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Director Development

Why Strategies Fail

Course details

CPD Points





1.5 hours

Course Overview

There are many reasons for companies to get into trouble, but issues relating to strategies always feature. Be it the wrong strategy to begin with or weak and poor execution, this is inevitably a contributing factor.

Course Content

This 90 minutes masterclass will explore this concept in more detail and will cover the following:

  • Why businesses fail or get into difficulties
  • Why do Boards often follow the "wrong" strategy
  • Lack of understanding of what strategy really is
  • Strategic risks not fully understood and/or appreciated
  • How to incorporate strategic risks in the risk register
  • Board malfunction and poor decision making
  • Leadership and behaviour issues
  • Weak execution and strategic obstacles
  • Implementation blockages
  • Inadequate measurements and poor strategic monitoring
  • Numerous case studies will be used as part of this workshop

Course Benefits

Corporate insolvencies are an inevitable feature of capitalism. Companies will always fail, or get into serious difficulties, irrespective of the prevailing economic conditions.

Next Steps

If you would like to book a place on this course please click on the ‘Book Online’ button to the right of this page and login or register to complete the booking form. Alternatively, please click on the ‘Booking Form’ button, download and complete the form and return it to us at [email protected]

If no date is scheduled for this course at the present time please click on the ‘Register Interest’ button and fill in your details so that we can add you to our course interest register. This register allows us to contact our tutors and finalise dates for a course as soon as we have a few people who have expressed their interest, so the more delegates who register their interest, the sooner we can schedule a particular course.

Course Tutor

  • Jean Pousson

    Jean Pousson is one of the senior IoD consultants and covers finance, strategy and the Diploma programme. He is also a director of Board Evaluation Limited

    Jean previously held the position of Director of Studies at the TSB Group Management College before spending two years in the City of London with DC Gardner & Company (now Euromoney plc) as Assistant Director, Corporate Banking delivering training courses for banks on credit worldwide. His banking career at Barclays Bank spanned 15 years and within the last five years he occupied various management positions within retail and corporate banking.

    For the last 32 years, Jean has lectured and consulted on issues of strategic planning and implementation, credit risk and finance to an international client base consisting of financial services organisations, SME’s, multinationals, charities, housing associations, professional firms and public sector bodies.

    As well as maintaining his own client base (Jean Pousson and Associates was founded in 1994) he also speaks regularly at Vistage, the San Diego based, Chief Executive network which is the largest in the world, and to programmes run by The Chartered Institute of Credit Management. He was voted lecturer of the year in 2013 and 2018 for UK Finance the professional body of the Asset Finance Industry. In a typical year Jean will work with over 600 directors and about 8 to 10 Boards.

    He has a B.Comm degree from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), is a Chartered Member of The Institute of Bankers in South Africa(CAIBSA), received a distinction of the joint Barclays/University of Witwatersrand Senior Management Programme(a nine month long executive programme) and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from The University of Warwick(1996). He also holds the IoD’s Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction

Upcoming Courses

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