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Filling Execution Gaps: How Executives and Project Managers Turn Corporate Strategy into Successful Projects

Filling Execution Gaps: How Executives and Project Managers Turn Corporate Strategy into Successful Projects

by Todd C. Williams


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“I expected good, but this is great.” -Janet Pirus Phelps, Principle, Strategic CFO, Former CFO Papa Murphy's Pizza

Gaps are holes in your organization where tasks fall and failure breeds. They inhibit your ability to implement strategic plans, lead people, and run successful projects. Daily, executives, middle managers, and project managers wrestle with “the big six”:

  • Absence of common understanding
  • Disengaged executive sponsors
  • Misalignment with goals
  • Poor change management
  • Ineffective governance
  • Lackluster leadership

Ignoring any of these gaps endangers any strategy or project. They regularly destroy hundreds of companies’ ability to turn their corporate vision into business value—taking careers with them.

Filling Execution Gaps addresses the sources of these gaps, and how to fill them. Without any one of these important functions, projects fail. Without change management, adoption suffers. Without common understanding, there is confusion. Without goals, business units, and capabilities aligned, execution falters. Without executive sponsorship, decisions languish. Too little governance allows bad things to happen, while too much governance creates overburdening bureaucracy. Without leadership at all levels of the organization, people are directionless.

Using decades of experience, years of research, and interviews with hundreds of business leaders, author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Business Project Management, Rescue the Problem Project, Todd Williams illustrates how to fill these gaps, meet corporate goals, and increase value.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501515200
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 10/23/2017
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Todd C. Williams is an executive consultant with three decades of experience helping organizations connect strategy to successful projects. He has worked with startups and multibillion dollar companies and is a prolific writer sharing his wisdom and experience so that others can succeed. Online magazines, including Fortune/CNN Money,, CIO Update, ZDNet, Enterprising CIO, IT Business Edge, PM World Journal, to name a few, regularly consult with him for quotes and content.

Table of Contents

Chapter -Gap 0 Understanding the Problem

Chapter 2-Aligning Initiatives to Corporate Goals

Chapter 3-Challenges in Executive Sponsorship

Chapter 4-Solutions in Executive Sponsorship

Chapter 5-Success with Change Adoption

Chapter 6-Organization Change Management

Chapter 7-Lean Governance of Initiatives and Projects

Chapter 8-The Project Management Office

Chapter 9-Leadership Strategies

Chapter 10-The Project’s Leadership Structure

Chapter 11-Leadership Traits and Actions

Chapter 12-Putting Everything Together

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