Strategic Planning and Leading Change
2-Day Program

Strategic Planning and Leading Change

Establish the winning conditions for successful strategic planning and organizational change

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Strategic Planning and Leading Change

About the program

Your organization's strategic plan is its game plan for change. This highly practical program is led by Canada's two leading practitioners in the subject, each with extensive change leadership experience across industries.

This session will enable you to develop and implement a focused and action-oriented strategic plan to drive successful change and, more importantly, establish the conditions for long-term success.

A new framework for change

Today's fast-paced business environment renders much of the conventional wisdom surrounding managing change outdated, and in some cases, downright dangerous. It's no surprise that most attempts at organizational changes (culture change, integrating acquisitions, launching new products, or integrating new IT platforms) end in failure.

To beat the odds, it is imperative to establish the winning conditions. This Program will help you identify and implement these very elements – guidance, speed and momentum – and develop the execution plan to drive their implementation.

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Establish the winning conditions for successful organizational change
  • Diagnose the challenges associated with organizational change
  • Create a game plan for change

Available via live, in-person delivery

Attend the program in an immersive, in-person environment at SmithToronto, located in the heart of Toronto's downtown financial district at 200 Front Street West.

Who should attend

This program is designed for business professionals, managers, and leaders who are looking for fresh perspectives on strategy and embracing and implementing change.

You might also be interested in: Strategy, Execution, and Leadership

CCDI Partnership

CCDI

Smith School of Business is an Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Personal benefits

  • Learn how to recognize the need for change in your organization or department
  • Move from awareness to tangible change outcomes
  • Define the essential tools for implementing change
  • Discover how to realign resources appropriately through an organizational change

Organizational benefits

  • Gain knowledge on how to form and deliver an effective change strategy
  • Be better positioned for successful change initiatives

The program is divided into two themes:

Creating the Strategic Plan for Change

  • Correctly diagnosing your specific change challenge
  • Designing your planning process to maximize buy-in to and understanding of the changes you need to make
  • Creating an executable game plan, one that drives accountability, effort, and results
  • Aligning resources and activities to demonstrable and tangible outcomes

Establishing the Winning Conditions for Success

  • Using project management techniques and discipline to enable implementation
  • Communicating your ‘change’ story
  • Understanding what it takes to effectively lead change efforts
  • Creating speed and establishing momentum around change efforts
  • Leveraging the ‘human flywheel’ to its fullest

In-Person Learning

Learn alongside fellow participants from across the country, discovering best practices that span industries and sectors.

Our in-person programs include classroom learning sessions led by award-winning Smith School of Business professors and industry experts. Practice new skills in breakout sessions, projects and simulations, and apply your learning toward real-world case studies.

SmithToronto

SmithToronto is located on the 30th floor, 200 Front Street West in the heart of Canada's financial centre and is easily accessible by GO, subway and the PATH system.

Smith School of Business delivers many programs and classes at SmithToronto and it is home to the Master of Finance, Master of Management Analytics, and Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence programs. The site includes classrooms, meeting rooms, staff offices, special events spaces, and a variety of multi-media presentation systems.

As well, it includes three Boardroom Learning Centres with fully interactive videoconference capabilities. These rooms are used to deliver classes for Smith’s Executive and Accelerated MBA programs.

This program is available in an alternate format: View virtual 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.

Elspeth Murray has served as the Associate Dean - MBA and Masters Programs since 2012, and has been a professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business since 1996. She also holds the CIBC Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, and founded Smith's Centre for Business Venturing. Prior to joining Smith, she worked in industry for 7 years for several firms including IBM, and Canadian Tire. As an integral part of her work in the strategy and new venture fields, Dr. Murray specializes in the management of change. In 2002, she co-authored a best-selling book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, Oxford University Press, with Dr. Peter Richardson. She has recently co-developed (with Dr. David Saunders) the Analytics Climate Assessment Tool (ACAT), which is used to assess organizations technological capacity, skill sets, and analytics culture. Current research is focused on best practices in leading and managing change to create an analytics culture.

Dr. Murray teaches on many MBA and Executive Education programs, and consults widely with a diversity of firms including BMW, Detour Gold, Wawanesa Insurance, Versacold Logistics and the Auditor General for Canada. She serves as a Director for several firms and is an advisor to several start-ups and CEO's. Dr. Murray received an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics, and an MBA, both from Queen's University. Her doctorate in Strategy and Management Information Systems was completed at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Peter Richardson is a leading expert in corporate turnarounds and an authority on strategic management and the management of innovation. His strategic approach to cost management and margin improvement has been widely adopted by industry. During his years at Smith School of Business, Peter has authored over 75 papers and case studies on strategic management. With Elspeth Murray, he co-authored Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days. A previous book, Cost Containment: The Ultimate Strategic Advantage, remains one of the few books to be written on cost improvement. He consults widely for many organizations including BHP Billiton, Alcoa, CIBC Mellon, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Auditor General of Canada, and Natural Resources Canada, working closely with senior executives on strategy development and deployment.

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