7 STRATEGY QUESTIONS by Robert Simons - Best Business Books

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The problem is rarely the quality of the strategy, it is almost always the quality of the execution

The approach of this concise book is to focus on seven questions that will ensure the best implementation of your strategy. It is the result of Prof Simon's 25 years of working with companies and his research.

The first two questions test whether you've built a strong foundation for strategy execution. The next two address your ability to focus everyone's attention on your strategic agenda. Questions five and six ask whether you have done enough to facilitate the behaviours needed for success. The final question focuses on the future and your company's ability to adapt to change.

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  • 7 STRATEGY QUESTIONS by Robert Simons - Best Business Books

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Kay
Cosmetics Toyota Amazon GM P&G Loreal Bezos Cisco JPMorgan
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    4. 4. How
do
your
core
values
prioritize
 Shareholders,
employees
and
customers? Who
put’s
shareholder’s
first? Jack
Welsh Employees
first Have
staff
surveys
clarify
this
    5. 5. What
critical
performance
variables
are
you
tracking? CEO
Bill
Marriotts
theory
widely
understood Is
more
better? Old
MacDonalds Warren
buffet Measures
    6. 6. What
strategic
boundaries
have
you
set? Under
pressure
to
perform Telling
what
to
do
vs.
what
not Hire Toyota Walmart Starbucks
    7. 7. How
are
you
generating
creative
tension? Cornered
rat
theory
of
creativity Toyota Ranking
individuals Allocating
real
costs
to
BU
    8. 8. How
committed
are
your
employees
to
helping
each
other?  Not
important
where
you
eat
what
you
kill  SWA  John
Chambers
Cisco  Military  Nucor
    9. 9. What
strategic
uncertainties
keep
you
awake
at
night? J&Js
competitors AOL Brosidy‐
quest
for
1%
of
information Interactive
control
systems Choosing
which
system
to
use
interactively Keep
it
simple Top
down
questioning,
bottom
up
learning
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