There is much written about execution. There are numerous articles and books stating that between 60% and 70% of strategies fail due to poor execution. With this failure rate, why would any organization go through a strategic planning process? It seems that doing nothing would lead to the same or better results. As stated in Chapter 1, business strategy evolved from the military and has been reserved for the “executive elite.” Unfortunately, strategy rarely becomes a part of the organization’s DNA serving as the connection between culture and execution.

Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell CEO and co-author of the book Execution, said, “Corporate strategies are intellectually simple; their execution is not. ...

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