" Where are you likely to find people with the least diversity ofexperience, the largest investment in the past, and the g...
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Thomas Watson proclaimed in 1943 that there is a world market for 5 computers
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fiercest stumbling blocks to effective transformation are at the top.http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/37022706/
Strategy has very little chanceStrategy has very little chanceto get executed, if the topto get executed, if the topmanage...
An Energy Major into Real EstateAn Energy Major into Real EstateConsider a case of a large scale real estate development f...
Subsequent focus groups revealed that theSubsequent focus groups revealed that the consumers loved the design &consumers l...
 Senior managers (executingSenior managers (executingthe project), keptthe project), keptemphasizing that theemphasizing ...
The critical first step inThe critical first step intransformation istransformation is toto generate buy-in from thegener...
Change is an imperative, not a good to have. The top guy has to recognize that.Change is an imperative, not a good to have...
Top managers need to own the change, the need to run to stay at the same placeTop managers need to own the change, the nee...
As Anita Roddick of the highlyAs Anita Roddick of the highlyinnovative Body Shop, said,innovative Body Shop, said,"I watch...
For more on strategy execution by Sarvajeet Chandrahttp://strategy-execution.blogspot.comhttp://www.mastersungroup.com
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Are you a Bottleneck or a Champion ? CEO's role in Strategy Implementation

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It is interesting that any strategy execution or a transformation process encounters its most severe hurdle at the very top. As Gary Hamel said in HBR

“ Where are you likely to find people with the least diversity of experience, the largest investment in the past, and the greatest reverence for industry dogma?
At the top!”

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  1. " Where are you likely to find people with the least diversity ofexperience, the largest investment in the past, and the greatestreverence for industry dogma?At the top!” ……….Gary Hamelhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/noelii/2534048747/
  2. Bottleneck at the top of the bottle http://www.flickr.com/photos/noelii/2534048747/
  3. Thomas Watson proclaimed in 1943 that there is a world market for 5 computers
  4. Bill Gates commented that 640 Kbyte should be enough memory for everyonehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/43225918@N00/2244447400/
  5. fiercest stumbling blocks to effective transformation are at the top.http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/37022706/
  6. Strategy has very little chanceStrategy has very little chanceto get executed, if the topto get executed, if the topmanagement refuses tomanagement refuses tochampion or sponsor the causechampion or sponsor the cause
  7. An Energy Major into Real EstateAn Energy Major into Real EstateConsider a case of a large scale real estate development for an Indian energyConsider a case of a large scale real estate development for an Indian energymajor, where themajor, where the top boss commented that the architectural design istop boss commented that the architectural design is bold &bold &perhaps will not be easily acceptable to Indian consumersperhaps will not be easily acceptable to Indian consumers..http://www.flickr.com/photos/wang_qian_021386/2603959895/
  8. Subsequent focus groups revealed that theSubsequent focus groups revealed that the consumers loved the design &consumers loved the design &craved for a world class luxury developmentcraved for a world class luxury development in their backyards.in their backyards.http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmecelab/2323995433/
  9.  Senior managers (executingSenior managers (executingthe project), keptthe project), keptemphasizing that theemphasizing that thedevelopment plan needs todevelopment plan needs tobe alteredbe altered without givingwithout givingany logical reasonsany logical reasons , just so, just sothat they remain on thethat they remain on theright side of the top boss.right side of the top boss. TheyThey refuted all consumerrefuted all consumerdata & researchdata & research and reliedand reliedonly on the focus group ofonly on the focus group ofone- the top boss.one- the top boss. As for the developmentAs for the developmentexpertise of the top boss,expertise of the top boss,well he may have built awell he may have built abungalow or two forbungalow or two forhimself.himself.
  10. The critical first step inThe critical first step intransformation istransformation is toto generate buy-in from thegenerate buy-in from thetop bosstop boss & his senior& his seniormanagersmanagers spend considerable time tospend considerable time toseek inputs & encourageseek inputs & encourageinvolvementinvolvement from the topfrom the topmanagementmanagement top management needs to betop management needs to begivengiven specific roles to steerspecific roles to steerthe programmethe programme to its logicalto its logicalconclusionconclusion enlisting them as championsenlisting them as championshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew_k/635686037/
  11. Change is an imperative, not a good to have. The top guy has to recognize that.Change is an imperative, not a good to have. The top guy has to recognize that.http://www.flickr.com/photos/28664154@N07/2676753910/
  12. Top managers need to own the change, the need to run to stay at the same placeTop managers need to own the change, the need to run to stay at the same placehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bootbearwdc/14130889/
  13. As Anita Roddick of the highlyAs Anita Roddick of the highlyinnovative Body Shop, said,innovative Body Shop, said,"I watch where the cosmetics"I watch where the cosmeticsindustry is going and then walkindustry is going and then walkin the opposite direction."in the opposite direction."http://www.flickr.com/photos/21845095@N06/2828572501/
  14. For more on strategy execution by Sarvajeet Chandrahttp://strategy-execution.blogspot.comhttp://www.mastersungroup.com

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