Strategy Implementation: Governance is Essential

by Dr Neil Miller 24. December 2010 14:09
When implementing a strategy, the focus is usually on doing what needs to be done to get the strategy done.  However governance is also required to ensure that the processes applied stay within the organization’s agreed business rules and norms.  In addition, governance ensures that any collateral damage to other activities is minimized.  In many cases, collateral damage is subtle, because it may stem from taking resources that are needed by other activities.  For example, this could reduce the motivation of people doing other activities, leading to sub-optimal perf... [More]

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Strategy Engagement with People

by Dr Neil Miller 23. December 2010 16:42
The effective implementation of strategies is critical to an organization’s success.  However the methods and tools used to implement strategies are often poorly integrated.  Consequently there is a large reliance on people interpreting what needs to be done and then actually doing it. Wikipedia provides a practical definition of Strategy, as a word of military origin that refers to a plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal.  In military usage strategy is distinct from tactics, which are concerned with the conduct of an engagement (implementation), while stra... [More]

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Ensuring that Meeting Actions are done

by Dr Neil Miller 17. December 2010 13:44
Communications are an essential part of working together.  Meetings are commonly used for collaborative communications where things need to be agreed or decided. People can meet together at the same location or use technology from different locations.  Meetings can be formal (with an agenda) or informal (usually to solve problems). Most meetings generate actions that need to be done by one or more of the participants.  Sometimes a participant needs to assign an action to someone who was not at the meeting. Often the methods used to record, track, follow up actions until they... [More]

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Planning is Important, but Implementing gets things done

by Dr Neil Miller 13. December 2010 11:28
No matter how good a plan is, if it is not effectively implemented it is of little value.  There are many approaches to planning, but few include a simple way to implement the plan. In our workplaces, there are many different types of plans.  Business plans, corporate plans, and strategic plans provide high level direction; change plans and project plans provide more detail on how high level plans will be implemented; and action plans and work plans provide the detail about who will do what, when and with whom. All these plans require people to do things to implement them.  C... [More]

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