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Some people believe that Strategy Execution is more important for the success of any firm than the actual strategic choices that are made. Strategy implementation deals with the managerial exercise of supervising the ongoing pursuit of strategy, making it work, improving the competence with which it is executed, and showing measurable progress in achieving the targeted results.

Perhaps the traditional distinction between top level managers formulating the strategy and the lower levels implementing the strategy should be abandoned, and the key to good strategy execution is getting the executors to participate and think out of the box or out of their normal working mode.

Leading the drive for good strategy execution calls for several actions on part of the managers in charge:

  • Staying on top of what is happening, ferreting out issues, closely monitoring progress and learning what obstacles lies in the path of good execution.

  • Leading the development of stronger core competencies and competitive capabilities.

  • Putting constructive pressure on the organization to achieve good results and operating excellence.

  • Pushing corrective actions in order to improve strategy execution and achieve the targeted results.

  • Displaying ethical integrity and leading social responsibility initiatives.

In an HBR article (June 2008, p. 61-70), Gary L. Neilson, Karla L. Martin and Elizabeth Powers from Booz & Company report some interesting findings from a large scale internet assessment. The 4 inextricably linked things that turn out to matter most to successful strategy execution are:

  1. Make sure information flows where it needs to go (up, down and lateral)(54 out of 100 relative strength)

  2. Clarify decision rights (50 out of 100)

  3. Align motivators (incentives) (26 out of 100)

  4. Make changes to the organization structure (25 out of 100)

The authors recommend to start the strategy execution process with clarifying the decision rights and improving the information flow. Then the right organizational structures and motivators will tend to fall into place.

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Expert Tips - Strategy Execution Premium

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How to Become a Self-tuning Enterprise: Advanced Experimenters

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Usage (application): Organizational Agility, Strategic Agility, Real Options, Emergent Strategy

Six Crucial Mind Shifts for Strategy Execution / Implementation

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Usage (application): Change Management, Strategic Change, Resistance to CHange, Strategy Implementation

How to Align Sales People with the Strategy

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Usage (application): Strategy Execution, Employee Participation, Aligning Sales with Strategy, Strategic Alignment

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The Strategic Role of Public Relations and Communication in Business

Presentation about the role public relations and communications in business strategy implementation and execution. The presentation includes the follo...
Usage (application): Public Relations, Strategic Management, Corporate Responsibility, Stakeholder Management, Stakeholder Analysis


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