Strategy execution gap

Bridge the strategy-execution gap

Why does this gap arise?
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How do simulations help?
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The Strategy-Execution Gap
When we speak to key business leaders, one standard question we pop is about their ‘biggest challenge’. A vast majority say strategy execution. They describe it as a problem in drilling-down, and talk about ‘transmission loss’ between each level of management.

We explored the problem, and found that most companies take good care of process capabilities. However the ‘people’ side of strategy execution often lies neglected – primarily because a practical solution wasn’t readily available. We identified 4 major reasons for this strategy-execution gap.

Functional silos
As managers immerse themselves in their own functions, myopia begins to set in – leading to a silo-ed approach in the long run. While this functional expertise is necessary, it needs to be complemented with a holistic view – a ‘CEO’s perspective’, so to speak.

Always on code-red
Most of your middle managers have been held responsible for day-to-day operations for many years – and are therefore used to dealing with urgent issues. They are adept at ‘reacting’ to operational challenges, and quite comfortable dealing with escalations. However, when they need to move out of this mode to advance planning, they struggle. They need help in understanding the dangers of excessive firefighting – and the benefits of advance planning for their own work, as well as the organization.

Lack of customer’s perspective
Another impact of managers getting silo-ed is that they do not acquire a customer’s perspective (or ClientView, as we call it).

They may thus end up spending most of their energies in marginal improvements – missing out on strategic investments in the process. They need to understand the importance of sustainable differentiators.

Little visibility to financial impact
Middle managers have little visibility as to how their decisions impact the company’s financial performance. This gap is much higher when it comes understanding the long term impact (on the company’s P&L) – as they have not been able to relate to the impact of a bad decision made years ago (the ‘lag’ effect), they do not comprehend the cost of blocking/delaying strategic initiatives.

How do simulations help?

Your top management has a broader perspective, as well as multiple tools to help them execute your company’s strategic initiatives. Our simulation programs help your managers step in to the shoes of your top executives and get a first-hand experience of the issues involved (and the benefits of execution). They get the same perspective and tools, ensuring that their speed and quality as the principal ‘implementors’ of your company’s strategy improves significantly.

Who is this program for?

Mid-level management (8 – 15 years of experience)

Managers executing key and strategic projects

High potential functional managers

The enParadigm advantage

We have worked with 300+ companies across 20+ industries. We thus understand key business levers in various industries – which puts us in a unique position to design simulation workshops based on your specific business imperatives.