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The Strategy of Execution


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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1
Companies Spend Billions on Strategy 1
Five Steps to Execution 4

1 Mobilize the Village 7
Cisco Gets It 7
The Shifting Problem 11
The Village 13
Getting the Village Moving 24
Summary 35

2 Gather the Elders 37
Whatever Happened at Nokia? 37
The Elders 40
The Gamification of Leadership 44
Building Wise Elders 53
Good Governance 64
Summary 68

3 Power Up Feeling 71
Aristotle and Euripides 71
Thinking Gets in the Way 74
Trust Your Instinct 75
Brush Up Your EQ 81
A New Skill Set for Execution 86
Purpose and Passion 93
Summary 101

4 Energize People 103
The Swanborough Tump 103
Connecting for a Culture of Execution 108
Getting Ownership 116
Follow-Through 125
Summary 136

5 Build Endurance 139
Strategy Has Become a Sprint 140
Marathon Endurance 142
Running the Strategy Execution Marathon 144
Endurance Is a Formula 149
Organizational Endurance 163
Summary 170

6 Five Steps to Strategy Execution 173
Pulling It All Together 173
Self-Assessment Guide 183

Notes 187
Index 201

About the Author

DR. LIZ MELLON has spent the last 25 years designing, developing, and delivering leadership development programs, initially as a professor at London Business School and currently as executive director at Duke CE, the world's leading executive education provider. The world's most influential global ranking of management thought leaders, Thinkers50, has listed Mellon on its "Guru Radar."

SIMON CARTER, former CEO of Baxi Heating UK, was featured by the BBC for his work in leading corporate transformation during a period of challenging union dominance in the 1990s. Since stepping down as chairman, Carter has been an advisor to FTSE companies all over the world.

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