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Workplace Alignment – Systems Theory Related to Work

March 9, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

$20 – $30

Join Us for an Exciting Workshop on Workplace Alignment

Have you ever been unable to complete a task at work because another key person is not cooperating? Have you ever needed new tactics to improve sponsorship for your projects? Learn about the whole systems framework of Sponsor/Agent/Target/Advocate (SATA) and how a broader organization-wide perspective can improve your effectiveness at work.


Conveniently located at Central City Mall in Surrey, right across the street from the Surrey Central Skytrain Station. Steps from the Central City Brew Pub and Blenz Coffee. Event is 6:00-8:00 PM, and light refreshments will be served.

The workshop will be held on the 4th floor of the office tower on the north-west side of the Central City Mall. The easiest way to get to the elevators is from the University Drive and 102nd Avenue side of the Mall, opposite the Skytrain and bus loop. The elevators are in the lobby, to the left of the reception desk and the Blenz Coffee. Take the elevator to the 4th floor.

Parking is available in various locations around the mall.

Who should attend?

These are core skills for anyone anywhere trying to accomplish anything! And especially enlightening for OD consultants, project managers, leaders, and members of any team.


  • Introduction to the SATA framework, a simple, profound, and repeatable way to ensure your business aligns its employees and has a clear path to success.
  • SATA is a tool to analyze the interactions between key organization roles, each with a critical function, who may be either performing effectively or under- or over-functioning.
  • SATA holds the key to effective day-to-day work, planning for any size of project or initiative, and is a constant compass if you are in the role of consultant or change agent.
  • Learn about the power of SATA and the definitional model that identifies the role you’re in at any moment. Each role has specific behavioural requirements which must be met to ensure success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn a step-by-step, repeatable process to understand any scenario in relationship to the authority structures that exist, and create strategies for improvement.
  • Understand your SATA role in relationship to a core project, initiation, or client system and use this understanding to ensure healthy boundaries within the system.
  • Recognize potential SATA traps and ways out of them.
  • Develop a strategy to strengthen sponsorship for the project, initiative, or cross functional task you analyze.
  • Learn core socio-technical components to any initiative, project or change.
  • Learn how to leverage sponsorship.


Chris Crosby is a consultant, author, educator and the President of the Board of the Pacific Northwest Organization Development Network, which has almost tripled membership in a little over two years.

While internal, Chris helped multiple Alcoa locations meet or exceed their business metrics. Now he supports leaders in diverse industries to clarify challenges and implement them effectively. He has held adjunct faculty positions and has extensive international experience. His first book, Strategic Organizational Development, published in 2016 by Business Expert Press, provides the reader with a step-by-step way to align their organization. His recent two-volume set, Strategic Engagement: Practical Tools to Raise Morale and Increase Results, was published in October of 2018. In it he outlines eight strategic engagement activities to improve productivity. All his books are written from the perspective of a practitioner and provide the reader with easy access to tools and mental models that make a difference.

Chris sees the OD professional as vital in helping organizations reach business results and thinks that the need for clarity of core principles will never diminish. He partners with managers to help engage their employees to increase results and improve morale. He is an expert in creating system alignment, implementation structures, and people processes for various forms of organization change including mergers, large cross-functional projects, department redesigns, and whole system transformations. He developed and executed the change strategy for the largest software implementation (Oracle) in the history of Alcoa CSI, spanning 18 locations throughout the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Hungary, and Germany. His business unit reached stability in one month–five months faster than any previous Alcoa Business Unit.

Chris also develops leadership programs. The programs utilize an industry adapted T-Group to train leaders to engage their workforce in such a way that builds ownership, commitment, organization alignment and ultimately better business results.

If you have any questions about the event or venue, please contact info@bcodn.org.


March 9, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$20 – $30


Fraser Health Corporate Office
4th Floor, 13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 0H1 Canada
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