Strategy execution more often than not feels like work, rather than true execution. Sometimes it feels like rework, when we keep redesigning it. Other times it feels like guesswork, implementing without really knowing if it’s working. And then there are times when it’s just plain hard work to get anything to happen. What we want is smooth execution to take the place of the work.






Why Leaders are Scared of KPIs

August 9, 2016 by Stacey Barr | Leave a Comment

The most visible leader in almost any country is the country's political leader. We want such leaders to make a real difference, a positive difference, to the quality of life we enjoy in our country. But what do those leaders care about? How would they measure their impact? Can we figure out Why Leaders are Scared of KPIs? Here's one response from such a leader.


No Failure, Only Feedback

August 2, 2016 by Stacey Barr | Leave a Comment

One person that always seems to have fun around failure is Adam Savage, from Mythbusters. He’s like a big kid, wide-eyed and giggling, as he and his more stoic co-star, Jamie Hyneman, test all kinds of pop-culture myths, like whether you can ride a motorcycle on water, escape a turtled car under water, and put your hand into molten lead and not be injured. Adam routinely says that he doesn’t ca...


Too often we assume that performance measurement depends on technical systems, like a business intelligence system or dashboard application. But for performance measurement to become entrenched in how our organisations work, it's the non-technical systems that matter most.



Donald Trump Jr., on 21st Century TV, interviewed my friends Howard Rohm (CEO) and Gail Stout Perry (Vice-President of Strategic Solutions) from the Balanced Scorecard Institute. During the interview they shared some great tips about strategy design, specifically with their approach to the Balanced Scorecard. They discussed:

  • the problems of the C-Suite designing goals that fail ...


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