  • Take a bus by exiting the station crossing over the bridge
    towards Roehampton the 72 or 265 bus stops are on the left
    of the road.
  • Alight at Roehampton University Main Entrance bus stop;
    walk up towards the traffic lights, cross over the road. The
    main gate is straight in front of you.
  • Enter through the gate and Elm Grove is in front of you and
    slightly to the left.

Alternatively, taxis are available at Barnes rail station situated in the station car park.

Nearest London Underground stations

Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City lines)

  • Then take 72 bus towards Roehampton

Putney Bridge (District line towards Wimbledon)

  • Then take the 265 bus towards Tolworth

Taxi services are available at these stations.

Travelling by car

Please contact us about parking, as there is limited availability on site.

Cost and Registration

The cost for the three day workshop is £590. For applications and payments received prior to September 30, 2017, a reduced early bird fee of £490 applies. This also includes coffee, tea, pastries and a gourmet sandwich lunch served with crisps and fresh fruit.

We are happy to advise on nearby accomodation for participants who are interested.

Dr Martin Miksits

Dr Christine Oliver

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