The Implementation Advantage


Strategy fails when it’s not implemented well – when it’s not connected to what goes on in people’s jobs day-to-day.  You need to connect it.  And you also want decisions to be made consistent with strategic intent.  Strategy implementation has to be part of the daily fabric of the organization.  It’s not done once a month, it’s not something you do once a week; it must be the daily fabric of the organization.  And, by the way, it doesn’t need to add to day-to-day work.  But it does take smart implementation. 

When you’re ready to launch the strategy, you need to make sure that you’ve got everything ready to go:  Your communications, your top team fully on board, your organization structure and key processes in alignment.

Copyright 2019  Bob Legge

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I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. 


If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.

My website is www.boblegge.com

3 Leadership Themes for 2019

A quick observation:  My best clients, the ones who get the most value from our work together, take the ideas we discuss and put them into practice instead of thinking about them or dwelling on why they can’t act.  They are also already effective leaders with an ongoing desire to get better and stronger.    

As you go forward this new year, put emphasis on the following:

  • Your vision.  Give your people the “why” behind what drives you and should drive your business.  It can be a vision statement (like Apple) or a rallying cry (like FedEx.)  Make work something more than the day-to-day operations.
  • Your ability to articulate the vision.  Posting a vision statement or values is okay, but the most effective leaders are continually communicating the vision and strategic theme over and over in different ways.
  • Focus.  Keep the organization focused on the few things that really drive value for customers.  All else is added cost.  Organizations have an amazing ability to add complexity, go off on tangents, and get caught-up in policy and procedure.  Simplify and keep your organization sharply-focused.

Copyright 2019  Bob Legge

___________________________

I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. 


If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.

My website is www.boblegge.com


The Sharply-Focused Organization

Strategy formulation and planning are really two different things.  And of course the value isn’t in spending three days setting strategy.  The point isn’t walls full of easel sheets and group think, it’s all about what do you do to make things happen.  Strategy is NOTHING without implementation.

Implementation is putting strategy into action.

That means several things:

  1. Creating timeframes, metrics, accountabilities, and so forth, so that, as CEO after three months, you can know you’ve made progress. 
  2. Getting the organization sharply focused on the strategy. 
  3. Managing execution
  4. Communicating with the people in the organization about what the strategy is in a way that is clear, simple and compelling. 
  5. Making changes, when necessary to structure, work flows, management processes, people, compensation and the rest, to ensure that the organization is very focused and fully aligned with the strategy.

Formulating a strategy is only the beginning.
How good is your follow-through?

Copyright 2018  Bob Legge

___________________________

 I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. 


If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.

My website is www.boblegge.com

Making changes, when necessary to structure, work flows, management processes, people, compensation and the rest, to ensure that the organization is very focused and fully aligned with the strategy.

Strategy Isn’t Tactics

Strategy isn’t about starting from today and going forward into the future.  It’s about defining the future you want and working backwards from it to determine how you’re going to get there.  If instead you begin with where you are today and plan to make improvements going forward, what you’re doing isn’t strategic.   It’s operational.  It’s all about tactics and incremental improvement to try to be competitive. 

The best companies don’t want to be competitive, they want to be leading the competition – to be distinctive, to have an edge that provides significant value for their customers, and to make it sustainable so that it cannot be easily replicated. 

So, if you start with something you call ‘strategy’ but which is really operational improvement, you’re simply trying to be competitive –like everyone else.

Why not take the opportunity to think more broadly about your business – to think strategically, and develop a strategy that makes you distinctive, not just competitive.

Copyright 2018  Bob Legge

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 I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. 

If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.

My website is here

Contact me at:  bob@boblegge.com

What Nobody Tells You about Consistency and Efficiency

For all the benefits of six-sigma, lean, JIT, etc. (and there are significant benefits,) you must not let the focus on efficiency drive out innovation and creativity. 

This is particularly true for engineers who need dedicated time to work on new and different ideas. 

The more you become obsessed with consistency and efficiency in operations, the more likely you are to be diverted from identifying and addressing new opportunities. 

Do make sure that progress is being made on operational excellence, but also continue to encourage experimentation and new thinking.  That is the lifeblood of your business.

Copyright 2018  Bob Legge

___________________________

I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. 


If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.

My website is www.boblegge.com

Contact me at:   bob@boblegge.com

Excellence at Work

Being excellent and efficient at getting things done is good. It’s what effective managers do.
Being excellent at deciding which things to get done is critical. It’s what effective leaders do.
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This is a week for giving thanks. If you’re not good at thanking people, this is a good week to begin.
And thank you. To all my clients and friends, to all my readers, and to all the people who influence my thinking and my work.

Copyright 2018 Bob Legge
___________________________
I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.

If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.
My website is www.boblegge.com

How to Address Resistance to Accountability (or to any change)

Last week I heard from a teacher in the Boston area in response to my piece about accountability. She said, “Wow! This is what I do every day as a teacher!”

Many managers and executives tell me that their people aren’t ready for accountability, or have a negative response to the word ‘accountability.’ Is that the case in your organization, and if so, why?

Here’s what works when you encounter any sort of resistance to change:

  1. Do not ignore the resistance – it will only build in strength. They’ll think you did not hear them.
  2. Do not force compliance – the resistance will become covert and continue to grow for the same reason as in #1 above.
  3. Do take the time to listen to people who are resisting. Often just the act of showing that they are being heard will significantly reduce resistance.
  4. Do explain why the change is both needed and in their own best interest.
  5. Move ahead with the change, continuing to be open to feedback, and with the resolve to keep it moving forward.

Copyright 2018 Bob Legge
___________________________
I am a trusted advisor on strategy implementation and executive effectiveness to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.

If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.
My website is http://www.boblegge.com
Contact me at: bob@boblegge.com