Are you too busy for strategy?

I’m finding that executives in most companies are running flat-out these days.  Many of the companies who contact me say their executives simply don’t have the time to do strategy, improve key processes, or sharpen organization alignment–and it shows.  In fact, that’s one reason they want to engage with me.  But you cannot effectively manage an enterprise with your head in the details because you won’t be able to see the big picture and cannot make progress on the things that really matter.
A good strategy does not over-load the organization with tasks, particularly today when organizations are running lean.  Instead, a good strategy forces you to make decisions about what you are going to do, and equally important, what you’re not going to do.  You and your organization will be far more successful if you move a few things forward a mile instead of trying to move a lot of things forward a foot.  If your team doesn’t have time for strategy, it’s a sure sign that you’re not on top of your game.

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