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Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap - Virtual
14 Instructional Hours

Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap - Virtual

Translate strategy into meaningful measurable results

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Closing the Strategy-Execution Gap - Virtual

About the program

Today, fewer than half of organizations declare they are successful at achieving strategic objectives. 30 years ago, the success rate was 90%.

What’s changed? And more importantly, how can you beat the odds to move beyond planning and actually make things happen?

Most leaders agree that the environment is increasingly challenging to navigate. But there’s more to it than that. Organizations have become enamoured with planning, without equal emphasis on the execution of the resulting strategy.

This program instills a new mindset surrounding execution, defining it as a complex organizational leadership capability that can be measured and managed as a corporate competency. You will learn to drive results by establishing a comprehensive execution plan, and leave the program prepared to establish a significant competitive advantage by turning best-laid plans into real business results.

Dynamic virtual classroom

Participate in the program from anywhere. Our online learning platform combines live, interactive video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.

In this program you will learn to:

  • Focus your vision and strategy around what is critical right now
  • Separate execution from tactics and position it as a complex organizational leadership capability
  • Differentiate vertical and horizontal execution and best practices for integrating them
  • Understand the value of execution and how it differs from strategic planning
  • Diagnose your own execution barriers and how to measure execution performance
  • Identify and prepare for the opportunities and challenges in the changing business environment 

Who should attend

This program is designed for managers and business professionals in all functional areas who are charged with executing elements of the company’s strategic plan. The program is specifically designed for leaders and managers directly responsible for delivering key performance outcomes, increasing organizational profitability, and eager to learn about modern methods for enhancing productivity, minimizing waste, and improving the execution culture of the organization.

This program is designated an approved recertification program by the HRPA.

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For participants who are already Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, 15 Category B Professional Development Units (15 PDUs) will be earned by completing this program.

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Discounts Available

Registered Charities

Queen’s Executive Education is pleased to offer a limited number of discounted seats in every program to employees of Canadian registered charities. Check your eligibility to receive a registered charity discount

Volume Discounts

Queen’s Executive Education is pleased to offer a 15% discount for organizations that pre-pay for five or more seats on any of our programs within a 12-month period. Check your eligibility to receive a volume discount

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Personal Benefits

  • Shift your mindset for execution from tactics to an organizational leadership capability
  • Enhance critical thinking skills needed to execute complex strategies
  • Increase the success of corporate initiatives and projects
  • Develop process planning and optimization skills
  • Recognize the constraints and challenged resources conditions blocking value creation and understand new ways to improve those conditions
  • Lead organizational change towards the next organizational business model

Organizational Benefits

  • Improve your organization’s effectiveness to drive results by creating a comprehensive execution plan
  • Measure execution key performance indicators (KPIs) at your organization using a proprietary diagnostic tool. This tool will also identify your most salient execution barriers
  • Learn how to improve collaboration across organizational silos
  • Realign priorities in an environment of resource limitations
  • Build a sense of evolving customer needs and economic conditions towards developing an organization that is well-prepared for the next "normal"
  • Enable operations more effectively in challenged conditions

Program content

The program leverages the educational power of multiple teaching tools, including class discussions, exchange of ideas and perspectives with faculty and fellow participants. Participants will also have the benefit of using a proprietary assessment tool that quantifies the Cost of Execution (COEx) or 'drag' on execution performance and compares it to other organizations in your industry.

Day 1:

Strategy Integration – The Starting Gate to Execution

  • An introduction to the Strategy-Leadership-Execution model, highlighting the Execution Gap that exists in most organizations
  • Unpack execution as a complex organizational leadership capability
  • Discuss common barriers that get in the way of driving performance
  • Reframe your perspective using a new model of Integrative Execution Leadership that includes designing, aligning, and ventilating the strategy for execution
  • Apply the new model using a public sector case study

Exercise: Built To Execute

  • Prioritize key barriers standing in the way of your execution improvement plan
  • Uncover modern approaches to improving your execution capability
  • Discover your organization's execution improvement plan
  • Create a 90-day action plan to put into play when you return to work

Day 2:

Lean & Enabling Execution – Prioritizing and Allocating Resources 

  • Reflect on the true abundance of resources that exist within your organization
  • Discuss how a lack of focus on important initiatives is often the execution bottleneck that requires the most attention
  • Learn the fundamentals of 'Lean', including methods to prioritize scarce resources against your organization's most important strategic objectives

Tactical Execution – Selling the Plan and Aligning the Organization

  • Connect your organization's strategy and vision to specific projects and the work that creates long-term value
  • Learn how to align specific projects to measurable, attainable goals
  • Discuss how to ensure execution continues even in changing and unpredictable environments

Dynamic Virtual Classroom

Participate in the program from anywhere. Our online learning platform combines live, interactive video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.

Our learning platform is fully encrypted, allowing you to connect securely from home, office or anywhere in between.

Virtual programs are designed to fit within your schedule, allowing you to learn new skills and immediately put them to work.

Please note: Our Executive Education Virtual Classroom leverages Zoom for content delivery and participation collaboration. Please consult with your IT administrator if you have any concerns about platform access or setup requirements.

This program is available in an alternate format: View in-person program

Session Leaders

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

A world in which technology enables businesses to prosper, employees to thrive, and a culture for driving results to flourish is the vision behind Kathryn Brohman’s thought leadership in sustainable execution.

An Associate professor at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Kathryn has co-authored several books that focus on how today’s organizations can navigate business practices to drive short-term results without compromising long-term success. Her most recent book entitled SHIFT: A New Mindset for Sustainable Execution presents results from her work with over 750+ organizations that helped translate strategy into action. The book provides a pragmatic approach to identifying salient execution barriers, filling gaps to stabilize an execution backbone, and removing distractions to seamlessly adapt to change.

Since arriving at Queen’s University in 2003, Kathryn has pioneered programs in Strategy Execution and Digital Transformation across MBA and executive programs. She has worked with hundreds of organizations in North America to translate strategy into action. Kathryn has received multiple funding grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as well as the Ontario Research Foundation and published her work in premier journals including MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Communications of the ACM.

Barry Cross is an expert and thought leader in innovation, execution and operations strategy. He joined Smith School of Business after nearly 20 years in the automotive and manufacturing sectors with Magna Autosystems and DuPont, where he led many key strategic initiatives, including nearly 30 program launches in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Barry speaks and consults widely in the areas of Lean Innovation, Strategy, Projects and Execution, enabling organizations to create sustainable value for their customers. He is the bestselling author of three books, including Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization, and several Most Read articles.

Upcoming Sessions

Session Date Sep 18 to 19, 2024  - Module 1 Sep 25 to 26, 2024  - Module 2 View detailed schedule
Location Virtual Classroom
Program Fees $2,900 CAD (plus applicable taxes)
Session Date Feb 3 to 4, 2025  - Module 1 Feb 10 to 11, 2025  - Module 2 View detailed schedule
Location Virtual Classroom
Program Fees $2,900 CAD (plus applicable taxes)

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