Albu On Strategy

Strategy Execution


The Impact on Strategy in the Midst of Uncertainty

Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Uncertainty…Has inflation peaked? Are we in a recession? Will the federal reserve increase rates?  Will supply chain challenges be resolved?  We have written often about the challenges business leaders face and the impact of uncertainty on strategy management.  Two of our most recent articles on the subject were Strategic Thinking in Turbulent Times, May 2022 […]

Make Strategy Happen

Monday, July 18th, 2022

Watching the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews’ Old Course this year was exciting, particularly watching how players were tested on a very challenging golf course. Each player had his strategy going into the tournament, but to win they needed to execute.  To win, they needed remained flexible by adapting to course conditions, changing weather, […]

Six Cs of Successful Strategy Execution

Friday, January 14th, 2022

In their book The Execution Premium, Harvard Business School professors Norton and Kaplan found that 70% of companies fail to achieve the full value of their strategic plan.  A Brightline survey carried out in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit found that 53% of executive leaders believe that a failure to deliver on strategic objectives […]

What is Your Organization’s Execution Intelligence?

Monday, October 18th, 2021

Our clients are all smart.  They understand their respective business inside and out, but occasionally we encounter a very smart executive that lacks XQ.  According to teleseminar guru Alex Mandossian, developing your XQ involves several key points: “Don’t focus on complex solutions or even elegant ones. Sometimes we get too mired in details to see […]

Three Bones of Strategy

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

Country music singer Reba McEntire is quoted as saying, “to succeed in life, you need three things: wishbone, backbone and funny bone.”  As in life, in business these three bones can also be guiding principles to developing and executing a successful strategy. A WISHBONE is for a well-defined strategy, providing clear direction to the organization […]

Time to RETHINK, RELOAD, RESTART Your Strategy

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

As we make our way out of the Covid-19 crisis in 2021, its time to rethink, reload, and restart your business.  Its time to bounce back from adversity.  Its time to balance short-term tactical activities with long-term strategic initiatives.  Its time to capitalize on strengths and invest in future winning capabilities.  Value creation requires strategic […]

Tom Brady AKA Chief Strategy Execution Officer

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Over the years we have written a number of articles about sports legends and how strategy played a role in their success. It seems only appropriate after the Super Bowl to refer to our March 2017 article Lessons from Bill Belichick on Leadership. Belichick is the only head coach to win six Super Bowls.  On […]

Death, Taxes and Strategy

Friday, September 18th, 2020

“Only three things in life are certain: 1) death, 2) taxes, and 3) the fact that today’s strategy won’t work tomorrow.  At some point in the future, your products will become obsolete, your customers’ tastes will change, and technology will render your business model uncompetitive.  Today’s success will be tomorrow’s old news.  The question is […]

Short-Term/Long-Term Strategic Choices

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

From our vantage point, we cannot honestly say that anyone has all the answers at this moment in time.  Uncertainty about the future continues, and crisis management in the near term is consuming everyone’s attention.  According to a survey by Alera Group, titled Covid-19 Employer Pulse Survey, “over 80% of respondents across all sizes, regions […]

5 Things to Consider to Survive Disruption

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

We are in a time of uncertainty and disruption that we have never seen before in our lifetimes and hopefully will not experience again.  Business leaders are faced with having to make choices that impact their employees, their families and the survival of their business.  Here are five things to consider as you work your […]