Albu On Strategy

Strategy Execution


Strategy + Teamwork = Success

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

For those regular readers of our monthly newsletter, you know that Harvey Mackay has contributed to our thinking on several occasions. Harvey Mackay is well known for his book, Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive. In a newsletter he wrote about teamwork and how it “divides the task and multiplies the success.” This […]

Focus on Results, Not Activities

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Both players and coaches of most high school, college and professional football teams recognize that what matters most is not only achieving the “W” at the end of the game, but the trophy at the end of the season. For high school it’s the state championship, college it’s the NCAA national championship and professional the […]

6 Guiding Principles to Successful Strategy Management

Monday, July 20th, 2015

It is a well-documented fact that 80% of strategic plans fail to realize their value. If you’ve invested in developing a strategy and wondered why it is not producing the results you expected, you might consider some of these guiding principles to put you back on track. Undoubtedly, developing and executing strategy (Strategy Management) can […]

5 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement in Strategy

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

For leaders to successfully execute strategy and achieve the results they want, everyone in their organization needs to support and buy-in to the plan, from management to the manufacturing floor. The best way to achieve this kind of organizational climate is to ensure you are engaging employees so that they feel ownership of the projects […]

A Path to Becoming a Strategic Leader

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Strategy tends to take a back seat in the lives of many senior executives. It’s not that they don’t want to be more strategic, rather, they are not sure of how. Some feel that if they spend a few hours a week, they will become better strategic leaders. Others might believe that an annual retreat […]

4 Ways to Overcome Strategy Execution Roadblocks

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Does this sound familiar to you? You’ve held your strategic planning meeting with your management team late last year, identified key strategic projects, assigned responsibilities and you were off and running. Everyone was on board, or so it seemed. What’s happening? Why are we not making any progress against these projects that are critical to […]

5 Reasons Why Strategy is Important

Monday, November 24th, 2014

When we first started strategic planning work over 20 years ago, a client and good friend said that succeeding in strategy management is hard work. It takes time, resources, and distracts from the urgency of running the day-to-day business. Today we would totally disagree. After working with over 200 clients on a wide range of […]

Is Strategy Execution Worth the Effort?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

If you are a regular reader of our newsletter it will not be breaking news that execution management is critical in realizing the objectives of your strategy. However, Execution management is a capability and like any skill requires time and investment to master. Therefore, it is not unusual for business owners and CEOs to ask […]

10 Guiding Principles to Manage Strategy Successfully

Friday, May 16th, 2014

How often have you wondered why your strategy doesn’t seem to be working?   You might be experiencing slower progress then you expected, or in some areas, you might be experiencing complete inactivity.  Undoubtedly, planning and executing strategy can at times be quite frustrating, and obstacles seem to constantly get in the way of success. Over […]

3 Reasons Strategy Fails

Monday, December 16th, 2013

At Albu Consulting, our key message to clients and prospects is “Strategy without execution is useless and Execution without strategy is aimless.”  We believe those words speak for themselves, but let’s look at the facts.  In a recent McKinsey & Co. survey of 197 companies, 97% of leaders believed they had the right strategy, but […]