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Strategy Execution: shaping a winning culture

Why acknowledging performance and shaping a winning culture is a crucial part of successful strategy execution

Leaders, are you doing enough to acknowledge individual performance and celebrate your teams success? Are you actively shaping a winning culture?

Brightline has published an excellent set of 10 guiding principles to bridge the ubiquitous gap between strategy design, execution and delivery, and we think it should be required reading for all leaders. The Brightline Initiative™ is a coalition of leading global organizations assembled by the Project Management Institute (PMI), dedicated to, in their words, "helping executives bridge the expensive and unproductive gap between strategy design and delivery."

We’re particularly pleased that they recognized the importance of acknowledging performance in their list of 10 key guiding principles; point 10 "the need to celebrate success and recognize those who have done good work"

"Inspiring people is part of your job! Yes, you have to drive accountability and focus on delivery, but you also need to motivate those who do the work. Actively shape a winning culture by engaging and exciting the people responsible for delivering strategic change programs. Celebrate successes and quick wins. Generously and publicly acknowledge those who demonstrate the leadership behaviours and program delivery capabilities that make strategy succeed and ask them to share their experiences".

According to strategy implementation facts and figures from The Performance Factory

  • 27 percent of people don’t receive any individual feedback;
  • 17 percent of people indicate that performance isn’t monitored, and;
  • More than one third – 37 percent – have never had the opportunity to participate in a 360° skills assessment exercise.

According to Oxford Economics Workforce 2020 Report "66% of employees surveyed valued competitive compensation as highly important but only 30% of employees said that their company offers this".

At EXM we understand the need for Senior Executives to create effective mechanisms to deploy a variable compensation model linked to the strategy, track performance reviews of their team as well as publicly acknowledge those who demonstrate the leadership behaviours that make the strategy succeed. That’s why we include acknowledge individual performance and celebrate success in our 9 Steps to Perfect Strategy Execution and Control.

It's great to see performance elements of the strategy execution process highlighted in the study and recognition that execution of an organisations strategy and business plan is the responsibility of every individual.

By building in these capabilities they can serve not only to realise your strategy today but also help you to build capabilities for future strategies.

9 ways to shape a winning culture

  1. Motivate and inspire the people that you work with
  2. Engage with your people
  3. Acknowledge team performance
  4. Recognise individual work
  5. Offer individuals feedback
  6. Celebrate success and quick wins
  7. Generously and publicly acknowledge those who demonstrate leadership behaviours
  8. Monitor and track performance
  9. Deploy a variable compensation model

What Next?

Could the right strategy execution solution help you reach your strategy execution goals?  EXM is a powerful strategy execution solution that

  • Can turn your beautiful strategy slide deck into something tangible that your teams can deliver.
  • Puts focus on translating the CEO’s big ideas into a set of projects that make it real.
  • Gives team members the ability to measure their contribution in real-time. 
  • Provides the vital link between the formulation of your strategy and its effective execution.

Are you ready to take the next steps in developing the digital fitness to transform your strategy execution capabilities?   Schedule your strategy execution call and dive deeper into the actions you can take to maximise the delivery of your value-creation plan. 


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