The Chaos of Strategy Implementation, a poem
My colleagues talking about strategy implementation got me thinking about how I often see the reality of cascading a strategy from the top down through the levels of management to implement new ideas for performance improvement or profit enhancement.
In addition to the normal issues of what is meant, we also get the problem of what is really wanted.
There are lots of frameworks to have around measurement and feedback and ways to clarify issues and opportunities. The culture is critical, as is the constancy of the messaging.
This is just a couple of cartoons and an a poem. But it captures some of the realities as I see them:
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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.