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Strategy Execution Problem?

As you know from the Simplified Strategic Planning book and seminar, execution is the Achilles’ heel of strategic planning.  Although the Simplified Strategic Planning approach is the best approach to strategy execution we’ve seen, your execution may fall behind.  So – what is the best way to handle getting behind in your strategy execution? First, […]

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Why is Commitment Crucial to Strategy?

Why is commitment crucial and how does an organization get and keep it? Commitment means that senior management and key personnel throughout the company buy-in to driving the company forward to reach its  objectives.  Therefore, they have committed to the success of the company. Furthermore, they execute the strategies of the organization as effectively as […]

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Implementation Pitfalls

Implementation pitfalls are common in strategic planning. But why is this – and what can we do about it?  We’ve noticed six very common issues that have hindered execution at companies we’ve worked with, and none of them is intractable. The most common implementation pitfalls are: Overcommitment Poorly defined objectives Poorly crafted implementation plans Hidden […]

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Aligning Employees with Strategy: Building Support for the Strategic Plan – Fifth Step

In this post, we are discussing how buy-in helps align employees with strategy.  Buy-in is one of the key steps in strategic alignment.  Lets review how we get strategic alignment.  There are five basic steps that you must take to assure your employees are aligned with your company’s strategies. First, employees must have the conceptual tools […]

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Aligning Employees with Strategy: Building Support for the Strategic Plan – Third and Fourth Steps

In this post, we are discussing how organizational structure helps align employees with strategy.  Organizational structure is one of the key steps in strategic alignment.  Lets review how we get strategic alignment.  There are five basic steps that you must take to assure your employees are aligned with your company’s strategies. First, employees must have […]

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Re-invigorating Strategic Initiatives – How to keep moving forward

What do you do when progress is slowing on your key strategic initiatives?  Leaving your strategic planning session, your team was motivated to get the key strategic initiatives completed.  Action plans complete, resources allocated, and everything was moving forward.  But now, after several months, forward progress has slowed.  Team members have gotten bogged down by […]

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Aligning Employees with Strategy: Building Support for the Strategic Plan – First and Second Steps

In this series, we are discussing aligning employees with strategy.  Lets review how we get this alignment.  There are five basic steps that you must take to assure your employees are aligned with your company’s strategies. First, employees must have the conceptual tools required for good strategic thinking about their work. Second, employees must understand […]

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Aligning Departments with Strategy – Part Three

Note:  This post is the final in a series of posts from Robert Bradford’s article Aligning Departments with Strategy originally posted in Compass Points in November 2002.  Part One (click here) introduced the topic and discussed the affect that the Purchasing and Accounting departments have on strategy.  Part Two (click here) discussed the affect of the Operations, Sales, Human Resources […]

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Aligning Departments with Strategy – Part Two

Note:  This post is the second in a series of posts from Robert Bradford’s article Aligning Departments with Strategy originally posted in Compass Points in November 2002.  Part One (click here) introduced the topic and discussed the affect that the Purchasing and Accounting departments have on strategy.  This part discusses the affect of the Operations, Sales, Human Resources and […]

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