Why strategic initiatives fail to deliver. 26 Reasons

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Why strategic initiatives fail to deliver. 26 Reasons

  1. 1. “ 1p ag e Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 1
  2. 2. There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things" Niccolo Machiavelli 2p ag e Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 2
  3. 3. …..and Today it is Everywhere So what are the pitfalls of strategic initiatives? Shirley Williams1 2 -1 2 -2 4 3 page 3
  4. 4. The Strategy1. Failing to define your ideal future vision in the beginning2. Developing a shared vision3. Failing to clarify and simplify4. Developing only superficial vision, mission and values statements5. Forgetting that people support what they help create and involved in Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 4 page 4
  5. 5. The Strategy Continued6. Failing to make tough choices to future directions and obsolete tasks7. Neglecting to gauge yourself against the competition8. Conducting only long-range financial forecasting9. Poor information on social, competitive, economic, political, technical, industry and customer influences10. Using confusing terminology and language Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 5 page 5
  6. 6. The Plan11. Failing to integrate planning at all levels12. Conducting “business as usual” after strategically planning otherwise13. Commitment to the plan14. Having an actual living plan15. Resourcing to develop the plan16. Managing the plan Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 6 page 6
  7. 7. The Implementation17.Frequently changing priorities and focus; not persevering on one track18.Inconsistent decisions19.Failing to design/ complete an effective (measured) implementation process20.No management of implementation and process of change21.Difficultly in keeping up momentum in implementation Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 7
  8. 8. The Implementation Continued22.Low commitment to the final products of the strategic plan23.Failure to provide the needed resources (financial and personnel) to implement24.Differing directions/priorities among business/organizational units25.Conflicts, politics, lack of interpersonal skills among top management when working together26.Burnout Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 8
  9. 9. Many of the pitfalls are linked to the soft side of the strategy Shirley Williams1 2 -1 2 -2 4 9 page 9
  10. 10. Strategic Change is no about justthrowing up a new organization structure or sending an email. You need to have an organization change strategy and plan page 1 0
  11. 11.  This is Not Human Resources Strategy and Enterprise initiatives are about change It is about managing the live-ware of the initiative Shirley Williams1 2 -1 2 -2 4 11 page 1 1
  12. 12. Organization Change management: is a process to manage the people side of an initiative, systeminstallation, process and organizational change. is competency applied to move people from the current state, throughtransition to a future state.is a strategic capability to increase the organizational change capacityto accelerate changes within an organization. Current Transition Future Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 12 page 1 2
  13. 13.  Integrate the plan  Plan the live-ware  Pick a model  Ensure active sponsorship  Flex your leadership style Shirley Williams1 2 -1 2 -2 4 13 page 1 3
  14. 14. About Shirley Williams. Shirley Williams has had a dynamic and assertive management career that has led to a reputation of a visionary, result-driven and passionate leader with excellent strategic implementation and motivational abilities. Shirley has had 20+ years in the Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Information Technology. Shirley is the principal consultant and owner at William Pearl and Social Media Pearls. Shirley consults in strategy, business transformation, team development and social media. Shirley http://www.william pear l.c om also has her own Talk Radio Show on Social Business Environment http://www.soc ialm ediapear ls.c om and Healthcare. Follow MeC r edits:Cartoons by David Waisglass, Gordan Coulthart Shirley Williams 1 2 -1 2 -2 4 14 14

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