2-Day Program

Project Leadership

Managing projects to exceed objectives and minimize risk

About the program

This interactive 2-day program will enable you to create an adaptive project environment and to effectively lead a project organization.

Led by two pioneers in the field of Project Leadership, this program connects the organization’s strategy and direction to the projects that will bring that vision to life.

More than 2/3 of all projects 'fail' by the traditional definitions. Firms able to successfully launch new services and products gain a significant strategic advantage.

This Program will enable you to:

  • Effectively lead new initiatives from initiation to delivery
  • Establish a supportive and responsible culture that promotes effective project oversight
  • Permeate awareness and visibility of projects throughout the organization
  • Recognize early signs of missed deliverables, and react to prevent a full blown crisis
  • Establish appropriate project controls that help steer projects to success
  • Establish accountability through effective project leadership
  • Build synergy and promote learning across projects
  • Understand the barriers related to project delivery and effectively prioritize organizational resources to overcome those barriers

Who should attend

This program is designed for executives and leaders charged with deploying change strategies and/or launching new products or services. The program is especially intended for:

  • Vice Presidents, Directors or Managers of Operations
  • Engineering, IT/MIS, Development, and R&D.

High potential managers and junior executives will also benefit from attending this program.

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.

You might also be interested in: Strategy, Execution, or Strategic Analytics

Personal benefits

  • Become a more effective project executive or sponsor
  • Manage project organizations to meet or exceed expectations
  • Implement best practices to overcome project obstacles and manage risk
  • Appreciate the uncertainty associated with strategic projects
  • Increase project visibility and priority across the organization to overcome that uncertainty

Organizational benefits

  • Increase the success rate of major projects
  • Create organizational synergies between project groups and other departments
  • Establish an execution culture that permeates the entire organization
  • Know when and how to kill projects
  • Getting value from the Project Management Office

This 2-day program will integrate dynamic case studies, business situations and facilitator-led discussions.

Core topics include:

  • Differentiating Project Leadership from Project Management
  • The Paradox of Project Control
  • Project metrics and ‘Celebrating the Reds’ on Status Reports
  • Getting Value from the Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Strategic Portfolio Management
  • Creating a Compelling Vision
  • Project Visibility and Motivating the Team – creating a project spirit to inspire energy, excitement and commitment to the project
  • Project Acceleration
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Leadership Style and Team Culture
  • Execution – applying project tools to managing the operating plan

Program architects Kathryn Brohman and Barry Cross are co-authors of Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization.

Associate professor at Smith School of Business, Dr. Brohman has led the development of the project leadership and strategy execution curricula since she arrived at Queen’s University in 2003. She is the co-author of Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization and forthcoming book entitled Sustainable Execution: A New Mindset for Transforming Strategy into Results.

Dr. Brohman's leading edge work combines practice with theory to explore ways organizations can leverage technology to promote organizational ambidexterity with a specific focus in healthcare. She is currently working on the Ontario Health Links initiative and is the lead evaluator for the Community Paramedicine Remote Patient Monitoring (CPRPM) program.

Her research has been published in premier journals and she is recognized as the thought leader in digital connectedness. Kathryn collaborates with a number of organizations including the Canada Health Infoway, Local Health Integration Networks, Molson Coors, Bell Canada, 3M, UPS, Delta Airlines, and TripIt.com. Kathryn is an active board member of the Belleville Quinte West Community Healthcare Centre overseeing their regional strategy for integrated and coordinated care.

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 product 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 the forthcoming Simple: Killing Complexity for a Lean and Agile Organization.

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Upcoming Sessions

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Smith School of Business Toronto Campus
    200 Front Street West, Suite 3020
  • Mar 21 to Mar 22
  • Nov 15 to Nov 16


$3,300 CAD (plus applicable taxes)