Number of pages: 280
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
BBB Library: Operations Management
Today, leaders lean more on their team members to help them make solid, reliable decisions on how to best execute the objectives that advance the ultimate organizational strategy. That’s why execution is the strategy. You can’t strategize your way to greatness; you execute your way there! Strategy can’t be separate from execution, as it used to be, and you have to continually adjust your strategy to fit new realities. This book shows you how to quickly drive strategic initiatives and get great results from your team. You will learn how to arm your troops more effectively and execute strategy on the front lines. If your goal is to come out with a strategy that facilitates implementing your task, product, or service in the smoothest, fastest, most cost-efficient way, join us on our journey.
"Laura Stack shows you how to quickly drive strategic initiatives and get great results from your team." - The Productivity Pro
"From an exit planning perspective, this book is an excellent resource for business owners who want to increase the value of their company for a future sale, or even preserve it’s existing value." - Exit Plan Show
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