Management Reporting for Decision Making


5 days


27 Feb – 03 March      12 – 16 June    11 – 15 Sept    27 Nov – 01 Dec 2024




The Business Xchange Hub, Marco Polo House
3-5 Lansdowne Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 2BX United Kingdom

Course Overview

Management reporting and decision making are core skills for all managers and professionals.  Effective decision making depends upon having both well-presented information (be that in the form of a written report or an oral presentation) and the ability to analyse and assess that information and test the quality of the conclusions drawn.  By the same token, effective management reporting requires an understanding of the decision making process so that decision makers’ needs can be properly met with all relevant information provided in a clear, concise and objective way.

Course Objective:

  • Develop their management reporting skills so as to enhance the quality of decision making in their organisations.
  • Develop their decision making skills and take both a structured and creative approach to decision making.
  • Develop the ability to identify information needs and assess and interrogate the validity of the information and proposals presented to them.

Who should attend

This programme is specifically focused on the role of the strategic leader however will be equally useful for aspiring managers who see strategic leadership as a key development opportunity

This course can also be taken in

Accra: 19 – 23 Feb     05 – 09 June    04 – 08 Sept    04- 08 Dec 2024

Dubai:  19 – 23 Feb    13 – 17 May    22 – 26 July     23 – 27 Sept 2024

Texas: On Request

Course Content

Programme outline

Day One

The Decision Making Process and Skills

  • Programme introduction and objectives
  • The management decision  process
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Forms and forums for decision making
  • Synergy and group think in decision making
  • De  Bono’s ‘Thinking Hats’ and the decision making process

Day Two

Managing Information/ Writing Reports and Proposals

  • Information  management – what decision makers need
  • Principles of information management – filtering, scheduling and condensing
  • Sources and types of information – quantitative and qualitative
  • Features of effective reports and proposals
  • The writing process – using time efficiently
  • Clarifying objectives and decision makers needs
  • Determining relevance – what to put in and what to leave out
  • Structuring a report
  • Developing logical sequencing
  • Use of appendices, tables, diagrams and figures

Day Three

Writing Reports and Proposals (cont)/Making Presentations for Decision Making

  • Improving readability and fog factor analysis
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Getting the best from spell and grammar checks
  • Proofreading
  • Principles of effective presentations
  • Handling nerves and using notes
  • Content and structure

Day Four

Making Presentation for Decision Making (Cont)

  • Body language and voice
  • Using visual aids and stage management
  • Designing effective and impactful slides with  PowerPoint
  • Choosing words with impact – using rhetorical devices
  • Making team presentations
  • Participants’ presentations and feedback session (1)

Day Five

Committee Reporting and Decision Making

  • Participants’ presentations and feedback session (2)
  • Questioning and question handling skills
  • Building  support for ideas
  • Influencing skills and ‘political’ dimensions
  • Implementing and monitoring decisions
  • Programme review

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