Best Practices in Strategy Execution

How to implement a successful strategy execution.

This online course creatively combines theory and application to enrich the learning experience and ensure that participants acquire a practical understanding of the strategy execution process.

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  • Learn the 7 keys to successful strategy execution
  • A practical and effective 4 phase method for orchestrating and managing the strategy execution process, based on the experience of the most successful organizations
  • Learn the major challenges and dilemmas of implementation and how to tackle them
  • Learn the new Impact Assessment which helps you identify 4 positive and 4 negative ways your organization might be impacted by the current environment

***IMPORTANT NOTE – It is highly recommended that “High Impact Strategic Planning” be taken prior to this course.

Course Overview

Masters of strategy implementation know there are no tricks or fancy techniques that will do the heavy lifting for them. The key to successful implementation of strategy lies in being:

  • Organized – there is a plan to follow and a schedule to keep everyone on track – 70% of companies with a formal execution system report outperforming their peer group.
  • Committed – leaders throughout the organization believe in the strategy and contribute all that is required of them and their business units.
  • Disciplined – follow-through is expected and recognized. Deviations from the plan are noticed, analyzed and addressed.
  • Agile – adjustments are made to adapt to changes and faulty assumptions. Flexibility and learning are the necessary complement to being organized and disciplined.

The new online, interactive applied learning design of this program will:

  • Give you best-practice ideas and models for what works
  • Easy to apply methods and tools for organizing and leading implementation
  • Assessment of organizational preparedness for strategy execution
  • Application of analytic and design tools to each participant’s own organization

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This course can be customized to your organization’s needs and can be delivered online, onsite or at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington.  For more information, click here.

Facilitator Information

Alex Lowy consults widely as a strategic advisor and educator, helping organizations around the world address major dilemmas in a systematic and effective manner. His clients have included technology firms (HP, IBM), banks (CIBC, BMO) resources companies (Shell) and government (Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Metropolitan Toronto Police Force). He is an adjunct faculty member at four business schools (DeGroote in Hamilton, Schulich in Toronto, Saint Mary’s in Halifax and Memorial in Newfoundland) where he teaches business strategy and critical thinking skills to executives. He writes extensively on the topic of strategy and decision-making, with articles in such journals as Strategy & Leadership, Business 2.0 and Group & Organization Studies.

Alex is co-author of several best-selling business books including The Power of the 2 x 2 Matrix (Jossey Bass, 2004, with Phil Hood) and Digital Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2000, with Don Tapscott & David Ticoll). His most recent book, No Problem, was published in 2007, and is being taught in business schools in Canada, the USA and Malaysia.



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  • Dates and Fees

    Fall 2020 Online Session:

    Day 1: Thursday, November 26 (9am – 12pm)  

    Day 2: Friday, November 27 (9am – 12pm)

    Day 3: Follow Up: Thursday, December 10 (11:30-12:30)

    **Pre and Post readings will be required

    $750.00 + HST

    $700+ HST per course if you sign up for 5 or more courses.*Registration for all 5 courses must be done in the same transaction.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    • Senior and mid-level managers
    • Strategic and business planners
    • Consultants interested in increasing successful implementation of strategic planning efforts
  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Lynn Petruzzella at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.