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In Strategic Speed, the authors provide the answers. Start by understanding the barriers to execution: Employees don’t grasp where an initiative is going. They don’t adopt new behaviors. They’re not committed to working together to achieve results....
In Strategic Speed, the authors provide the answers. Start by understanding the barriers to execution: Employees don’t grasp where an initiative is going. They don’t adopt new behaviors. They’re 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 won’t remove the barriers. Instead, you need to unleash three people factors—clarity (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 expertise
Strategic Speed provides real-world examples—from companies as diverse as Tata Sky, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ameriprise, and Fender Guitars—showing these practices in action. And it’s packed with tools and assessments for diagnosing where your execution efforts are in trouble and choosing specific actions for accelerating results in your firm.
Prologue The Hazards of Speed 1
one Speed: A New View 9
Two The People Factors: Clarity, Unity, Agility 33
The Strategic-Speedometer 50
Three Leaders Affirm Strategies 59
How are you Doing on Affirming Strategies? 81
Four Leaders Drive Initiatives 83
How are you on Doing on Driving Initiatives? 104
Five Leaders Manage Climate 107
How are you Doing on Managing Climate? 128
six Leaders Cultivate Experience 131
How are you Doing on Cultivating Experience? 155
Seven Tools for Achieving Strategic Speed 157
Time/Value Assessment 160
Team Survey 163
Leadership Profile 165
Speed Matrix 170
Epilogue The Future of Speed 173
Appendix A: The Forum Corporation and Economist Intelligence Unit Global Speed Survey 177
Appendix B: The Cultural Aspects of Speed 183
About the Authors 203