Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem
January 18, 2017 HBR.org
Strategy Problem

HBR examines and reveals the root problems of strategy execution, largely identified as having to do with “people” – and not the strategy itself. This article means that however hard it is to devise a smart strategy, it’s ten times harder to get people to execute on that strategy. In other words, your organization’s biggest strategy problem isn’t strategic thinking — it’s strategic acting. The real conundrum of execution lies within getting from a randomized, disorganized setup to a more organized one with clear direction. Strategy execution is often overlooked by even the most astute strategy consultants, because primarily it’s not a strategy challenge. It’s a human behavior one…

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