Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why do organizations often add complexity with Strategy & Execution? — “Stuff” gets in the way!

Does you organization’s approach to strategy and execution becomes bureaucratic and cause people to add complexity? What happens? Stuff gets in the way. By “Stuff” I mean organization structures such as policies /procedures, design elements, behaviors and processes that exist in any organization – no matter the size. We know they exist — even if they or “written or unwritten.”
How do you reduce complexity and simplify your organization? How do you become faster, yet not lose what makes you successful?
Well the important question is how do you simplify and get at that “Stuff”? We have found that a structured and disciplined approach to this dilemma.
Structure must drive simplicity. It is the structure and approach to strategy and execution that makes a difference Here is how we simplify both:
First, focus on strategic thinking not planning. Learning some easy – to – understand principles and an easy- to-remember process —can make a real difference. Principles such as focusing on scope, linking analysis to solutions, being fact-based and using the law of the vital few can serve as a filter for the following process: 1) Determine what is going on; 2) Identify what actions you need to take; and 3) Communicate what will the impact be. This will drive clear thinking and subsequently and a clear set of choices. Think STAR — Strategic Thinking – Action – Results!
Secondly, everything is about execution. However, many organizations create what we call activity cultures. You should focus on Results and not activities. Try this — Work backwards from a due date, with different people committing to deliver results bring. This will bring commitment and clarity, drive a different behavior and makes it easy to understand who is accountable for delivering a plan. It will manage project scope, costs and time in a way that will take unnecessary “Stuff” that slows things down and hurts quality. Here, as with strategy three easy steps make a difference: 1) align those responsible on the initiative; 2) identify and change behaviors that slow implementation; and 3) create a results-based implementation plan with clear accountabilities. Think ACE Align, Collaborate, Execute!