The 5 most common strategy execution challenges

first_img continue reading » Studies show that on average 67 percent of companies fall short in achieving their strategic goals. In the wise words of Stephen Covey, “Most leaders would agree they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution, then a superb strategy with poor execution.”So why is strategy execution so difficult? Is it process, people, systems? Who or what is responsible for the lack of strategic goal attainment? This article will address the most common strategy execution challenges while also providing change management recommendations that can be quickly adopted to begin the transformation to a highly effective strategy execution company.Let’s lay out a typical scenario that happens in many organizations today. The leadership team schedules a strategic planning offsite retreat where the brain trust of the company comes together to create the latest winning strategy. After two days or so, the team has agreed to a set of strategic goals critical to the growth and—potentially—the viability of the company. The strategic plan is pulled together in a nice tidy document and plans are made to share it at an upcoming all-staff meeting. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Jessie E. Hamm, 80

first_imgJessie E. Hamm, 80, of Greensburg passed away at 12:20pm Saturday, November 12, 2016 at her home. She was born in Indianapolis on September 8, 1936 the daughter of Frank and Edith Odom. Survivors include two sons Robert (Angie) Hamm, and Mark (Anna) Hamm both of Pittsboro; two daughters Patricia (Joe) Hampton, and Katherine (Terry) Fenley both of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers Homer Odom and Harry Odom both of Indianapolis; one sister Ann (Bill) Taylor of Plainfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Rocky Hamm, her grandson Jimmy Ray Keeton, her sisters Rosie Cheeks and Helen Anderson, and her brothers Bob Carnes and Frank Marcum. Mrs. Hamm was a homemaker and had worked as a cook at Frank & Marys in Pittsboro. In her spare time Jessie enjoyed tending to her flowers, sewing, crafts, and was an avid reader. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Marble Corner Cemetery at Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Marble Corner Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Hockey season far from over

first_imgWith the men’s and women’s hockey teams bringing a pair of those shiny championship trophies back to Madison, it’s safe to say that most students have had enough of hockey for a little while.In fact, most American sports fans would tell you that they’re done watching pucks fly until October, when college hockey resumes once again.Not for me, though. As cool as it was to witness two teams at my school earn national championships in a matter of a month — during my freshman year — the fun hasn’t even really begun yet. There’s still two more months of good hockey left.I’m talking about the NHL playoffs, the great race for Lord Stanley’s Cup.Editors’ note: Since Mr. Brenner declined to explain what the “NHL” is, we, the editors, feel inclined to inform the reader that it stands for the National Hockey League. It’s the professional version of college hockey, which we all have learned to love. You can learn more about said “NHL” on the Internet, or by calling up any Canadian person you know. — Respectfully, the EditorsThe NFL postseason is fantastic, the MLB playoffs have had their moments, and the NBA playoffs are great as well. But thinking back on my 19 years of experience watching sports, I must admit that my greatest postseason memories have definitely happened in the NHL playoffs.I’ll admit something else right off the bat … I’ve barely watched a game all year. I used to be a die-hard Colorado Avalanche fan and a die-harder Detroit Red Wings hater, but that part of my life as passed.That’s probably due to a combination of three things. First, there’s the lockout, which cancelled all NHL games for the 2004-05 season. There’s also the fact that I moved to Wisconsin, a state that lacks a pro team (something I’ll never be able to figure out why). As a result of the latter reason, Madison doesn’t seem to televise many regional NHL games at all.However, in the past, I would be able to rely on national broadcasts, but there’s your third reason why I haven’t been keeping up on the Avalanche. There is none, since ESPN decided to drop their contract with the NHL.Oh, sure, there’s OLN, putting games on the air on Monday and Tuesday nights. But I tried watching a few games, and it just wasn’t the same without Gary Thorne, Steve Levy and Barry Melrose. Besides, I just can’t take a network seriously when it prides itself upon nonstop coverage of a bicycle race once a year.However, it all changed last Saturday. NBC began televising games Jan. 14 and continued into mid-February with some weekend games. But last weekend, I had a few minutes and turned on the tube, and NBC was showing my Avs taking on the St. Louis Blues.Within two minutes, Joe Sakic — my childhood hero and former neighbor just down the street in Littleton, Colo., — ripped that beautiful wrister of his past the Blues netminder.At that point, I had a revelation. The NHL playoffs — for the first time in 24 months — are coming up, and I wouldn’t be Aaron Brenner if I missed ’em.I mean, the NHL playoffs have produced such great moments as the five-overtime thriller between Dallas and Anaheim in 2003, the New Jersey Devils clinching the championship with a Jason Arnott overtime goal and guys like Dave Andreychuk and Ray Bourque riding off into the sunset by winning the Stanley Cup in their final games (all right, I’m a little biased on that last one).But let’s talk about that Cup for a second, because that’s the best part of the whole playoffs. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the Stanley Cup is the absolute coolest championship trophy in the world of sports. Hands down.I mean, like I said before, those NCAA plaques look nice, but how cool is it to watch the players parade around the ice with this massive silver Cup after clinching the title, pumping it up and down, kissing it, the whole bit? It’s an unbelievably time-honored tradition, something lacking from football, baseball and basketball, where the trophy itself means very little.Speaking of tradition, the Cup is full of that. It was purchased in 1892 by Lord Stanley, who thought the best hockey team in the world (or Canada at that time, to be more specific; hockey wasn’t exactly a worldwide sport in the 19th century) should be represented with a silver cup. It was first used in the NHL in 1918 and will be awarded for the 87th time to the winner of these upcoming Cup playoffs.Each player on the winning team will get to travel with the Cup wherever they want and do whatever they want for a day in the offseason, another super-cool tradition of the playoffs.So I guess that, while I’m not quite the Avs fan I used to be, I’m officially pumped for two more full months of hockey. I just hope I’m not the only one.Otherwise, it might just be a whole lot of Canadians and me tuning in.Yes, you just read a column on the NHL. No, Aaron did not write this on a dare. You can make fun of his love for professional hockey by e-mailing comments to [email protected]last_img read more

