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Only 30 percent of strategic initiatives are successfully executed. Of those that are, most CEOs view the process as too slow. What’s 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 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 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 expertise
Strategic Speed provides real-world examplesfrom companies as diverse as Tata Sky, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ameriprise, and Fender Guitarsshowing 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.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jocelyn R. Davis is the Executive Vice President of Research and Development for The Forum Corporation. Edwin H. Boswell is President and CEO of The Forum Corporation. Henry M. Frechette Jr. is a member of Forum’s Consulting Partner Network.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Part I: A New Mindset
Chapter 1: What Is Strategic Speed?
Chapter 2: Focus on the People Factors
Part II: Four Leadership Abilities
Chapter 3: Affirm Strategies
Chapter 4: Drive Initiatives
Chapter 5: Manage Climate
Chapter 6: Cultivate Experience
Chapter 7: Assess Your Trouble Spots and Take Action