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This richly illustrated book is for anyone who has a dream and wishes to fulfill it, but whose aspirations require the support of others. Most approaches to strategy implementation fail because strategy is created at one level (the top) and handed off to another (the middle and bottom). Consequently, everyone is frustrated. To improve strategy implementation, you have to do what we call "The Four Jobs of Strategy Execution" and involve employees in creating and carrying out the strategy. 
Contents
  1. Execution is Everything
  2. Change or Die
  3. The Human Side of Strategy
  4. Winning Minds (Job One)
  5. Winning Hearts (Job Two)
  6. Aligning Local Effort (Job Three)
  7. Designing Your Organization (Job Four) 
  8. Strategy Maps
  9. Right People, Right Place, Doing the Right Things
  10. Aligning the Senior Team 
  11. HR's Role in Strategy Execution
  12. Leading Strategy Execution

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Any executive or manager concerned with strategy execution should read this book. The authors tell you how to build a comprehensive strategy execution roadmap that deploys strategy throughout the organization and fits the organization to it.
--Dan Phelan, Chief of Staff, GlaxoSmithKline
 
The model is understandable, sound in theory and offers great practical tools and tips.  I also found Leading Execution inspiring as it offers a realistic plan leaders can implement to effect system-wide change. 
--Dave Bolz, Senior HR professional
  
Most strategy books focus on the easy part of strategy: generating a future vision. Leading Strategy Execution focuses on the hard work of strategy: getting the organization to deliver great results. If you're looking for practical, clear advice on improving strategy implementation, read this book! 
--Tom Mercer VP, Strategy Management, GlaxoSmithKline
 
This books puts it all together! It is pragmatic, readable, and realistic. The authors offer tools, stories, and sound advice based on their years of experience...an exceptionally valuable read.
--Linda Ackerman Anderson, author of The Change Leader's Roadmap
 
This much needed resource provides an enormously helpful set of ideas and applications. It enables leaders to successfully navigate the waters of strategy execution. 
--James F. Grady, PhD, SVP, California Casualty Management Company
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: TrueNorth Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982468318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982468319
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard McKnight (1947- ) grew up in Helena, MT and has lived for 30 years in Philadelphia, PA. He is a consultant who supports individuals and organizations as they make accelerated strategic change. For 30 years, he has worked with clients providing a variety of services in support of strategy execution. Those services include executive coaching, leadership development, strategic visioning, top team alignment, and organization design. He has a doctorate in organizational psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. McKnight's work focuses on realigning internal functioning with the demands of the external marketplace. He is skilled in quickly enabling large numbers of employees to
understand and embrace a company's new strategy, in aligning work unit effort with the strategy, and in fostering cross-divisional collaboration.

Rick speaks and publishes on the topics of strategy implementation, leadership, and organizational change. He is the author of Victim, Survivor, or Navigator? Choosing a Response to Workplace Change and is completing a new book, Leading Strategy Execution, with Tom Kaney and Shannon Breuer.

web sites: richardmcknight.com and mkbpartners.com

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With Leading Strategy Execution, you are like to get it! McKnight, Kaney and Breuer have put together a powerful and eminently practical guide to turning strategic vision into actual business results. Leading Strategy Execution is full of wisdom, real life examples and practical action steps that will empower business leaders to align their organizations and engage their employees' passions and discretionary efforts toward achieving meaningful strategic objectives. Through alignment and engagement, you'll be able to unleash the untapped potential in your organization and enable your strategy to become reality.
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In my library, I've many books on organizational change and strategic planning. Unfortunately, far too many books get bogged down in the conceptual realm. The books I return to again and again are the ones that provide both big-picture and ground-level views. "Leading Strategy Execution" is one of those books. While reading it, I enjoyed the engaging mix of what the 30,000 foot level looks like, explicit processes and steps to take action (amply illustrated with actual stories), and numerous nuggets of experience-based suggestions and perspectives. I particularly like the many charts, tables, and diagrams which concisely summarize the meat of the narrative. Finally, I appreciate the many references to outside research which anchor the authors' content in a very grounded manner. I highly recommend this book.
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I am only 1/3 of the way through the book and already implementing the strategies and activities. As the Director of a Head Start program, I find Dr. McKnight's insights, tools, and activities so helpful with my Leadership Team as we develop and implement our 3-year plan. I am recommending this book to the CEO of our agency for use with her Vice Presidents and Board.
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The authors have created an understandable, useful book that is based upon solid theories. The visuals are fantastic and their assessments useful, concise and to the point. Their "action learning" concept at the end of chapters is a great way to digest their chapters. This is one of the most practical strategy books I have read.

Dr. Kevin McCormack
DRK Research
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The authors have done a great job of presenting strategy execution in a thorough and accessible way. Specifically, this book provides: context to understand where and how strategy execution fits within an organization, techniques to develop a leader or consultant's awareness and skills; and real-world examples to best understand how those techniques can be applied.
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