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Sanders says 2020 field united in mission against Trump

first_imgINDIANOLA — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders opened his first Iowa campaign event of the weekend with a unity message.“Certainly I hope that we are going to win, but if we do not win, we will support the winner and I know that every other candidate will do the same,” Sanders said. “We are united in understanding that we must defeat Donald Trump.”On Friday evening, a congresswoman who has been campaigning for Sanders booed Hillary Clinton from the stage of an event in central Iowa. The congresswoman issued an apology via Tweet on Saturday, but the episode — along with Clinton’s comments about Sanders in a documentary — highlighted the Sanders-Clinton conflict of 2016.Sanders at Simpson College event Saturdaybefore the Iowa Caucuses.Sanders has been off the Iowa campaign trail due to the impeachment trial. During a speech early Saturday afternoon in Indianola, he suggested the issues raised during the trial will be decided by voters in 2020.“Do we have an administration that thinks they are above the law, they can do whatever they want, they can lie, they can obstruct congress, prevent oversight?” Sanders asked.Many in Saturday afternoon’s crowd were Sanders campaign volunteers from other states who’re knocking on doors, hoping to persuade more Iowans to participate in Monday night’s Caucuses. According to Sanders, he’ll lose if turn-out is low.“Let us see Iowa having the largest Caucus turnout in the history of this great state,” Sanders said, to cheers as Sanders ended his remarks.In the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, Sanders finished three-tenths of a percent behind Clinton in the delegate count. Recent polls have suggested Sanders is leading or near the front of the competitors for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.last_img read more

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Bayern rout Benfica to reach last 16, ease pressure on Kovac

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Bayern Munich celebrateMunich, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich romped to an emphatic 5-1 home win against Benfica on Tuesday to qualify for the Champions League last 16 and ease the pressure on coach Niko Kovac.Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice before Franck Ribery completed the rout at the Allianz Arena after Gedson Fernandes had pulled one back for Benfica.Kovac’s team shrugged off lacklustre league form — winning just two and losing three of their last eight Bundesliga games — with a convincing display.“These goals were important not just for me, but for the team,” said Robben.“We played well, found the right tempo, attacked well and we did not concede much.“It’s a convincing win and that’s exactly what we needed at the moment.”The victory eases the pressure on Kovac, who now needs another win at Werder Bremen on Saturday in the league.“We all know how it works in football, but we win together and we lose together, the coach is one of us, we work intensively together every day,” added Robben.This is the 11th season in succession Bayern have reached the last 16 of the Champions League.While Bayern sit just fifth in the Bundesliga, they are flying in Europe, having now chalked up four wins and a draw in the Champions League’s group stage.They need just a point at Ajax in a fortnight to win Group A, while the best Benfica can hope for is third and a place in the Europa League knock-out phase.Bayern were unrecognisable from the team which leaked goals in a 3-3 draw with Bundesliga strugglers Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. They went ahead after just 13 minutes when Robben produced a stunning piece of skill for his 30th Champions League goal.There was nothing on when the Dutch veteran darted through three defenders on the right wing, cut inside another and hit the top left corner with a superb shot.The 34-year-old doubled Bayern’s lead by wrong-footing Benfica defenders German Conti and crashing his shot past Odysseas Vlachodimos on 30 minutes.The third goal followed six minutes later when Lewandowski rose highest for a corner and steered 50th Champions League goal into the net via the post.Bayern went into the break at 3-0, but they could have been five up as Vlachodimos twice had to palm shots away by Thomas Mueller and Lewandowski.However, the defensive errors which have blighted their recent performances returned to haunt Bayern straight after the break.Benfica boss Rui Vitoria brought on Portugal international Gedson Fernandes for the second half and the teenage midfielder took just 48 seconds to score.Gedson sprinted onto a through pass and finished off a counter attack by slotting past Manuel Neuer to stun the hosts.Bayern restored their three-goal cushion just five minutes later when Lewandowski again headed home another Kimmich corner.Ribery capped a gala night with an exchange of passes with David Alaba to slam home Bayern’s fifth 13 minutes from time and claim his first Champions League goal for more than three years.South Korean teenager Woo-Yeong Jeong, 19, came on for his senior Bayern Munich debut in the dying stages.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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