Is execution a people or a strategy problem?

I’ve recently seen in the Harvard Business review that strategy execution is a people problem, not a strategy problem.

And I disagree with this.

The implementation of strategy is inextricably part of that strategy. A strategy that can’t be implemented or a strategy that is poorly implemented is to me a poor strategy. ¬†Thinking through the execution phase is an important part of strategic thinking. ¬†Strategy is BOTH what and how, and why, and where, and how much.

But beneath this discussion, is a further discussion of how to ease implementation of strategy. Now that is a subject worth discussing… which I will do next.