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BOOK REVIEW: Six steps to successful strategy implementation

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The Strategic Leader's Roadmap: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy, by Harbir Singh and Michael Useem

ASK any strategist, no matter their approach to strategy or method, what is the biggest problem they face. Ask any business owner a few months after they have completed their strategy, what is the biggest problem they face. You will get exactly the same answer from both. The strategy is not being executed.

According to Professor Richard Rumelt of UCLA, there are only two types of strategy, “good strategy and bad strategy.” (He is the author of a book by the same name, reviewed in this column in 2012.) The strategy method described at the beginning of this book would fall into Rumelt’s definition of bad strategy, and I wouldn’t read this book for Part I. That said, it is a valuable guide on how to ensure your strategy is executed.

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