Strategy or Execution?
There are two principal things a leader can influence when it comes to producing results: your strategy (or plan) and your ability to execute that strategy.
Stop for a moment and ask yourself this question: Which of these do leaders struggle with more? Is it creating a strategy, or executing the strategy?
Every time we pose this question to leaders anywhere in the world, their answer is immediate: “Execution!” … Now, ask yourself a second question: If you have an MBA or have taken business classes, what did you study more — execution or strategy? When we ask leaders this question, the response, once again, is immediate: “Strategy!” It’s perhaps not surprising that the area with which leaders struggle most is also the one in which they have the least education.
Sherif Selim – Execution Regional Practice Leader.