Why good strategies fail: Lessons for the C-suite

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This report addresses how C-level executives engage in the implementation of strategies. It also explores barriers that impede the integration of strategic initiatives into business operations and results. The report draws on a survey of and in-depth interviews with senior executives.

Key findings include:

  • While executives recognize the importance of strategy implementation, the majority admit that their companies fall short
  • Many executives admit that the level of senior-level sponsorship for projects is lacking
  • Executives should identify and focus on strategically relevant projects and provide general oversight, not micromanagement
  • Most companies lack the skills or fail to deploy personnel needed for strategy implementation
  • Success results from working at implementation in a variety of ways

61 percent of respondents admit that their firms often struggle to bridge the gap between strategy formulation and its day-to-day implementation.