Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution

By Jocelyn Davis, Henry M Frechette, Edwin H Boswell
Only 30 percent of strategic initiatives are successfully executed. Of those that are, most CEOs view the process as too slow. Whats going on? And how can you accelerate execution in your company?In Strategic Speed, the authors provide the answers. Start by understanding the barriers to execution: Employees dont grasp where an initiative is going. They dont adopt new behaviors. Theyre not committed to working together to achieve results.Most leaders try to speed things up by changing processes or installing new technologies. But better processes and systems wont remove the barriers. Instead, you need to unleash three people factorsclarity (understanding the goal), unity (collaborating across work groups), and agility (adapting quickly).The authors explain how to unleash these factors by exercising four leadership abilities: Affirming strategies: Ensuring everyone knows the destination and wants to go there Driving initiatives: Accelerating projects called for by your strategy Managing climate: Controlling what it feels like to work in your team Cultivating experience: Harnessing employees knowledge and expertiseStrategic Speed provides real-world examplesfrom companies as diverse as Tata Sky, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ameriprise, and Fender Guitarsshowing these practices in action. And its packed with tools and assessments for diagnosing where your execution efforts are in trouble and choosing specific actions for accelerating results in your firm.


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ISBN: 9781422131527

About the Hardcover

Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 06/01/2010
Pages 204
ISBN-13 9781422131527
ISBN-10 1422131521
Language English