Change with Impact

Strategy implementation

Avoid the execution trap and maximise return on strategy

According to an old proverb, ‘insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different resultsʼ. If the proverb holds true, strategy implementation is insane. Research shows that more than 70 per cent of strategies fail to achieve their desired objectives.

Strategy implementation

We appear to repeat our mistakes. All too often, we see ambitious strategies realised through fuzzy implementation efforts. The end result is too many initiatives, conflicting goals, an unaligned leadership team, disengaged employees, a lack of resources and too much reliance on simplistic performance management. These are just some of the symptoms that emerge during the life and death of a poorly managed strategy implementation.

We believe there is a better approach to creating strategy impact. Based on Implement’s expertise within strategic transformations and partnerships with leading strategy thinkers such as Roger Martin, Gary Hamel and Clayton Christensen, we have developed a strategy impact delivery model that will help you manage for success.

Strategy implementation action plan

Strategy implementation action plan

  • Clarify strategy: Sharpen strategic choices, design a feasible transformation roadmap and tell a compelling story to engage hearts and minds.
  • Unify leaders: Build unity in the leadership team, establish clear accountabilities and define leadership behaviours to demonstrate ‘walk the talk’.
  • Build engagement: Mobilise stakeholders through co-creation, enable sense-making at the individual level and build capabilities for new ways of working.
  • Align commitments: Allocate capital, time and talent, align management systems and install agile portfolio governance for fast benefit realisation.
  • Accelerate value delivery: Build project and line management delivery capabilities, implement strategies in high-impact projects and empower line managers to make strategy work.

Articles

  • From strategic intent to business impact

    Making strategy work is one of the greatest challenges of management. In fact, no strategy is stronger than the weakest link in the chain between insightful strategic ideas to front-line actions.

  • Viewpoints on Change - Strategy implementation

    Making strategy work is one of the greatest challenges of management. In fact, no strategy is stronger than the weakest link in the chain between insightful strategic ideas to front-line actions.

  • Strategy as transformation

    When a butterfly flaps its wings in Denmark, the ultimate consequence may be that it triggers a hurricane in the Caribbean months later. This was one of the more spectacular conclusions that followed in the wake of the discovery that complex systems, such as the atmosphere, are extremely sensitive to the slightest change in the system’s initial conditions.

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