Open Program

Management Development Program

Gain a well-rounded set of skills to get your leadership career started on a successful footing.

This intensive five-day general management program focuses on the specific areas where managers need practical support.


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Management Development Program

Upcoming Dates

12 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017

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25 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017

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Program Overview

Based on leading research and practice, the program is completely immersive. You gain rare and valuable time to focus entirely on yourself, reflect on your self-development, and create an action plan to apply back at work.

You will learn:

  • How to manage yourself and others
  • How to lead and motivate teams to excellence
  • Understand how strategy, marketing and finance interrelate
  • Enhance your people skills
  • Optimise your management style

Content and Structure


Pre-program, you will have some initial reading to do and you will undertake an SDI® self-assessment questionnaire to identify your personal strengths and preferences and how these relate to those of your colleagues. It will help you understand how to use your strengths effectively to improve your working or personal relationships with others.

Residential Phase

The program combines a study of proven frameworks for best business management practice with experiential learning, in a supportive environment. You practise a range of effective management skills in team exercises as well as in role play situations with actors. You apply everything you learn to your own work situation through reflection and discussion.

The program is built around a framework of people, processes and performance, covering the following topics:


  • Define an effective manager: knowledge, skills, attitudes and authenticity
  • You and others: develop enhanced awareness of your own motivations and those of others; manage your emotions; build productive relationships; influence peers, team members or bosses
  • Build a high performance team: understand team roles and interaction; make effective team decisions; empower and motivate team members


  • Comprehend marketing essentials: recognise the importance of customer value
  • Manage yourself: time management; delegation; running effective meetings; presentation skills; personal impact and practical problem-solving
  • Manage the performance of others: diagnose problems and practise productive performance conversations; work with ‘difficult’ people and conflict situations


  • Strategy: understand the big picture and your role in it
  • Financial thinking: understand finance fundamentals and cost and profit drivers

You bring together this learning in a group business simulation activity which integrates your new skills in people, processes and performance. You will then develop an action plan for specific issues in your workplace.


After the program you will keep a learning diary to record your progress, concerns and any questions. Tutors then focus on key points from your diary to prompt discussion in a virtual follow-up session six weeks after the residential phase.

You are also given continued access to your online program portal and Virtual Ashridge content for six months after your residential stay. 

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Participant Feedback

“The program was excellent, it has been one of the most fulfilling and positive experiences of my recent career. The tutors were superb, the venue is beautiful and the whole ‘package’ is incredible.”

Mike Sanders, Operations Director, Intouch with Health

 “Don’t be afraid or put off by the stature and name, this is THE course to develop yourself as a manager.”

Matthew Fisher, Regional Operations Manager, Afi-Uplift Ltd

“The course has a brilliant mix of tools and techniques to use back at the office alongside a real focus on relationships. The tutors are amazing, really helpful and knowledgeable and you’re well looked after at Ashridge.” 

Jayne Consadine, R & PD Manager, NCFE

“An excellent, focused week of management learning. I now have the confidence and tools to really improve my leadership role.”

Heather Reading, Client Director, Insocius

“I have been in sales for 10 years and in management for 3 years. Ashridge is the best training I have attended. All staff are approachable, professional and knowledgeable.”

Craig Waldron, Head of Sales, Connect Vending Ltd

“Fantastic week with wide program content and knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff.”

Geoff Boadle, FP&A Manager, JTI UK

Program fee

Price: £5,500.00 + VAT
What is included in your open program fee?

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Who is it for?

You are likely to be:
  • New to management
  • Moving from functional or technical specialism into team management responsibilities
  • In a team management role and seeking to develop your effectiveness, and broaden  your business expertise

Benefits to you and your organization

When you leave the Management Development Program you will:

  • Be a more credible manager with increased business acumen and greater self-confidence
  • Be able to see the big picture: how strategy, marketing and finance interrelate and impact each other
  • Know how to relate your own management style to the organization
  • Be able to manage yourself: becoming a more confident presenter, managing meetings, giving clear direction and delegating effectively
  • Be able to manage others: delegating, managing performance managing conflict and dealing with difficult people
  • Be an authentic manager able to influence without authority at all levels within your organization

Faculty Team

Stephan Schubert

Stephan Schubert


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Angela Jowitt

Angela Jowitt

BSc (Hons) Psychol, MSc

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Bob Stilliard

Bob Stilliard

BSc (Econ), CertEd, ACMA

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Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson

BA (Oxon), MBA

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Pam Jones

Pam Jones

BA (Hons), MBA

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Barbara Banda

Barbara Banda

BA, MSc, MBA, D.Phil (Oxon)

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