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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

HBR Summer: Post #1

HBR Cover Story: This summer’s HBR’s cover story screams “The Effective Organization: Turn Great Strategies into Great Results.” The lead article, “The Execution Trap” by Roger Martin (Dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto), says it best in a single line: “Drawing a line between strategy and execution almost guarantees failure.” Thinking that the smart generals are at the top of the organization drawing up strategies and the foot soldiers just implement with no integration…but a yes-sir attitude…will not only lose the corporate war battle but the entire war. Rather, Martin argues for a “cascade of better choices” in four steps: Explain the choice and rationale; Identify the next downstream choice; Help subordinates make the downstream choice as needed; Modify the original choice based on downstream feedback.

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