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Strategy and Execution

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Strategy or Execution which is more important?

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Strategy and Execution
Er. P.Das C
20 months ago

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Beware of perfectly asking the wrong question: start by framing it


For real world pragmatic audience who need to accomplish something of significance, relevance, and value -- the question is wrong.

  • Both are equally important -- although at the beginning of the project / program / product, strategy is more important.
  • Then it is a matter of continuous adaptive cycles of strategic and execution 'sense & respond' .


Nevertheless,

  • For theoretical audience who need to learn what strategy means, why, and how -- strategy will be more important.
  • For theoretical audience who need to learn what execution means, why, and how -- execution will be more important.



Ron Ribitzky
20 months ago
Exactly strategy and execution both have importance. At starting strategy there after execution. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
I think if you gave your best in strategies then not that much work left in execution.And if you gave very less time to strategies then you need to spend a lot time in execution. - Er. 20 months ago
However both are inter related. If adequate strategy shall be maintained it will be comfortable to complete work as per plan and goal. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
Didnt DEMMING say: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast"? - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
@DavidMarcinkoo - w/all due respect to Demming, this kind of catchy-sounding quote "Culture eats strategy for breakfast" sound great for the moment -- just to dissipate upon a bit more insightful consideration. Culture-ignorant strategy is ignorant.. It should be cannibalized - by culture or otherwise.. So, no.... I am totally UNIMPRESSED by THIS Demming';s quote.. - Ron 20 months ago
Dont really disagree - And, I dislike needless tautologies even more - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
On the other hand: THINK - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her cultural vs. strategic revolution? - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
Good description. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
Many thanks - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
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Strategy puts plans into action to reach desired goals which are written document that details about steps and processes needed to reach plan goals and includes feedback and progress reports to ensure that the plan is on track of execution management plan put to work. 

Er. Jangyadutta D
20 months ago
True ...all is like a method we have to followed all over our work to execute the business to hit the target. - Er. 20 months ago
If strategy shall not be clear plan will be at stake. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
Definitely...True - Er. 20 months ago
Strategy must be flexible and market responsive - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
Exactly, I agree. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
Me too! - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
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'Ready-Fire-Aim' comes to mind. How many companies adopt a 'do something' approach rather than determining what they should be doing? How many people are rewarded for 'fire fighting' but they started the fire in the first place.
Strategy first but this includes a resource plan to make sure that they people are available to deliver it. A poorly executed strategy is also know as FUBAR.

David Cottrell
20 months ago
Agree and well said - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
melius anceps remedium quam nullum - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
Agreed. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
DITTO = melius anceps remedium quam nullum - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
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'Strategy Without Execution Is Hallucination!' https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlmoore/2012/05/31/strategy-without-execution-is-hallucination/#51306b2e7ea8

Patrick Henz
20 months ago
OK - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
Right. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
Thanks - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
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Solid strategic plans are fairly common, but well-devised strategic plans by a unified leadership team committed to executing the plan over the next few years is RARE! A decent strategy well-executed trumps a wonderful strategy poorly executed. So the answer is one without the other is worthless!

Don Barefoot
20 months ago
Agreed - nicely said - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
Yes. - Er. Jangyadutta 20 months ago
Agree - Dr. David E. 20 months ago
Always the weakest brick counts, a wonderful strategy poorly executed and a poor strategy wonderfully executed mostly lead to the same poor result. Of course there may be also external factors, which independent from strategy and execution can lead to positive or negative results. - Patrick 20 months ago
OK = nothing new - Dr. David E. 20 months ago

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