Strategy Essentials

Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of strategy development from the board’s perspective.

8 CPD points

As a director, one of your roles is to participate in a meaningful way in the formulation of organisational strategy. This course will help you to actively participate in this process, encourage ‘big picture’ thinking, and steer your organisation to a better future.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: One day, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Content covered

  • What strategy is (and isn’t)
  • The role of the board in developing strategy
  • The impacts of strategy and the benefits of strategic planning
  • Formulation and development processes and how strategy is communicated
  • Evaluating strategy

Who should attend?

Aspiring or new directors embarking on a governance career and senior executives who want to interact with their board more effectively.


​Members: $850 incl GST
Non-members: $1,080 incl GST

Not a member? Join online now to receive the member rate.

A 10% discount is available if you are booking this course under the Essentials of Directorship package.


“The value of this course lies in the tools provided to step a board through the strategic planning review process.” – testimonial from a Strategy Essentials attendee

Our facilitators

Strategy Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below.

  • Peter Crow BTech (Hons), PhD, CMInstD

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    Peter advises boards internationally on corporate purpose, strategy, corporate governance and board effectiveness. He is also an experienced director and chairman, principally of privately-held companies and social enterprises. Appointments have included the boards of Tracmap, EnergySmart, Hutt International Boys’ School and the Baptist Union of New Zealand, amongst others. His doctoral thesis explored board influence on firm performance.

  • Murray Strong MInstD

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    Murray is an independent chairman and professional director. He currently holds governance and advisory roles in both the public and private sector including CERA, the Ministry of Education and the TSB Trust and is actively involved in the Christchurch rebuild as the independent chairman of three of the anchor projects. He has held a variety of Crown appointed roles, including Crown Commissioner and as a director on Crown entities. He has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors over the last 20 years. He's also actively involved in TEDx in both Queenstown and Christchurch as MC and speaker coach and speaks regularly on leadership in a range of executive programmes.

  • Brendon O’Connor MInstD

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    Brendon is a director of O’Connor Sinclair, a management consulting and advisory firm providing advice in strategy, performance and governance for clients in local and central government. He has a background as a CEO and in senior commercial and marketing positions across a range of sectors including professional services, professional and community sport and transport/ tourism. He is on the board of Sport Auckland. Brendon has a particular interest in the processes of strategy formulation and execution.