Execution of Strategy
70% of failure of strategy comes from poor execution by leadership. It is rarely the fault of lack of vision or thinking. Ram Charan – Execution the discipline of getting things done 2005
When you think about it, you were taught strategy at business school, not execution. Did you ever think execution of your strategy would be so difficult, after all, your people work for you, nobody else is paying them.
So why does it feel so much harder than it should?
Is it because of the enormous amount of energy required to maintain the operation? ‘The Day Job’ what we call the whirlwind, will suffocate the activities required to execute the strategy.
Think about the strategies that you have seen fail. How did they die?
Did they come crashing down with a big bang, or die slowly, quietly smothered by the day job?
Your people are not lazy or defiant. The problem is, they are busy with what they call real work.
It is also a fact that like most creative, ambitious leaders you may be trying to pursue too many goals at the same time and as the numerous priorities become jumbled within the whirlwind, your people lose sight of where they stand.
You measure everything, but the numbers are after the fact. It feels like you are driving a car looking out of the review mirror.
Your managers spend their days either battling the whirlwind or praying they achieve the goal. So people return to their day job, having lost sight of the strategy. They are clearly playing not to lose rather than playing to win.
There are four rules for executing in the face of the whirlwind and unknowingly you are not aware of them.
If this sounds familiar to you, and you would like to know the four rules, contact me and let’s see if your team is up for executing your strategy in the face of the whirlwind. Bob.email@example.com Your Ideal Business Partner
- Ram Charan – Execution the discipline of getting things done 2005
- Stephen R Covey, Chris McChesney 2012 The four disciplines of execution