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The Six Disciplines Blog


Friday, February 27, 2015

Barriers to Strategy Execution

Strategy execution is the single hardest challenge in business.

What makes it so tough?

Here’s a list of the primary execution challenges, based on surveys of organizational leaders:

  • – Inability to manage change effectively or overcome internal resistance to change.
  • – Strategy conflicts with the existing organizational structure.
  • – Poor or inadequate information sharing among individuals or business units responsible for strategy execution.
  • – Unclear communication of responsibility and/or accountability for execution decisions or actions.
  • – Employees’ lack of feeling of ownership of a strategy or execution plan.
  • – Lack of guidelines or a model to guide strategy execution.
  • – Lack of understanding of the role of organizational structure and design in the execution process.
  • – Inability to generate buy-in or agreement on critical execution steps or actions.
  • – Lack of incentives or inappropriate incentives to support execution objectives

BOTTOMLINE: “Poor or vague strategy” is also listed, but it’s relatively low on the list.

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Since 2005, the Six Disciplines blog offers posts about performance excellence, strategy execution, business coaching, leadership development, innovation, and business process improvement. This blog has received prestigious awards for leadership and management and has been syndicated by several major media sources.