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Strategy Execution

Breaking the Paradigm of Getting Things Done
Free Webinar
Tuesday April 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Today’s business leaders face increasing levels of complexity and uncertainty; rapid rates of change, short-term performance versus long-term viability – the task of executing strategies and major projects in today’s business environment is substantial.

Within this environment, the needs of diverse stakeholder groups – owners, customers, suppliers, employees and communities all have to be accommodated in major projects and change initiatives. 

How will you be evaluated as a manager and a business leader? It is unlikely that it will be solely through the quality of your thinking or the analysis that you will bring to bear on problems and opportunities. While these elements of a manager’s toolkit are important, it is almost certain that your evaluation will be based on results, goals achieved, significant initiatives executed, and how well you make change happen. In the end, this is what your customers are paying for. 

Join us for a free, 60-minute webinar dedicated to the essentials of managing change and ‘getting things done’.  

What will you learn? We review three key areas:

  • Aligning strategy to focus on the customer and the creation of value
  • Building execution systems to manage human capital, operational excellence, strategic planning, and performance management.
  • Leadership’s role, and building a culture of execution

Following the presentation will be time dedicated to Q&A with our speakers, aiding in the application of theoretical concepts to your real-world situations.

Mr.Barry Cross
Project Management and Lean Innovation, Smith School of Business

Barry Cross joined Queen's University in 2006 after spending 17 years in various Executive and Management positions with Magna International, Autosystems Manufacturing and DuPont.  While in Industry, Mr. Cross led many key strategic initiatives, including the development of significant projects in Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe.  He led the Project Management and Product Development activities associated with nearly 30 product launches for numerous customers, and implemented a lighting R&D team responsible for potential first-on-road technologies.  He was a member of several Company and Industry councils and steering committees, including Decoma's R&D Steering Committee and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association International Committee.

Mr. Cross now teaches at Smith School of Business at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels in Operations Management, Service Management and Project Management, with additional interest in Execution, Innovation, Lean, and Crisis Management.  At the Executive level, he speaks regularly on Innovation, Execution and Project Management.

His speaking and consulting clients include Deloitte, Conference Board of Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, LG, the Canadian Real Estate Association, Canada Post, Export Development Canada and others.

He has an MBA from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo.

Associate Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Management Information Systems

Associate professor at Smith School of Business, Kathryn had lead the development of the strategy execution, project management, and project leadership curriculums since she arrived in 2003. She is co-author of Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization. Her leading edge research explores the impact of technology on strategy execution, project leadership and service innovation and has been published in premier journals including the Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Communications of the ACM. Kathryn is currently leading a research program entitled Systems Leadership: Understanding the Value of Interactions in Healthcare that aims to improve the patient experience with a focus on better management of interactions in Canada’s healthcare system. Dr. Brohman entered academia after working with Sun Microsystems of Canada and regularly collaborates with a number of leading organizations including Dare Foods, Molson Coors, Bell Canada, Bank of Montreal, Delta Airlines, Cargill, Butterball Farms Inc., TripIt.com, Access Copyright, and Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).


Peter Richardson has been a faculty member of the School of Business for 37 years. He teaches both introductory and advanced strategy courses in the School of Business on the Executive MBA programs and on a number of the School’s one and three week Continuing Education programs.

Together with Elspeth Murray, Peter has authored a book, entitled Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, published by the Oxford University Press in 2002. An accompanying Guide was published early in 2003. Through his research and associated consulting activities, he has developed a unique concept of Strategy as Action, and has written several papers on this topic. During his 30-plus years at Queen’s University, Peter has authored over 90 papers and case studies on strategic management. In his previous book, Cost Containment: The Ultimate Strategic Advantage, one of the few books written on cost improvement, Peter described a novel strategic approach to cost improvement that has been adopted in many organizations in both the public and private sectors. At present, Peter is exploring the impact of the increasing demand for speed in business, which he believes has profound implications for organization change, strategy implementation, risk management and organization processes.  

Peter consults widely with both public and private sector organizations, working closely for extended periods with senior executives on strategy development and deployment. Corporate clients have included Codelco, Vale, Anglo-American Corporation, Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Barrick Gold, Bell Canada, CIBC, CIBC-Mellon, De Beers Canada, Ivanhoe Mines, Ivanplats, Redpath Mining, Quadra Chemicals, Gibson Energy, and Xerox. In the Public Sector, clients have included the Supreme Court of Canada, The Office of the Auditor General for Canada, The Surveyor General of Canada, Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada. He has also been retained as a consultant on more than 20 major international mining projects including the successful development and construction of the Collahuasi copper mine in Chile which is to-date the world’s largest and highest single mining project, and the Victor Diamond Mine in Canada – designated globally as the ‘Mine of the Year in 2009’.    

Peter has also carried out strategic planning assignments for a number of Associations including the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, The Consejo Minero de Chile, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada, the Zinc Association, and the Mining Association of Canada.


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