Strategy and Execution

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One of the most vexing challenges for any organization has to do with strategy and execution. How does an organization determine its strategy? Once determined, how does the same organization effectively execute it? By no means do I consider myself an expert in this area, but both questions fall squarely on my plate as the President/CEO of a 501(c)(6) trade association. Indeed, two of the bullets on my job description put those responsibilities into very clear terms:

  • Strategy: Coordinates the establishment of the organization's short- and long-term strategic goals and objectives, as developed and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Execution: Directs the organization towards meeting its goals and objectives.

There. Do them. But how? Well, that's what I'm still trying to figure out. And this blog will be a repository of my experiments and musings on the subject.

Here's an index of the related posts appearing here:

12/11/17 - Working Committee Have Plenty To Do
10/16/17 - When Action Items Aren't Action Items
10/09/17 - When Governance Means Governance
08/28/17 - Moving the Goal Posts
05/08/17 - Goals Lead to Tactics
05/01/17 - When Goals Seem Impossible
04/24/17 - Prioritizing Sends a Message
03/06/17 - The Song Remains the Same
01/23/17 - Association Staff and the Marriage of Strategy and Resources
11/21/16 - Because I Said So
10/24/16 - Defining the Right Ends Takes Time
08/22/16 - You Can't Please Everyone
08/01/16 - Bonuses Should Reward High Organizational Performance
07/18/16 - What's Your Number One Priority?
03/21/16 - It's Working...Now What?
03/14/16 - It's Working
02/29/16 - 4DX Is Harder Than It Reads, Part 2
02/22/16 - 4DX Is Harder Than It Reads
02/15/16 - Choose Your Objective Before You SWOT
01/04/16 - Take Baby Steps Towards the Right Metrics
12/14/15 - Tracking Metrics Isn't Easy or Free
11/23/15 - Yellow Lights Really Do Mean Caution
11/02/15 - Action Plans Describe the Steps Staff Will Take
10/12/15 - Program Objectives Define What Staff Will Actually Do
09/28/15 - Goals Define How Much You'll Move the Needle
09/14/15 - An Example of an Operational Plan
08/31/15 - The Essential Elements of an Operational Plan
08/17/15 - The Link to the Operational Plan
07/27/15 - Success Indicators Show Movement Towards Your Vision
07/13/15 - Ends Statements Describe the World You Will Create
07/06/15 - "We're Clearly Doing Things Right...
06/29/15 - Strategic Priorities Define the "Businesses" You Are In
06/22/15 - The Very Essence
06/15/15 - A Mission Is Short and to the Point
06/01/15 - An Example of a Strategy Agenda
05/11/15 - The Association CEO Is a Storyteller
05/04/15 - The Essential Elements of a Strategy Agenda
04/27/15 - A Strategy Agenda Is Not a Strategic Plan

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