Excellence in Execution: HOW to Implement Your Strategy
is my fourth book on strategy execution.
Almost all books on this subject talk about why strategy execution is important. This is one of the first books in the world talking about HOW to execute (or implement, the two words are interchangeable).
HOW stands for How Organizations Win.
Excellence in Execution provides you with the components you need to execute strategy well. It features 181 questions designed to create your organization’s execution plan and 72 Powerful Execution Tips and 11 Checklists of questions to ask and actions to take
+ 18 Toolkits you can readily adopt
The chapter start with a QR Code access to a video that introduces the chapter’s content and asks a thought-provoking question. Other QR Codes give you complimentary access to specific resources and online tools from Bridges’ Implementation Hub—your portal to strategy implementation success.
The book is in two parts.
Part One: Transforming the Approach
Part One of Excellence in Execution introduces opportunities for leaders to transform their approach to strategy execution. It explains the shift in thinking required to achieve Excellence in Execution. It also introduces new tools and language such as the Strategy Cadence, Execution Juxtaposition, Decoding the Execution Challenge, Mavericks Network, Review Rhythm and the Three Themes Broad of Execution, explained in depth in Part Two.
Part Two: Making It Your Own
The Three Broad Themes of Execution serve as the backbone for Part Two along with an in-depth case study on DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, and designed questions for leaders to ask as they develop their execution plan.
The Three Broad Themes of Execution guide you through what needs to happen in your implementation journey to ultimately achieve Excellence in Execution. The themes are:
• Create Awareness
• Build Excellence
• Follow Through
DBS Bank has recognized the need for both a winning strategy and a successful execution. CEO Piyush Gupta and his leadership team kindly allowed me to interview team members, research the bank’s approach and detail its successful five-year implementation journey for this book.
At the end of each chapter, you’ll find thought-provoking questions to ask as you build your organization’s execution plan. The HOW (How Organizations Win) echoes the book’s subtitle through these questions.
Throughout both Part One and Part Two, you’ll find Powerful Execution Tips, which are snippets of best practices. You can download a summary of these from our portal called the Implementation Hub.
Excellence in Execution aims to transform your thinking about strategy execution and how you approach it. Readers won’t always agree with everything they read, but that’s my goal. I aim to provoke you into thinking differently and taking different actions—ones that can reverse the staggering failure rate of execution and assist in your organization’s overall success.