Managers play a crucial role in executing strategy. They contribute content, are the links between organisational levels, and act as performance role models.
Strategy remains a paper exercise without managers taking the right actions and fulfilling their roles.
So, what can you do to be a successful performance-oriented individual – a performance hero − and avoid ending up as a re-inventor of new strategies on beautiful PowerPoint slides – a strategy tourist?
- First of all, you need to be convinced of the importance of Strategy Execution and committed to getting it done. This requires extra effort, as most managers find it easier to re-invent a new strategy than to implement one.
- Secondly, you need to make sure you have a good understanding of what Strategy Execution is all about and how you can maximise your crucial role in the whole process.
- Finally, you need to build your Strategy Execution skills. Strategy Execution skills are part of your leadership skills. Being a good manager means being good at executing strategy. And whether you are a rookie manager or a senior executive, you can always improve your skills.
If you play a leading role in your organisation, you need to put the right processes in place to assure that all managers in your company become performance heroes.
This is a challenge in itself.
If you work for a larger organisation, pay special attention to middle management as this group tends to be the most difficult one to get on board.
So, the second law is all about the manager and his crucial role in executing strategy.