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.