dimanche 5 janvier 2014

Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution

I've just finished reading "Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution" by Robert Simons. This book is concise, inspiring, well written and contains execution approaches that are simple to use in daily business operations.

The author Robert Simons, a professor at Harvard Business School, states that three things in life are certain: (1) death, (2) taxes, and (3) the fact that today’s strategy won’t work tomorrow. 

Simons, argues that to stay ahead of the pack, you must translate your competitive strategy into day-to-day actions that will enable your company to win in the marketplace. This means channeling resources into the right efforts, striking a balance between innovation and control, and getting everyone pulling in the same direction. He asks seven questions which are supposed to create the necessary management dialogue.

By posing these provocative questions, you identify critical gaps in your strategy execution processes, focus on the most important choices you must make, and understand what's at stake in each one.

Simons writes, it's about "tightening your business thinking" and avoiding "unstated assumptions that, if poorly conceived, can sap your business of its energy and potential."

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