Leading strategically involves discovering the few key things an organization needs to do well and can do well and then creating the conditions necessary to act collectively on the implications of that discovery.

For this to happen, organizations need to become continual learning engines. In many organizations, however, the process of making and implementing strategy hardly fits that description. Strategy often is set in long meetings and off-site retreats, resulting in a weighty strategic plan that sets out goals and objectives. What really matters is what happens between such meetings and retreats. Is the strategy actually implemented? How do you know the strategy is sound? Is the strategy creating differentiation, clarity, ...

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