Playing to Win
Roger Martin is a Canadian-born thought leader and former dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Roger Martin: The Execution Trap
Roger Martin: Playing to Win
The Big Lie of Strategic Planning
If you are entirely comfortable with your strategy, there’s a strong chance it isn’t very good. You’re probably stuck in one or more traps. You need to be uncomfortable and apprehensive: True strategy is about placing bets and making hard choices. The objective is not to eliminate risk but to increase the odds of success.
Bringing Science to the Art of Strategy
Strategic planners pride themselves on their rigor. Strategies are supposed to be driven by numbers and extensive analysis and uncontaminated by bias, judgment, or opinion. The larger the spreadsheets, the more confident an organisation is in its process. All those numbers, all those analyses, feel scientific, and in the modern world, 'scientific' equals 'good.'
The Execution Trap
The idea that execution is distinct from strategy has become firmly ensconced in management thinking over the past decade. So much so, in fact, that if you run a Google search for 'A mediocre strategy well executed is better than a great strategy poorly executed', you will get more than 42,600 references.