The 5 Pillars of Strategy Execution – Smarter with Gartner

By Jordan Bryan

Corporate strategists must ensure effective and aligned execution.

A recent Gartner poll of strategy leaders revealed slow strategy execution as the top challenge for 2019; 70% said they had little confidence in their ability to solve the problem. The Gartner 2019 Strategy Execution Benchmarking Survey finds that 83% of strategists believe execution is more important now than it was three years ago.

“When we asked a group of strategy leaders why execution is a challenge today, they attribute it to three things: Insufficient visibility and control, a ‘firefighting’ mentality that focuses on putting out fires and employee change fatigue,” says Marc Kelly, VP and Team Manager, Gartner.

These challenges are exacerbated by more complex, firmwide initiatives, more distributed decision making and a more uncertain environment. Corporate strategists can bridge the strategy-to-execution gap and drive aligned execution in five ways.

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