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Chess Not Checkers by Mark Miller

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Game Plan

On the way back to the office, Blake called Alex. “Please see if everyone on the leadership team is in the office today. If they are, call a meeting for 2:00.” Although Blake believed the business was generally headed in the right direction, he agreed with Jack—they needed more focus on execution.

At 2:00, Blake began. “Thanks for coming on such short notice. I had a good meeting today with Jack, and we talked about the fourth move we need to make to create a high performance organization—Excel at Execution.”

“Isn’t that what we’ve been working on?” Charles asked.

“Yes and no,” Blake said. “The yes part: we are making good plans and laying the groundwork for the future. The no part: we are not moving with enough urgency. Our conversations ...

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