Moving Strategy into Execution
Developing a solid plan for moving company strategy into execution requires both appropriate skill sets and individual and team discipline. This requires:
- A deep understanding of the connection between organizational strategy and team behavior. Operating the company smartly and developing positive leadership team dynamics are equal components in developing an effective organization.
- The ability to have conversations about organizational direction and to make decisions about those that the team can support and that employees can trust.
- Analytical abilities for assessing and reviewing both company capabilities and needs and personal capacities and strengths among senior leadership positions.
- An environment of continuous learning. We all must constantly challenge ourselves: “What did we learn from this? How did we leverage our strengths? Where did we lose focus or lose our way? What can we do next time that will be more effective?”
- An environment of openness in which your team can feel safe about raising or questioning ideas. Organizations that do this well are humble, but confident.
- A sense of teamwork. Your senior leadership should have a sense that "we" is better than "me." Together we have the capacity and the ability to come up with a solution that works. Success lies not just in individual ability, but in the real confidence and power of the team.
- Measuring what is important. It is a truism, for a reason. If you can't measure it, it probably isn't going to happen.
- Communication. The best strategic plan and the best tactics for executing it won't work unless everyone knows and understands the plan. That is what creates focus. It is important to understand that good communication is a discipline. It can be learned.
Moving Strategy into Execution: Skills