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Great Strategy in Uncertain Times

Online Workshop

IoD Essentials Workshop Series

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Professor Simon Haslam

Professor Simon Haslam, Chartered Director, and Director, FMR Research Ltd.

This online workshop on 'Great Strategy in Uncertain Times' will be led by Professor Simon Haslam, Chartered Director, and Director, FMR Research Ltd.  This workshop is part of the IoD Essentials Workshop Series.

What Do I Gain from this Workshop?

  • An appreciation of the limits of classic strategy models and how today’s turbulent times have changed strategy.
  • An understanding of the main reasons why strategic decisions can go wrong.
  • Insight into the psychology and biases at work in decision making, and how to mitigate their effects.
  • An exploration of the ‘discovery led’ approach to strategic decision making, the recommended approach for strategic decision making in contemporary organisations.
  • A checklist of ideas for individual leaders and their organisations to help improve strategic decision making. 

In this workshop, Professor Simon Haslam will take participants through the following key elements: 

  • Is strategy possible in extreme conditions?
  • The role of strategy when organisations face uncharted waters.
  • The practicalities and approaches to simultaneously addressing the task of keeping your organisation viable.
  • How to realise value in uncertainty.
  • What great strategy looks like in practice?
  • The 'discovery led’ approach: the three parts and the process.
  • 'Top down’ and ‘Middle out’: the two types of strategic decisions.
  • Biases and heuristics in strategic decisions.
  • Implications for directors.
  • Implications for organisations.

Workshop material is prepared by the presenter and produced by the IoD wholly and exclusively for use by workshop participants. Please note that workshop material will be provided in soft copy to all participants.

Professor Simon Haslam

Professor Simon Haslam

Chartered Director, and Director, FMR Research Ltd.

Professor Simon Haslam CDir is a Chartered Director (CDir) and is the Director and co-owner of a strategy research and consulting firm, FMR Research Ltd, and of the Consulting Mastered online platform. Simon is also the Programme Lead for Strategy at the Institute of Directors UK. In addition, he is the non-executive Chairman of a transport business. Simon has worked in the consulting sector in Ireland for 20 years. His firm has clients across the private, public and third sectors from SMEs to global brands.

Simon has an MBA from Durham University Business School and a PhD from Strathclyde Business School. He is a visiting Professor at Durham where he leads the Strategic Management module of its Global MBA programme. His book, Strategic Decision Making: A Discovery-Led Approach to Critical Choices in Turbulent Times, co-written with Dr Ben Shenoy, was published by Kogan Page in 2018. 


  • Please note you will need an active microphone and camera to be able to interact in this workshop.
  • To attend this workshop, please book and pay via the ‘Book Now’ button above.

Workshop Costs

  • IoD members - €225 ex VAT
  • Non-members - €275 ex VAT

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment. Cancellations and a full refund will be accepted if received in writing to training@iodireland.ie by 5pm on Thursday 17th November 2022. After this date, no refund will be possible, and all fees will be forfeited in the event of a cancellation or non-attendance.

Group Bookings

If you would like to make a group booking, please contact the IoD Training Team on training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.


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Accessing the Link to Join the Workshop

  • When you register to attend, you will receive a confirmation email to confirm your booking. In this confirmation email, you can choose to add this workshop to your calendar, where you can then also access the direct link to join the workshop on its start date. Please note you will need to confirm your details when you click this link.
  • All registered attendees will also receive a joining instruction email closer to the date of the workshop. This email will contain your registration link to access the workshop. Please note you will need to confirm your details when you click this link.

Workshop Platform Information: Zoom

  • This Workshop will take place via the online platform Zoom. Please download Zoom to your system before the workshop to ensure you can view the webinar.
  • We would ask all registered attendees to do a test of the Zoom platform in advance to ensure it works for them. To do this, please click on the following Zoom Test page. If you need any further support, please visit the Zoom support page for more information.
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Contact Information

For all queries relating to the IoD Training Programme, please contact training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.