I have been revisiting some of my earlier work on strategy. This piece from nine years ago is about implementation of it and making it stronger with a transparent organization. While this is about organizng, the principles are the same in a company – where the organizing principle is the job.
Organizations that thrive in a changing world all have one thing in common – a strong strategic focus. They know their objectives and strategy very well and communicate them effectively. What is less obvious is that a good strategic plan comes from individual people. It takes a lot of skill and a little planning to work it up into a real plan, but there is never any substitute for the old “walk and talk” – getting to know the clients, customers, employees, citizens, or any other way you want to define the people of an operation.