Strategic planning sessions can be like getting ready for for one of your “bucket list” vacation destinations, and then being stopped at the door with suitcases in hand. Everyone emerges from these offsite planning meetings full of excitement and anticipation about the future destination of the organization. But then the plan doesn’t go anywhere near the initial vision.
As the management observers and business leaders in this management briefing attest, successful execution comes down to three primary factors:
1) an action-oriented planning process;
2) tracking progress and accountability; and
3) cross-functional alignment.