Strategic Speed

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-01
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Pr

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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 factors--clarity (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 examples--from companies as diverse as Tata Sky, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ameriprise, and Fender Guitars--showing 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.

Author Biography

Edwin H. Boswell is the President and CEO of The Forum Corporation. He specializes in consulting with senior leadership teams on executing strategic change.

Jocelyn R. Davis is the Executive Vice President, Research and Development for The Forum Corporation. She leads Forum's strategies for creating and leveraging intellectual property - including original research, learningware, consulting, and coaching tools, assessments, and all other core content.

Henry M. Frechette, Jr is Vice President, Research for The Forum Corporation.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Prologue: The Hazards of Speedp. 1
Speed: A New Viewp. 9
The People Factors: Clarity, Unity, Agilityp. 33
The Strategic Speedometerp. 50
Leaders Affirm Strategiesp. 59
How Are You Doing on Affirming Strategies?p. 81
Leaders Drive Initiativesp. 83
How Are You Doing on Driving Initiatives?p. 104
Leaders Manage Climatep. 107
How Are You Doing on Managing Climate?p. 128
Leaders Cultivate Experiencep. 131
How Are You Doing on Cultivating Experience?p. 155
Tools for Achieving Strategic Speedp. 157
Time/Value Assessmentp. 160
Team Surveyp. 163
Leadership Profilep. 165
Speed Matrixp. 170
Epilogue: The Future of Speedp. 173
The Forum Corporation and Economist Intelligence Unit Global Speed Surveyp. 177
The Cultural Aspects of Speedp. 183
Notesp. 189
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 203
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