ISBN-10: 0273709313 | ISBN-13: 978-0273709312 | Publication Date: November 30, 2007
Two strategic initiatives out of three fail. They are actually a huge challenge for ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â“more-of-the-same, better-and-betterÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â”, companies. Indeed, their cross-organization scope violates all principles of silo efficiency.
Strategic initiatives are precisely not ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â“more of the same.ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â” Smarter Execution identifies seven key steps that managers need to get to grips with if they are to reap the full benefits of their strategic initiatives:
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Focus firstÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—less is more
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Pick the best possible teamÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—donÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’t compromise
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Set the courseÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—learn to navigate to a destination that is not yet fully defined
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Set up to winÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—there is no ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â“commitment switchÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â”: it starts with you
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Think it throughÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—rehearse mentally each next step, leaving no stone unturned
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Get all aboardÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—itÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s about getting people to change the way they work
ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â¨ Follow throughÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—to learn on the go
The authors, Xavier Gilbert, Bettina BÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â¼chel, and Rhoda Davidson, have been working with several hundred executives to help them execute their strategic initiatives. Time and again, they have seen how these seemingly common-sense insights were actually unexpectedly difficult to apply in most ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â“efficientÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â” organizations
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