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Another Way to Think About Achieving Breakthrough Results

Author Keith McFarland opened up a workshop I attended this week with this question: If you were going to create a list that is as long as possible, but as short as necessary of the things that determine whether a business wins or loses, what would be on your list?

The audience shouted out likely responses – vision, competitive differentiation, teamwork, talent, leadership, focus, value creation, etc. All of which bucketed into three broad themes: Strategy, Execution and People. Certainly these are nothing new in management literature, but it is always refreshing to hear a different take or emphasis on these standard practices. Here are some key takeaways in each area:

With these practices, any leader can avoid the traps of traditional strategic planning: it’s too infrequent, it’s too exclusive, and it’s too CEO centric.

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